Motorcade of pink Cadillacs coming to Aretha Franklin’s homegoing celebration

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Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Bill Clinton in Washington.

T. D. Jakes Ministries spokeswoman Regina Lewis told FOX 4 News Bishop Jakes is looking forward to being a part of the home-going ceremony and celebration.

Thousands of fans, dignitaries, celebrities and politicians are expected to convene in the Motor City to pay their R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the icon known as the Queen of Soul, the Detroit diva who lifted her voice in praise at her father's church, at presidential inaugurations and for fans around the world.

Swanson says many people attending Franklin's two-day public viewing at a Detroit museum "are here because they were blessed by her big heart and her desire to reach beyond the boundaries of her own success and touch others".


The lineup of performers will include Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson - both also sang at Michael Jackson's funeral in 2009 - along with Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, Fantasia, a number of gospel singers and Franklin's son Edward.

Many of those whose lives were touched by Aretha Franklin are gathering in the Queen of Soul's hometown of Detroit, Michigan, for her days-long funeral. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds".

Not only have the fans turned out in abundance, but so to have her musical contemporaries.

While she was born in Memphis, Tennessee, Franklin is more closely identified with the city of Detroit, where she lived most of her life. Indeed, a group of women were singing her hit "Freeway of Love". "The way she loved and treated individuals, and she always remained down to earth", said Mary Jones, who wore an "I love Aretha" T-shirt and made the four-hour drive from OH to pay her respects.


In her honor, the Music Hall plans to rename its Jazz Cafe "Aretha's Jazz Cafe", Paul said.

The roses that surround the casket, Owens said, reflected her love for the flower and her propensity to send arrangements "in grand fashion".

"What you see with her is what you get", Owens said. Franklin also struggled with alcoholism and chain smoking.


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