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.