Queen of soul music, Aretha Franklin who passed away at the age of 76 years old, after suffering from pancreatic cancer had a successful secular career in pop and R&B music, Franklin was also known for her faith and her love for gospel music.
Franklin spent her childhood in church when she was younger since she was a ‘preacher’s kid’.
Her dad was the minister at New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin discovered her God-given gift for singing.
Her faith was very important to Franklin so even as she began to gain fame as a singer while maintaining her gospel roots and never lost her faith.
Aretha Franklin recorded the best-selling gospel album, Amazing Grace, in 1972, which was among the five recordings featured in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The two-record set includes the classic John Newton hymn as well as What a Friend We Have in Jesus and God Will Take Care of You.
That same year, she sang Precious Lord, Take My Hand, at the funeral of revered gospel singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson.
In 1987, the year she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, she recorded One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, an album of sacred songs that won a Grammy for best soul performance.
Below are 5 of her best gospel songs
1. O Happy Day
2. Amazing Grace
3. God will Take Care of You
4. Wholy Holy
5. Precious Lord, Take my Hands