The Queen of Soul is ready to hang up her crown.
Aretha Franklin, 74, is planning to retire from making music following the release of her new album later this year. Franklin will also drastically cut back on her live performances. “I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” the R&B singer told Detroit news station WDIV Local 4.
“This will be my last year… I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it,” she continued. Franklin is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren, who are soon leaving for college.
But that doesn’t mean she plans on lounging about. “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now,” Franklin said. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good, either.”
The I Knew You Were Waiting singer has a list of accomplishments too long to fit on a single page. During her 56-year tenure as a performer, Franklin has released 131 singles — 20 of which went to #1 — and nine platinum or gold albums.
Franklin has been dealing with health complications as of late. In 2010, she put her career on hold following abdominal surgery. Her once-prolific touring schedule has also been tamed in recent years.
Her upcoming new album is an ode to her hometown of Detroit and features production from the legendary Stevie Wonder. The album will consist of brand new originally composed music.