Aretha Franklin has announced that she will retire from performing. As the legendary singer told Detroit’s Local 4, "This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.” The good news is that she will begin work on a new album of all original songs slated for release this September. Adding to the good news, Stevie Wonder will be producing a number of those songs. There will also be a tour of select dates around the album, with one show per month “maybe for six months,” Franklin said.
Franklin also detailed a bit of what to expect on the record, which was pretty much expect the unexpected. "It's kind of multi-(directional)," she said. "We're not pigeonholed to any one thing." The album will also be recorded exclusively in the Motor City. "I keep my business in Detroit, or as close to Detroit as possible," Franklin said.
But the Queen of Soul doesn’t seem to be hanging up her crown completely, as she left an opening for some “select things.” But most of all she feels her career is pretty much fulfilled and that she would like to spend more time with her grandchildren, although the singer told Local 4 that she will still be active.
"I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now," Franklin said. "I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn't be good either."
Keep it at AXS for more news on Aretha Franklin’s new album and tour. You can check out the full Local 4 interview below as well Franklin’s performance at the White House.