The R&B-Gospel Connection: 10 Artists Who Straddle the Line

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

She didn’t earn the title “Queen of Soul” for nothin! The daughter of notable minister C.L. Franklin, she began singing in her father’s church at 10 and began recording as a teenager. At 18, she decided to try R&B, racking up many hits such as “Never Loved A Man (The way I Love You),” “Respect,” and “Chain of Fools.” She then briefly switched back to release the gospel album “Amazing Grace” in 1972 which still holds the title as best-selling gospel album of all time. Ms. Franklin went on to efficiently release about 20 more albums, each blurring the lines of gospel and R&B/soul with her wide, soulful, emotional vocals.

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