Aretha Franklin Funeral to Feature Tribute Performances From 19 Different Artists
Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams are among those slated to honor the late icon at the Aug. 31 service in Detroit.
Aretha Franklin's life will be celebrated in song on Aug. 31 at a funeral in her native Detroit that will feature performances from 19 different acts, including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley and Fantasia, among a number of others.
According to the full list of expected performers published by the Detroit Free Press, the Queen of Soul will be celebrated at the Greater Grace Temple on Detroit's west side by nearly two dozen pop, R&B and gospel singers, including Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, the Clark Sisters and Jennifer Holliday, with Greater Grace's Bishop Charles H. Ellis III officiating the service along with the Rev. Robert Smith Jr. of Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church.
The eulogy for the late music superstar -- who died on Aug. 16 following a battle with pancreatic cancer -- will be delivered by the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. of Atlanta's Salem Baptist Church. The funeral will be private, but some public seating might be made available according to the Press. Other performers slated to participate include: Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Marvin Sapp, The Williams Brothers, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Audrey DuBois Harris, Alice McAllister Tillman, Edward Franklin, the Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir.
A separate tribute show will take place the night before at Chene Park, featuring Johnny Gill, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angie Stone and Raheem DeVaughn, among others.