She also has plans to retire from performing this year.
Aretha Franklin has big plans for 2017: a new album produced by Stevie Wonder and retirement from performing live.
Aretha Franklin has announced that she will retire from performing this year after releasing a new album recorded with .
Speaking with Detroit’s WDIV Local 4, Franklin said, “This will be my last year [as a performer]. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
Franklin said she’s “exuberant” about recording the album with Wonder, which will feature only original songs and is planned for a September release. She won’t completely stop performing either, but will continue to do “some select things, maybe one a month, for six months out of the year.”
Franklin said a primary reason for her retirement is to spend more time with her grandchildren.