Aretha Franklin is arguably the greatest soul singer of all time, and she is still capable of doing astonishing things onstage. Her performance at the White House last year, for instance, had some incredible moments. But Franklin is 74 now, and she’s had a number of health problems in recent years. So perhaps it’s not a surprise that, as Pitchfork reports, Franklin recently announced that she will retire this year.
In a recent interview, Franklin told Detroit’s WDIV that she plans to release a new album in September. She claims that it’ll be entirely made up of original songs and that Stevie Wonder will produce several of its tracks. But once the album is out, Franklin says that, while she’ll keep recording, she will no longer perform live. And speaking of her career, she had this to say:
I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now. 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.
Franklin allowed that she might occasionally make select appearances, but she also says that her grandchildren are leaving for college soon and that she wants to spend time with them.