Thursday, August 16, 2018
– The country community weighed in with sadness at the passing of soul legend Aretha Franklin at 76 on Thursday.
Faith Hill, who recorded an unreleased song with Ms. Franklin, tweeted, "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." The photo showed the two of them together.
Carrie Underwood said, "This world needs women who are strong, independent, smart, talented, and fierce. That said, we lost one today. Even though we say "goodbye" to a legend, her legacy will live on and she will forever have our love and #RESPECT. Sing with angels, Aretha."
Reba McEntire, who sang "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" at the 1988 CMA awards cited Franklin as an influence. "I've had so many influences in my life, and one of them is the Queen of Soul. Rest In Peace, Aretha. I'll sing this one for you."
Tim McGraw tweeted, "The queen of soul... There will never be another. So much love and respect from the McGraw family. A friend of mine told me once, "when you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced, live your life so that when you're gone, the world cries and you rejoice." #ArethaFranklin."
Dolly Parton commented, "I'm one of the lucky ones to have seen Aretha perform in the very beginning of her career. She was amazing then and just became greater through the years. Talk about R.E.S.P.E.C.T., we have it for you, Aretha. You will never be forgotten."
Miranda Lambert called the singer "The greatest of all time. #ArethaFranlin."
Rascal Flatts tweeted, "Rest in Peace, sweet Aretha #QueenOfSoul. We loved you and your music oh so much. An absolute legend that can never be replaced!"
Ms. Franklin recorded several country songs during her career including Hank Williams Sr.'s "Cold Cold Heart."