Aretha Franklin was one of my greatest musical inspirations. I have many memories of singing along to her music in the kitchen with my family. The first time I heard Soul Serenade I couldn’t believe her message. “I want to be free to fly away and sing to the world about my soul.” Who doesn’t want that? Every man wants to be free, and she helped free many people’s souls. She was the Queen, and I am thankful for her message in this world.