Independent Research: Aretha Franklin- Lady Soul
The great and talented Aretha Franklin being called the Queen of Soul began singing at her father’s church starting off as a gospel artist. Her voice has touched and inspired every one in the music industry since the 1960s unto the present day. Released in January 1968, the album Aretha: Lady Soul ensured the world and pop music that Aretha Franklin was no accident.
At the age 24 Franklin signed a contract to Atlantic Records under the supervision of producer Jerry Wexler. The studio FAME is where he wanted to give Franklin more of an edge and a chance to free here voice in capturing a southern groove in here music. Doing so this would reshape soul music. The first song on the album “Chain of Fools” was one of Franklins biggest hit. Singing originals on the album such as James Brown “Money Won’t Change You,” made a significant song into her own. As a 1965 civil-right anthem Franklin sings Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” which she slows down the tempo and adds a brass arrangement by Arif Mardin.
In the late ‘60s Franklin became one of the biggest recording stars in pop music. People also referred here as being a symbol of black America itself increasing African- Americans pride and confidence during The Civil Rights Movement.
Aretha: Lady Soul stayed on the charts for the entire year of 1968. “Chain of Fools” hit (Number two pop, Number One on the R&B Charts) and “Since You’ve Been Gone” (Number five pop, Number One on the R&B Charts). The song (You Make Me Feel like) A Natural Woman is one of Franklin’s greatest performances. This album is not just amazing by vocals of Aretha Franklin but also by the support of the FAME studio session players ranging from Bobby Womack and Eric Clapton. As some people may say Aretha Franklin is; electrifying, inspirational, a boss lady, a star but she will always be known as the Queen of Soul.
While growing up in my grandfather’s church the first stream of me listening to Aretha Franklin music was at the start of her gospel album. At a young age listening to the young Aretha Franklin sign those songs with great power reminded me of Mahalia Jackson singing. I enjoy listening to Aretha Franklin music all day and every day.
As an industry professional if I have an artist like Aretha Franklin or someone with a unique voice I will do what Jerry Wexler did with Aretha Franklin; let the artist be themselves and to find a style that will make that artist glow differently from other artists.
I see myself fitting in the music field just fine. As I been studding and writing about the different aspects of music it has helped me gain knowledge of were I have been so no I can see were I am heading to in the music world. Five years down the road I will be in a studio applying my work that I have learn at Full Sail on the different projects that come my way. What make me different from my fellow competition are three things: use of resources, enhancement, and I do things out of the ordinary.