According to WDIV Local 4:
“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” Franklin said.
Franklin said she is “exuberant” about her new album and “can’t wait to get in the studio.” The album is expected to be released in September, with a tour that includes only select dates. She won’t have more than one date planned per month, and the full tour will last “maybe for six months.”
Franklin spent 56 years as a legendary singer and songwriter.
“This will be my last year,” Franklin said. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
She’s not retiring completely. She said she will do “some select things, many one a month, for six months out of the year.” But she said her grandchildren are leaving for college and she wants to spend time with them.
Franklin said the announcement is bittersweet because “it’s what I’ve done all of my life.”
“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” Franklin said. “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 is one of the most distinctive voices in popular music, known for hits including Respect and Dr Feelgood.
The Original R&B Divas
1. Diana Ross1 of 15
2. Aretha Franklin2 of 15
3. Gladys Knight3 of 15
4. Phyllis Hyman4 of 15
5. Chaka Khan5 of 15
6. Patti Labelle6 of 15
7. Minnie Riperton7 of 15
8. Anita Baker8 of 15
9. Whitney Houston9 of 15
10. Roberta Flack10 of 15
11. Vesta Williams11 of 15
12. Dionne Warwick12 of 15
13. Natalie Cole13 of 15
14. Tina Turner14 of 15
15. Tammi Terrell15 of 15
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