Josh Groban joined the long list of music artists and celebrities who have paid tribute to Aretha Franklin after her Aug. 16 passing following a battle with cancer. Groban recounted an unforgettable experience in which he had the opportunity to do a duet with the renowned “Respect” singer to Billboard.
Franklin made a huge impression on Groban when they did a “You Raise Me Up” duet in 2009 for Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday event at Radio City Music Hall. He described the indelible experience by saying she was “very open-hearted” about listening to the song together and deciding where each of them would sing.
He then recalled learning an “important lesson” while they actually performed the duet. “We rehearsed in her dressing room, and when you go out on stage you quickly learn the most important lesson when doing a duet with Aretha Franklin -- when her microphone goes up to her mouth, your microphone drops to the floor, “ Groban said, “I would watch her, and every time her mic came up, mine went down. I just let her do what she does best, and so well, and in the gaps in between I'd try to catch up.”
Aretha Franklin touched millions of lives and her legacy will live on forever. As previously reported, a host of stars have also paid tribute to Franklin including renowned producer Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Paul McCartney and many more. A public viewing is being held today (Aug. 28) and tomorrow (Aug. 29) in Detroit for Ms. Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Her private family and friend-only funeral follows on Aug. 31 at Greater Grace Temple, also in Detroit.
Josh Groban recently dropped the lyric video for his moving song “River” which addresses coping with anxiety and hails from his upcoming album Bridges which is due to drop on Sept. 21. He is also touring to support Bridges with Idina Menzel as his special guest on the Bridges Tour. Stay tuned to AXS for Josh Groban updates.