The Queen of Soul has passed, and what more can we say than thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your talent with the world?
From the ultimate empowering anthem Respect to soulful classics like (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Chain Of Fools, and I Say A Little Prayer For You to activist songs like Spanish Harlem and Think Aretha defined multiple generations with her words and her voice. And she never left her roots in the church and her family.
Here's what others have said about Aretha Franklin's life...
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. http://pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul http://pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
I will forever cherish the moments I spent in your presence. Your indelible impact was earned not only by your incomparable voice but by your bigger than life personality, wit and humor. I say a BIG prayer for you. You will forever have all our RESPECT. Love, Mariah ♥️ http://pic.twitter.com/97qk0J64rO
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 16, 2018
Want to learn more about her amazing life?
Check out coverage from CNN and The Altantic.