Aretha Franklin reuniting w/ Clive Davis for new music | Music News

As Aretha Franklin and a few of her famous friends celebrated her 70th birthday Saturday night at New York’s posh Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, the Queen of Soul pulled the wraps off of a gift her fans are sure to appreciate: An announcement that she will be recording new music with longtime friend and mentor Clive Davis.

“I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I’m recording with Clive again,” Franklin revealed to the Associated Press before adding, “we’re going to sit together and decide what it is we’re going to record.”

Davis was integral in Franklin’s 1980s comeback after signing the singer to his Arista Records imprint. In 1983 the duo released Jump To It, Franklin’s first gold-certified album since 1976’s Sparkle soundtrack, and secured her first platinum-selling album with 1985’s Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Franklin’s Arista years also produced hit singles like “United Together” and her classic “Freeway of Love.”

In case you’re wondering whether Franklin still has pipes at age 70, keep in mind that her last album, 2011’s A Woman Falling Out of Love, was received well by critics impressed with how great the then late-60s singer’s voice still sounded. The L.A. Times’ review of A Woman… said she sounded “voluminous with life and optimism” and reaffirmed that she is, as Rolling Stone had recently dubbed her, “the greatest singer of all time.”

Although she celebrated Saturday night, Franklin’s birthday is actually Sunday, March 25, so fans should make it a point to keep her songs playing all day today and feel comfortable knowing that the Queen of Soul’s reign hasn’t ended.

Happy Birthday, Aretha!

[Source: WaPo]