The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has issued a stern note of caution to today’s reining stars including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and other chart-topping acts.
While discussing the late Whitney Houston in a memoriam piece with Rolling Stone, Franklin became candid recalling something her father told her at the height of her career.
“I would like to take this moment to caution young artists the same way that my dad cautioned me when I reached my peak. He said, “No matter how good you are, and no matter how successful you are, one day, the applause is going to die down. One day the hallelujahs and the amens are going to stop. One day, the fans might not be there. So know what you’re going to do when that day comes,” said Franklin.
According to Franklin, Whitney Houston struggled when she “lost the top range of her voice” and fans were no longer applauding and responding the way the had for her in years past. But, she insists Houston was a fighter, she refused to give up.
“On her last tour, she had lost the top range of her voice, and some of the audiences were not very kind. But night after night, she stood there like a champion and gave her very best,” Franklin recalls.
In related news, Aretha Franklin will be honored with the Music Icon award at this year’s TV Land Awards. The program is slated to air April 29.