Aretha! The woman behind some of music's most iconic material is hitting the road next year to perform hits she's created over her nearly 60-year career. Beloved all over the world for singing well-known anthems like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman," Franklin's legacy expands leagues beyond, and she's been the recipient of nearly every award available to musicians. On Saturday, March 14, 2015, tri-state area fans will have an opportunity to see the living piece of history live, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Born in 1942, Franklin got her start in music by singing in church. She originally signed to Columbia Records and made a career-making move to Atlantic, for whom she recorded her biggest hits. Speaking of hits, the woman has scored 112 charting singles, 21 of which were number-one hits. She's considered a star in the worlds of R&B, jazz, pop, soul, gospel, and opera and has earned herself 18 Grammy awards and a place in history as one of the highest-selling female artists. She got her start in life in Memphis, where she was born into a musical family; her father was a preacher and her mother an accomplished pianist. Young Franklin would eventually learn to play the same instrument, and she began to make a name for herself as a gifted gospel singer. However, it was pop music she truly loved, and history started being made when she was 18 and signed to Columbia Records, releasing her debut single "Today I Sing the Blues" in 1960.
Since then, she has released 39 studio albums along with several live albums and countless compilation albums. She has worked with Quincy Jones, George Michael, James Brown, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett, and more. She has earned 14 Grammys for Best R&B Vocal Performance, a Grammy Legend Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Just go. Tickets are available here for between $44 to around $170.