The world mourns the loss of legendary Gospel singer Aretha Franklin who passed away on August 16, 2018. We’ve compiled 9 Aretha Franklin Gospel hymns to remember the life of this remarkable woman.
Aretha, who was 76-years-old was in hospice care, and her family hopeful that she would pull through. NME reports that the official cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer, which Aretha has been battling since 2011.
The powerful soul singer will undoubtedly go down in music history. Influenced and inspired by gospel music, Aretha grew up in church.
Aretha spent a lot of time in church when she was younger since she was a ‘preacher’s kid’. Her dad was the minister at New Bethel Baptist Church, and that was where Aretha discovered her God-given gift for singing. Her faith was very important to Aretha so even as she began to gain fame as a singer, she maintained her gospel roots and never lost her faith.
Franklin released her first album, “Songs of Faith,” in 1956. In her 62-year career, Aretha earned an incredible 10 top-10 singles, including “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Respect.”
According to Business Insiders Aretha was one of the best-selling female artists in history with 75 million records sold worldwide. Our prayers go out to her family for their loss!
Below, please find nine of our favorite Aretha Franklin gospel songs. These hymns are so good!
9 Aretha Franklin Gospel Songs
WATCH: Aretha Franklin Performs ‘Amazing Grace’
In the video above, we’re taking a look back at one of her most memorable performances from the 2014 Women Of Soul concert at The White House. During this special concert, Aretha performed one of the most powerful hymns of all time, ‘Amazing Grace.’ And since she’s the ‘Queen Of Soul’ you know that she had to put her own unique spin on this classic. It’s such a soul-stirring rendition and you can feel her passion and love through every single note.
‘Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch; like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.’
WATCH: Aretha Franklin Sings Gospel Hit “Precious Lord”
Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
WATCH: Aretha Franklin Sings “Precious Memories”
How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness, of the midnight
Precious sacred scenes unfold
WATCH: Aretha Franklin Sings ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grieves to bear
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer