Aretha Franklin has been one of those singers who has been consistent with achieving success. She started her career as a child singing in the gospel at the minister C.L. Franklin’s church. She has recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard. Franklin has recorded many acclaimed albums like Lady Soul, Young, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and Amazing Grace.
She is an inductee into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In her spectacular singing career, she has been acclaimed as the highest paid singer in the world. The net worth of Aretha Franklin has been estimated at $65 million US dollars. Her earnings come from the many endorsements and advertising works.
Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the daughter of Barbara and Clarence LaVaughn Franklin. Her mother was an accomplished piano player and vocalist, and her father was an itinerant preacher. She has three other siblings, and the family resided in Buffalo, New York when she was just two years old. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan when Aretha was not even five.
Franklin’s parents had a troubled marriage due to the influence of C. L. Franklin’s philandering, and then they got separated in the year 1948. Her mother died in March 1952, before her tenth birthday and the care of the children was taken by several women including her grandmother. Her sisters were professional singers. At this time, she learned on how to play the piano. Her father passionately driven sermons used to earn thousands for dollars in various churches in the United States.
Franklin gave birth to her first child before she turned 14. It is not known who were the fathers of her first two sons. She gave birth to her third child in 1964. Aretha married Ted White in 1961 and divorced him in 1969. Again in 1978, she married Glynn Turman, but their marriage was called off in 1984.
Aretha started singing solos just after her mother’s death. When she was 14, her father helped her to her first recording deal with JVB Records. Her first album Songs of Faith was released in 1956. When she was 18, she started to record pop music. In 1960, her single “Today I Sing the Blues” reached the top 10 of Hot Rhythm & Blues Sellers chart. Her first secular album was released in the year 1961 with the album Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo. In the album, her single “Won’t Be Long” reached to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
She recorded many singles from the period of 1961 to 1966. In 1966, she signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. Her song I Never Loved A Man peaked at No. 1 on the R&B chart. Following that she had many successes and was always seen with a placement in the top chart of many Hit lists. She left Atlantic Records in 1980 and signed with Arista Records. She got an opportunity to perform in front of Queen Elizabeth in Royal Albert Hall. She made a cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and was at No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In 2015, Franklin gave a performance of ‘A Natural Woman’ at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Aretha has won numerous awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. She has won a total of 20 Grammy awards and 3 American Music Awards. Other awards won by her include NAACP Image Awards and TV Land Awards. She has also been bestowed with many honors like UK Music Hall of Fame, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star and many others.
Net Worth Of Aretha Franklin in 2017
Aretha Franklin is a legend who has been present in the music industry for a long time. The hit machine whose career has spanned over 6 decades has given 20 songs which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B singles chart. The estimated net worth of Aretha Franklin is $65 million US dollars as of 2017. Her fortune comes from all those years of singing which she dedicated to music. She has also got stock investments and property holdings. Apart from that, she has also got endorsement deals with cosmetic brand CoverGirl. Not to mention, her several restaurants have also contributed to her net worth. She has also launched her own brand of vodka and perfume under the name of “Aretha Franklin Seduction”.
Aretha is an acclaimed singer who has achieved enormous success. She has received honorary degrees from many Universities across the world. In 2017, the City of Detroit honored Franklin’s legacy by renaming a street between Brush and Witherell Streets as “Aretha Franklin Way”.