Aretha Franklin intends to dramatically decrease the frequency of her performances following the launch of a new full-length album in the fall. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now,” she stated. “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.”
Franklin’s last full-length album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, came out in 2014, featuring covers of tunes by Gloria Gaynor, Adele and Chaka Khan. On that album, she worked with producers well-versed in the ways of contemporary pop – notably R&B, ace Babyface and the rapper André 3000.
After this year, the legendary soul singer will go back to the studio to make a brand new record. She described the album as “kind of multi-(directional).” She recruited her old pal Stevie Wonder to assist with her latest project. “Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie (Wonder),” she said. “There’s only one Stevie, right?”