Aretha Franklin returning to St. Augustine

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Aretha Franklin, known to many as the “Queen of Soul,” returns to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 24.

Franklin last performed to a sold-out crowd at the Amphitheatre on March 19, 2010.

Franklin is both a 20th and 21st century musical icon known the world over simply by her first name: Aretha.

The “Queen Of Soul” has created an amazing legacy that spans an incredible six decades, from her first recording as a teenage gospel star, to her current RCA Records release, “Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics.”

Franklin’s hits include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain Of Fools,” “Think” and “Respect.”

With 18 GRAMMY Awards — the most recent of which was for Best Gospel Performance for “Never Gonna Break My Faith” with Mary J. Blige in 2008 — a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement and GRAMMY Living Legend, Franklin’s powerful, gospel-honed vocal style has influenced countless singers and earned her Rolling Stone magazine’s No. 1 placing on the publication’s list of “The Greatest Singers Of All Time.”

Marking a glorious reunion with music industry legend Clive Davis (Chief Creative Officer for Sony Music Entertainment) — with whom she worked for the longest period of her recording career, twenty-three years at Arista Records (1980-2003) — Franklin continues her time-honored tradition of creating music that is innovative, vital and fresh.

With the 2014 release of “Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics,” Franklin put her stamp on 10 songs previously recorded by other female artists and, in her own inimitable way, she makes each one her own.

Franklin worked with Davis, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, André “3000” Benjamin, Eric Kupper, Harvey Mason Jr. and Chicago DJ/producer Terry Hunter during the project.

Franklin’s brilliant gospel-fired makeover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” (with a wonderful musical bridge from the Motown classic, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) on The David Letterman Show, the singer received an immediate standing ovation and, within a week, the track had received over two million views on Vevo.

“Mr. Davis came to me with the idea,” says Franklin. “He suggested some of the artists and songs which included many that I myself enjoyed. We both agreed that there was a whole new generation who may never have heard the original recordings.”

Adding another magnificent jewel to her crown and her catalog of timeless music, Aretha expresses the kind of joy usually experienced by first-time recording artists, noting: “I’m truly having a lot of fun and I’m bowled over by the response to this album. It’s truly very, very, very exciting!”

Tickets for Aretha Franklin go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices, ticketmaster.com, all TicketMaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.

SHOW: Aretha Franklin

VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre

DATE: Thursday, March, 24, 2016

TIME: Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

TICKET PRICES: $99.00 – Seated Pit and Level 100

$79.00 – Level 200

$59.00 – Level 300 and Obstructed View WEBSITE: www.arethasings.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com