Stevie Wonder to Perform at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and country singer Faith Hill will sing at the funeral of Aretha Franklin in Detroit next week, her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said on August 23.
They will be joined by R&B singers Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams at the funeral for the late Queen of Soul, the publicist added.
Franklin, 76, died last week of pancreatic cancer in her Detroit home. Her August 31 funeral will be held at Detroit’s 4,000-seat Greater Grace Temple, which was the venue for the 2005 funeral of civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
The funeral will be limited to family, friends, dignitaries and special guests.
The 18-time Grammy-winning singer of hits like Chain of Fools and Respect was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up in Detroit and retained strong links to the city.
Franklin’s second son, Edward Franklin, will also sing at the funeral, along with the Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Choir, Quinn said.
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