Aretha

As a preacher's child, my first encounter of Aretha's voice started with this album, Amazing Grace. With only gospel music being played in our household, I wouldn't even come to realize her massive worldwide fame until a little later in my youth (...much the same with Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway and Al Green - they were all only gospel artists to me back then too. ;) )

I didn't dare try to sing any of Aretha's repertoire for most of my life; maybe out of the sheer reverence for such a indelible sound that was her's. (and/or mere intimidation) But I can't explain the impact she had on my inner artistic life other than being ubiquitous or omnipresent like she was to most people I think. All I can say is rest in peace, rest in power, rest in our hearts, rest wherever you please your Majesty. We are forever changed by your divine work on this earth.

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"Mary, Don't You Weep" is from the 1972 album "Amazing Grace" by Aretha Franklin. It ultimately sold over two million copies in the United States alone, earning a Double Platinum certification. As of 2010 it is also the biggest selling disc of Aretha's entire fifty year recording career.
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