The stars are coming together to honor the late Aretha Franklin.
Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson along with Faith Hill are just some of the performers anticipated to take the stage at Franklin’s Celebration of Life on Friday, Aug. 31, at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.
Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters, Jennifer Holliday,Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Bishop Marvin Sapp The Williams Brothers, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, classical artist Audrey DuBois Harris, soprano Alice McAllister Tillman, Franklin’s son Edward Franklin, the Aretha Franklin Orchestra along with the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir round out the event’s impressive list of performers.
The Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, will deliver Franklin’s eulogy at the homegoing service, which is actually limited to family, friends, dignitaries along with special guests. Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, will serve as Officiant with the Rev. Robert Smith, Jr., Pastor of brand-new Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, as Co-Officiant for the service.
Franklin died coming from advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type on Aug. 16. She was 76. Fans will be able to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul during a public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She will lie in state coming from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 28 along with 29.
After her funeral, Franklin will then be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, alongside her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother, Cecil Franklin; sisters, Carolyn Franklin along with Erma Franklin; along with nephew, Thomas Garrett.
The icon is actually also anticipated to be remembered having a tribute concert planned by Clive Davis in brand-new York City on Nov. 14. See more on Franklin’s legacy within the video below.