Aretha Franklin to release new album, Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love, May 3rd | Music News

Following her recent, reportedly resolved, health scares Soul queen Aretha Franklin will release her first new album in eight years on May 3rd, titled Aretha: A Woman Falling Out Of Love. Set for release independently through her own label, Aretha Records, the album was mostly produced by Franklin herself, with additional help from her sons, Kecalf and Eddie.

“The Queen of soul says her new CD is a glimpse into a failed relationship she was in several years ago,” report zimbio, who add that Franklin’s latest musical offering will include a track featuring actor Billy Dee Williams.

The album features modern standards and familiar classics, including Theme from a Summer Place, gospel hymn His Eye Is On the Sparrow, and a version of BB King‘s Sweet Sixteen. The bonus track is a live recording of Franklin performing at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration in 2009, singing My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.

“Ladies, take a good look at the photo of me on this album,” Franklin said. “This is how you’re supposed to look when you’re a woman falling out of love. Don’t sit by the phone waiting for him to call you, girlfriend; I want you to listen very closely to the lyrics of the songs on this album and you’ll hear a few good tips. Go out and have a ball!”

Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love will be released through Walmart on 3 May and available digitally/through other outlets from June 3 via Aretha Records.