Who plays young Aretha Franklin in Respect? Meet the talented Skye Dakota Turner

13 August 2021, 10:00

Skye Dakota Thomas stars as a young Aretha Franklin in Respect
Skye Dakota Thomas stars as a young Aretha Franklin in Respect. Picture: Universal/Getty

By Tom Eames

The Aretha Franklin biopic Respect is released at cinemas this week, and one of the standout performances comes from child star Skye Dakota Turner.

Skye plays a young Aretha Franklin in the first part of the film, showing how the future Queen of Soul had talent from a very young age.

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The fantastic performance also shows how Aretha had to deal with a childhood pregnancy, and the death of her beloved mother.

It is a truly moving portrayal, with, of course, a stunning singing voice from the youngster.

  1. Who is Skye Dakota Turner and how old is she?

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    Skye Dakota Turner is a talented singer and actress from Dallas.

    She was born in 2008, and celebrated her 12th birthday in 2020.

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    Skye first found fame after her cover of the Patti LaBelle song, 'If Only You Knew' went viral and caught the attention of Patti LaBelle herself.

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    Then nine, Skye was invited to audition for the role of young Tina Turner in the Broadway production of TINA: The Tina Turner Musical.

    It wasn't long before she also landed the role of a young Aretha in Respect, too. Impressive!

  2. What else has she sung?

    Skye Dakota Turner covers The Legendary Ms. Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High”

    Skye also has a YouTube channel and has uploaded several performances online.

    You can also follow Skye on Instagram, where she uploads various updates and songs.