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