Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin announces retirement

Aretha Franklin performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO/Kevin Winter/Getty Images

At 74, the Queen of Soul has decided to take it a little easier.

Aretha Franklin, 74 – the Queen of Soul – is planning to retire this year, she told Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4, the city’s NBC affiliate.
Franklin says she has one more album planned, with several tracks produced by Stevie Wonder, and will otherwise limit herself to “some select things” as she devotes more time to her grandchildren.
She also says 2017 will be her “last year in concert.”

Franklin, whose many hits include “Respect” and “Think,” added that she did not want to do “just nothing.” But she said that she is otherwise “very satisfied” with her career and is ready to step back.

Franklin, an 18-time Grammy-winner, recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has fought back against health issues that have regularly forced her to cancel or postpone concerts in recent years.

Source: Associated Press