Memorable moments from Aretha Franklin's day-long 'homegoing' - so far

Memorable moments from Aretha Franklin's day-long 'homegoing' - so far

She was voted the greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and for African American women in particular was a role model and a benchmark for success, feminism and empowerment. He said they "talked all the time", the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak.

The set list for Aretha Franklin's Detroit funeral kicked off with singers such as Faith Hill and Ariana Grande celebrating the life of "The Queen of Soul".

The former president recalled being an "Aretha groupie" all his life and being thrilled to meet her backstage at her last public performance, a benefit in Harlem for Elton John's AIDS charity previous year.

"This woman got us all here in these seats today, not because she had this breathtaking talent, which she did, not because she grew at least a princess of soul. but because she lived with courage", Clinton said. She had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart.

Taking to the stage, the starlet hit the high notes easily as she performed in front of the funeral congregation.

"She deserves the very best". An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces ..."

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"She understood how to wield power without raising her voice".

Franklin, who died at her Detroit home from pancreatic cancer, began her musical career as a child singing gospel at the city's New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, CL Franklin, was the pastor, famous for his hypnotic sermons.

Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, told the AP she started putting thoughts to paper about events earlier this year as her aunt's health failed.

Faith spoke about her connection to Aretha following her passing. She was a civil rights activist when it wasn't popular. She will be performing the classic gospel song, "I'm Going Up Yonder". Her voice made you feel something. Aretha took orders from no one but God, ' he added. You felt every word, every note, every emotion in the songs she sang.

She was carried in a gleaning casket plated in 24-karat gold.

The turnout is all thanks to Mary Kay national sales director Crisette Ellis asked that any employee who owns a pink Cadillac show up for Franklin's funeral service, according to the Detroit Free Press.