Aretha Franklin is calling it quits.
The iconic ‘Queen of Soul’ dropped major news during an interview with Detroit’s Local 4 News and confirmed that 2017 will mark the year of her retirement.
But, wait…before dry eyes bawl with tears, Auntie ‘Retha is not fulling tuning out her vocals. In fact, she’ll be releasing a new album in September and plans to continue recording!
“This will be my last year,” the Detroit-native shared. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
The diva, who set a prime standard for music with her velvety vocals and soul-stirring tunes, has shared her gift of song and songwriter for the past 56 years – which is also a reason behind the legend’s bittersweet feeling toward her decision toward “retiring.”
“It’s what I’ve done all of my life. I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either,” Franklin told the news outlet.
While, the “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” singer limits her performance engagements, she did mention that her upcoming album will include a “maybe [a] six month” tour with select dates. In addition, she won’t have more than one date planned per month.
I know, we’re all just getting over the news that fellow Detroit-native Anita Baker has closed the curtain on her music career to just kick back and relax; Franklin’s news comes due to her grandchildren preparing to head off to college and she wanting to spend more time with them.
As for the new album, Stevie Wonder will have a heavy hand in production and because the Queen of Soul keeps it Detroit, that’s exactly where she’ll be recording.
“[I] can’t wait to get in the studio. It’s kind of multi-directional. We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing.”