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Houston Symphony captures love, pain, and triumph in tribute to Aretha Franklin

Capathia Jenkins, Broadway singer and actress, talks about her upcoming powerful performance of Aretha Franklin’s songs with the Houston Symphony April 22 – 24. Plus, award-winning writer and biographer David Ritz shares memories of compassion and other things he learned while working with the Queen of Soul.



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Born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of a Baptist preacher-father and a pianist-mother, Aretha Franklin grew up to be the Queen of Soul. Her many honors include the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

And in 1987, she made history by becoming the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

From April 22 – 24 at Jones Hall, the Houston Symphony will pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Aretha Franklin — the music legend who changed popular music forever.

Broadway star Capathia Jenkins joins us to talk about her performance of Franklin’s hit songs for this tribute concert and how she feels a connection with the icon.

Also, we talk with Franklin's biographer David Ritz, who describes her as an extraordinary artist that represents a “perfect storm” of things coming together.


Capathia Jenkins

  • Broadway singer and actress
  • Performing the concert Aretha: Queen of Soul with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall

David Ritz

  • Best-selling writer, ghostwriter, novelist and lyricist
  • Co-author of Aretha Franklin's autobiography "From These Roots" (1999)
  • Author of the biography "Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin" (2014)

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