Aretha Franklin's deep roots in the church

In a piece for The New Orleans Times, Aretha Franklin's deep roots in the church were discussed as her father, before his death, spoke about her singing secular music. Reverend Franklin can be heard in Aretha's 1972 live album "Amazing Grace", describe how a woman he met told him that she would be glad when Aretha returns to the church.  In response, Rev. Franklin said "Listen, baby, let me tell you something. If you want to know the truth, she has never left the church. All you have to do is have ... the ability to hear and the ability to feel," he says, "and you will know that Aretha is still a gospel singer! And the way she sings in this church she sings anywhere she sings."

Tributes to the late Queen of Soul are everywhere! Indeed her voice will always be in the church! 

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