Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis Tennessee. Most people know her as the ìQueen of Soulî or the ìLady of Soulî who sang ìRespect.î She sang all songs beautifully with her Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano voice. She had many influences throughout her signing career. Her father and her two sisters Carolyn and Erma were her earliest influences. Arethaís father was a gospel singer and as a child Aretha and her sisters sang at his church. At the age of 14 she made her first recording. She was discovered by R&B legend John Hammond and signed with Columbia Records in 1961. In 1968 Aretha won eight successive Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performances and then in 1980 she added three mare awards in this category. She had 4 top hit songs, ìRespect,î ìChain of Fools,î îYou make me feel like a Natural Womenî and ìFreeway of Love.î Freeway of Love was Arethaís last hit song that was recorded in 1985. In 2001 the Michigan Womenís Hall of Fame inducted Aretha in. My favorite song from Aretha Franklin is ìRespectî because it has a nice beat, a nice rhythm and it just makes you want to get up and dance. I think that all of Aretha Franklinís song has a message in it and something to learn.