A formidable parade of music stars — from nation and pop to R&B and gospel — socked it to us with their soul as they paid respect Friday to Aretha Franklin. Listed here are 5 praiseworthy performances for the Queen of Soul at Detroit’s Higher Grace Temple.
Chaka Khan, “Going Up Yonder”
Khan — one in all the few soul singers who, at the peak of their powers, could possibly be talked about in the identical breath with Franklin — introduced some secular sass to the starting of this gospel traditional. However then, as if she caught the holy spirit, Khan unleashed the righteous, force-of-nature wailing that did Aretha proud.
Audrey DuBois Harris, “Nice Is Thy Faithfulness”
This soprano, who had beforehand sung for each Franklin and President Barack Obama, blurred the strains between classical and gospel with a riveting, octave-leaping rendition of this hymn that raised the steeple off of the church. Her dramatic grandeur would have performed simply as properly at the Met.
The Clark Sisters, “Is My Dwelling in Useless?”
These gospel greats had an actual connection to Franklin: Additionally hailing from Detroit, they as soon as sang along with her at the Grammys, whereas Franklin sang at their mom’s funeral. So it was solely becoming that the Clark Sisters returned the love. Singing “Is My Dwelling in Useless?” they answered the titular query with a convincing, “No, after all not!” It was an applicable sentiment for such a home-going service. And the Clark Sisters introduced it all house with an a cappella flourish that includes some superb, Aretha-inspired runs.
Fantasia, “Treasured Lord, Take My Hand/You’ve Acquired a Buddy”
The 2004 “American Idol” winner, who went on to have her personal Grammy-winning recording profession, took off her sneakers to start out this medley (which Franklin additionally did on her “Wonderful Grace” album). That often means severe enterprise for a soul singer. And it most positively did for Fantasia, who was all uncooked, raspy-voice ardour.
Jennifer Hudson, “Wonderful Grace”
Hudson was a pure — handpicked as she was by Franklin to play her in an upcoming biopic. Not solely was her efficiency technically assured, however by it she poured all the emotion we felt in saying goodbye to Aretha.