Aretha Franklin will never stop singing, even if it’s only for her family. But the Queen of Soul is calling it a career after her new album is released in September.
“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” Franklin told a Detroit TV station. “This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
At 74, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who lived in the Los Angeles area from the mid-1970s to 1982 can look back on a 56-year career, with “Respect” being her signature song.
(“I love Los Angeles,” she told The Orange County Register in 2015. “I do miss it. I love the Ivy on Robertson Boulevard and Fatburger.”
Franklin told the station 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.”
She’s especially hoping for more time with her grandchildren, who are leaving for college.
Hearts stopped with her name began trending on social media. But it was a false alarm. Aretha is alive and well.