Incredibly sad news received today that one of music's most respected and iconic figures has passed.
R.I.P. Aretha Franklin
Aretha influenced a generation through soul, and her ability to inspire through song. She lived with an incredible attitude and a talent that drew people together for her entire career, more than 50 years. From releasing gospel songs at age 14, through to winning 18 Grammy's, Aretha remained possibly the most authentic of all superstars.
A statement from her family revealed, "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart."
"We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."
The memory of her greatness will live forever in the music. Take a moment to stop today and just listen, in honour of the legacy she gifted to us all.