All hail to the Queen Aretha Louise Franklin. Today marks the day the Queen of Soul was born. The 18-time Grammy winner was placed on this earth in Memphis, Tennessee on the 25th of March in 1942. Her family later moved to the Motor City when Aretha was 4. She started out singing in the house of the lord in Detroit when she was just 14. At that moment it was clear she was a force to reckon with. Her record deal came a short time after. Recording soulful music was her destiny.

–  Over time more than a dozen million-selling singles

– 20 No. 1 R&B hits

– 2 number one hits on Billboard Hot 100: “Respect & I knew you were waiting for me”

– A cover story in Time

– A civil rights award from Martin Luther King Jr.

– A spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

– A lifetime achievement award in 1995)

– A role alongside John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in The Blues Brothers.

Over the past couple of years she began having health issues and her weight had become a major factor. While on the Wendy Williams show she stated she was “losing the weight was hard but she was too fat for words”. Though as the pounds fell off many wondered how she did it. She put the rumors to rest and revealed to have lost the weight the natural way. Obviously in better health and even better spirits she’s looking fabulous. She has lost 85pounds and says she’s looking forward to losing more.

The Lady of Soul became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Aretha Franklin Tribute – Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolonda Adams, Martina McBride Live From The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011

Aretha Franklin Tribute (Live at Grammy Awards… by wonderful-life1989

Jade West “Always on a Musical Quest”

Producer of the Russ Parr Morning Show M-F 6-10am

Producer of Straight Talk Live with Nathan Ive Sunday’s 8-10am

On-Air Sunday’s 10-1pm