About Aretha Franklin
Aretha Louis Franklin is a legendary American musician, singer and songwriter. She started her professional career working with Columbia Records, but remained unnoticed until landing a contract with Atlantic Records label. Aretha gained nationwide recognition with her singles “Think”, “(You Make Me Feel) A Natural Woman” and “Respect”. These songs topped the charts all over America and earned her an honorable title: “The Queen of Soul”. While working with Atlantic Records, Aretha released her unanimously praised albums Amazing Grace, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted & Black and I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You. She switched to Arista Records after her father’s death. During her lengthy career Franklin has recorded nearly 90 Billboard hits and sold 75 million records. This later fact fully explains why Aretha Franklin net worth is currently estimated at $60 million.
Aretha was born in Tennessee, in a family of two famous preachers, Clarence LaVaughn Franklin (commonly known as C. L Franklin) and Barbara Siggers. Her early childhood was not easy. Due to the numerous and unceasing infidelities of C.L. Franklin, the atmosphere of war always hovered in her family’s house. Her parents divorced when Aretha was six. After their separation Barbara moved to Buffalo, where she found a job in a music store. She was a skilled pianist and had a wonderful voice, but those talents never brought her fortunes similar to Aretha Franklin net worth. She was barely able to afford visits back to Detroit to see her children. Despite that, Aretha never blamed her mother for departure and publicly denied the rumors that she left her children. Barbara died from a heart attack when she was just a little over 30 years old. Her former husband did not even bother to show up at her funeral.
Although C.L. Franklin was a horrible husband, he was quite a good father. As a celebrity preaches, he had many famous friends. That’s how Aretha met such gospel music legends as James Cleveland and Clara Wand. When Aretha was 10, she started singing gospel solos herself. When the girl turned fourteen, she started “touring”, singing in the various churches around the region. Although these performances did not add much to Aretha Franklin net worth, it helped her sign her first recording contract. Her debut album, entitled Aretha: With the Ray Bryant Combo, was released in 1961. Although it received positive critical evaluations, this work did not bring much revenue. Aretha Franklin net worth shot to the stars only in the late 1960s, when her album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You reached the stores.