Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement After New Album

February 9, 2017

Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has announced her plans for retirement this year. Franklin talked to Detroit’s WDIV Local 4 about her new album, which is expected to be released in September, and her plans to retire after its release. “I must tell you,” Franklin says, “I am retiring this year.”

Franklin notes will embark on a short six-date tour (no more than one show per month) in support of the album, about which she is “exuberant,” saying she “can’t wait to get into the studio.” She also says some of the tracks, all of which are originals, will be produced by Stevie Wonder. The singer says she will continue to make music, but her live shows are numbered, save for possible special occasions. “This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” Franklin told the Detroit TV station, along with mentioning she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren. “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.”