Next Friday, August 31 in Detroit, Michigan, family, friends, colleagues and fans will gather to celebrate the life and achievements of Aretha Franklin. Known for songs such as “Respect,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natual Woman,” Franklin’s career spanned seven decades.
On Thursday, the Associated Press received a list of performers scheduled to appear at Franklin’s funeral next week. The soul singer’s longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, provided the list to the Associated Press. The all-star lineup of talent includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantastica, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, and her son, Edward Franklin. The Aretha Franklin Orchestra and Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir will also perform with gospel stars such as Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Audrey DuBois, and Alice McAllister Tillman.
The service will be hosted at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. The funeral is the final event during a weeklong remembrance of Aretha Franklin, including a public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History next Tuesday and Wednesday. A public concert at Chene Park Amphitheater is slated for next Thursday, where the Four Tops will perform.
“I’m happy — we always love to do anything we can for ‘little sis,’” Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the lone surviving member of the original Four Tops shared, He also added that the performances “should be awe-inspiring.”
Besides topping the charts throughout her career, Aretha Franklin earned numerous honorary degrees from multiple universities. She received 18 Grammy Awards and another 26 nominations over her many years in the music business. She was the first woman inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She’s also the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and was named a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018, after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old.