Music Legend Aretha Franklin Announces Her Retirement

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Music legend Aretha Franklin confirmed Thursday that 2017 is the last year she will be in concert and plans to stop making music after one last album.

The 74-year-old soul singer said she her final album, out in September, will be a collaboration with Stevie Wonder, according to a report in USA Today. The singer in recent years has had numerous health problems and even had to cancel several shows last year to get rest. (RELATED: Aretha Franklin Cancels Several Performances So She Can Rest)

BET honoree singer Aretha Franklin performs onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre in Washington on February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/File Photo

BET honoree singer Aretha Franklin performs onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre in Washington on February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/File Photo

Franklin broke the news during an interview on a local Detroit NBC affiliate station, telling them that she was “satisfied” with where her career was, but added she doesn’t plan to just do “nothing.”

“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” Franklin said. “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now. 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 … [I’ll be open] to some select things, manly one a month, for six months out of the year,” she added. This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

The singer will reportedly create and write all new music for the upcoming album that will be produced in the Motor city.

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She has had more than 20 number one singles in her career and was awarded in 2005 the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President George W. Bush.

Katie Jerkovich

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