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  1. Jan 30, 2018 · Early Life and Career. The fourth of five children, Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Baptist preacher Reverend Clarence La Vaughan "C. L." Franklin and ...

  2. Franklin's cover of "Rolling in the Deep" was featured among nine other songs in her first RCA release, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, released in October 2014. In doing so, she became the first woman to have 100 songs on Billboard' s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with the success of her cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep ...

  3. Urban Contemporary Gospel Hymns for Funerals. Urban contemporary gospel music is a recent sub-genre of gospel music, though early forms can be dated back to the 1970’s when songs like The Clark Sisters’s “You brought the sunshine,” Edwin Hawkins’s “Oh Happy Day” and Andrae Crouch’s “Take Me Back” became mainstream hits.

  4. Apr 05, 2021 · In 1956, at the age of 14, Aretha Franklin released Songs of Faith: Aretha Gospel, her very first album. Rolling Stone describes her voice as "world-weary and mystical at the same time," while Pitchfork calls the album "a window into the early sounds of a genius. ... You hear her voice, and she is already Aretha."

  5. These songs have become community owned songs, as singers and listeners throughout the world relate to the words of assurance that are delivered and adopted in the messages. The influence of Mahalia Jackson is evident in her style and references to the storms of life and of the good that is produced through overcoming adversity.

  6. Jul 01, 2013 · In 1953, C.L. put his own troupe on the road, and for a dozen years, C.L. Franklin’s Gospel Caravan plied the nation’s highways and back roads, playing churches, radio, theaters, fairs, gospel conventions, anywhere they were paid. The Caravan almost always featured top stars, and some stars-to-be, fourteen-year-old Aretha, chiefly.

  7. James Edward Cleveland (December 5, 1931 – February 9, 1991) was an American gospel singer, musician, and composer. Known as the King of Gospel, Cleveland was a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound by incorporating traditional black gospel, soul, pop, and jazz in arrangements for mass choirs.