This morning, as thousands of mourners watched around the world, Aretha Franklin’s life was celebrated with a ceremony that felt as much like a party as it did a funeral. From celebrities to heads of state, Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple was brimming with friends and family members of the Queen of Soul, who passed away August 16 at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Performers included the likes of Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters and country’s own Faith Hill. Hill, a longtime fan and friend of the legendary singer, paid tribute with a moving performance of the gospel classic “What A Friend We Have in Jesus.”
GLORY, GLORY, GLORY to the ALMIGHTY!!! The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement.
Dressed in black, Hill had guests like Whoopi Goldberg, the Reverend Al Sharpton and former President Bill Clinton on their feet in awe as she belted her way through the moving number.
Watch the stunning performance below.