March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018
The famed and iconic music legend and “Queen of Soul,” Sister Aretha Franklin passes.
The Board of Directors of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and its Chair, Rev. Dr. Albert L. Jamison Sr., and the thousands of members of the organization, mourn the passing of our dear and beloved Sister-In-Christ, Aretha Franklin. Sister Franklin passed on August 16. 2018. Some of her family and friends were present when she transitioned.
Aretha, as she was commonly known, had a remarkable association with our Founder, Rev. James Cleveland. Aretha’s music style was unique and can’t be duplicated. There was a message in every song that she sang. In the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama, her rendition of “My Country Tis of Thee” chilled and gratified those in attendance.
The country and those abroad will remember her by what she gave to humankind. Rest in peace, Aretha!
Funeral details and arrangements will be posted as soon as they become available.
DURING THE WEEK OF GMWA...
Details and other information pertaining to our 2019 meeting of the Gospel Music Workshop of America will be announced as soon as they become available. Stay tuned!