Aretha Franklin Announces, 'I Am Retiring'

9 February 2017, 14:49 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29

Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul wants to spend more time with her grandchildren and family.

Aretha Franklin has announced that she will retire later this year.

The Queen of Soul will stop making music in 2017 and her final album is going to be a collaboration with Stevie Wonder, which will be released in September.

Speaking to a Detroit TV station, she said: "I must tell you, I am retiring this year. I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now."

Her final record with Stevie will be a love letter to her hometown Detroit – the home of Motown Records, and will be made up of new songs all of which are to be recorded in the Motor City.

The award-winning singer intends to use her retirement to spend more time with her grandchildren and her family.

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