There will be some big names showing up to pay their R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts to the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, at her upcoming funeral.
According to CNN, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Jennifer Holliday will be among those not only attending but also performing at Franklin‘s home going service on August 31.
Last week the singer’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, told reporters that the family was planning a 4-day celebration of Franklin’s life. Public viewings will be held from August 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit and a funeral service would be held on August 31, at 10 a.m. ET at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit for close friends and family.
The legendary soul singer passed away last week at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Stevie Wonder previously shared his thoughts and condolences following Aretha’s death on an episode of CBS This Morning. “She did incredible music, incredible singer. She touched every genre. Every singer was influenced in some way by the way she sang. They will forever be influenced by her because of her voice, her emotion, her sincerity is unforgettable,” he said.
Jennifer Holliday also commented on the huge impact of Franklin and her music, telling CNN last week that she “idolized” Aretha throughout her entire life. “She was always just very supportive and very, very thoughtful,” Holliday said.
Music producer Clive Davis is also planning a tribute concert to honor the singer that will take place in November at Madison Square Garden.