RIP To The Queen

RIP To The Queen

She’s an inspiration to all and a trailblazer, being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with inductions into the UK Music Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

RIP To The Queen

She’s an inspiration to all and a trailblazer, being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with inductions into the UK Music Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Legends. You adore them, you enjoy when they speak, seeing them on TV and knowing that they are there to serve as inspiration for the next generation of people who are looking to make an impact. When they leave you, it almost doesn’t seem real. You grow comfortable knowing they’re there and almost take their presence for granted. However, few did it the way Aretha Franklin did it.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Detroit, Michigan, her singing career began in the church where her father served as a minister. At the age of 18, she took it to the next level and worked alongside Columbia Records for some time before really taking off in 1967 under Atlantic Records. It didn’t take long for people to see how gifted she was, as she soon earned her infamous moniker, “The Queen of Soul.”

You look at the commercial success of artists today and think it’s amazing, rightfully so, but Aretha put up numbers throughout her career as well in a time where music was far less accessible. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best selling musicians of all-time. 112 of her singles have reached the Billboard charts, 77 of which entered the Hot 100. She prospered both in Pop and R&B, and has the most Billboard entries of any female artist ever. And for those into the award shows, she racked up plenty of Grammy’s as well with 18.

She’s an inspiration to all and a trailblazer, being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with inductions into the UK Music Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She brought incredible vocals, piano excellence, and general music acumen to the table. Harvard even recognized this, with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 2014. This is one of the several institutions to give her the credit she deserved in the form of an honorary degree. She will forever be immortal in Hollywood as well, with her very own star on the Walk of Fame.

However, her influence goes beyond the accolades. She served as someone to be looked up to when the country was at its worse pertaining to racial tensions. She was yet another example of the fact it doesn’t matter where you came from because you can make it and you can excel at what you want to do. Cancer is truly a force, and it is unfortunate that yet another person we love has fallen victim to it. There won’t be another like Aretha Franklin, and the music world is forever indebted to her. Rest in power, Queen.