Say A Little Prayer for Aretha

via MTV

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942, Aretha Franklin was destined to be skilled singer and piano player. She wound up in New York, where she eventually landed a deal with Columbia Records. In her career, she's released numerous classic singles. In 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2008 she won her eighteenth Grammy.

In 2003, she released her last studio collection on Arista, and left to establish Aretha Records. After two years, she was honored the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is the second woman ever to be enlisted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. In 2008, she got her eighteenth Grammy Award for "Never Gonna Break My Faith"— a joint effort with Mary J. Blige. 

Unfortunately, she is having a few problems. She scratched off three shows because of health concerns.

"Due to doctors' orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so," she said. "I'm especially disappointed because two of them are among my favorite cities, Washington D.C. and New York. I don't want to miss any. I should continue the rest of my tour by November. I decided it was time to go home and take care of myself consistent with doctors' orders."

Aretha, thank you for sharing your amazing gifts with us. Get well soon!

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