Following news Aretha Franklin is preparing a new album for release before the end of the month with Clive Davis overseeing production, there’s great anticipation over what the legendary soul singer has put together with the help of Clive Davis’ oversight.
This new project will be Franklin’s 39th studio release in 58 years, and according to Davis the icon is “in absolutely peak form.” It also marks Franklin’s reunion with Davis and his Arista Records, following two releases apart.
“Aretha has always held a very special place in my heart. She’s universally recognized to be the greatest singer of all time,” Davis told Billboard. “Although we took a recording break, our strong friendship always continued. And it was a particular thrill when we announced two years ago that we would be making another album together.
“I had this concept of having the Queen of Soul inimitably interpret Diva classics by Dinah Washington, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Gloria Gaynor, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Adele among others. And has she done that. Aretha’s new album is purely and simply sensational. She’s on fire and vocally in absolutely peak form. What a thrill to see this peerless artist still showing the way, still sending shivers up your spine, still demonstrating that all contemporary music needs right now is the voice. What a voice.”
The album’s name has not yet been announced. It is due for release Sept. 30.