Aretha Franklin was a well-known American songwriter, singer and a pianist. She started her career as a child who was often performing in church at the New Bethel Baptist Church that was situated in Detroit, Michigan where the father, Franklin, was serving as a gospel minister. When she turned eighteen years old, she embarked on a career of recording secular songs and the first label to sign her was Columbia Records. She never achieved so much success, but the success only came after she signed a contract with the Atlantic Records. Keep on reading to learn more on the net worth of Aretha Franklin in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Aretha was born in the year 1942 on March 5th to Barbara and Clarence LaVaughn Franklin. Her birthplace was at 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. The father was working as a gospel minister and also as a circuit preacher. The mother was a very well experienced piano player and also a vocalist.
Both parents had children from their previous relationships. When Aretha was aged two years old, the family moved to Buffalo, New York. By the time Aretha was aged five years, the father had completely moved to Detroit where he had been appointed the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church. In many occasions, the father had been accused of infidelity, and the separation of the parents happened in 1948.
After she grew up in New York City in the mid-1960s, she moved to New York City and settled in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Later on, she would move and settle in Encino. She lived here until the year 1982 when she moved back to Detroit. She maintained this house until the time when she died. She had four children before she died and she had been married a couple of times.
Career, Awards & Nominations
At a tender of ten years, Aretha began to perform solos in New Bethel. During this time, she was being managed by the father, and in the year 1965, she launched the debut album that was titled ‘Songs of Faith.’ In the 1960s, she recorded and released several albums that included; ‘Soul Sister’ and ‘Lady Soul’ among many others. The albums that she released from the 1970s included ‘Spirit in the Dark,’ ‘Sweet Passion’ and ‘Almighty Fire.’ She released her debut platinum-certified album that was titled ‘Who’s Zoomin’ who’ and was followed by ‘Aretha’ and ‘Through the Storm.’
In the 200s and also in the 2010s, Aretha launched ‘So Damn Happy’ and ‘This Christmas, Aretha.’ Also, she has also released a total of forty-five compilations and 131 singles. Her skills and hard work has seen her get nominated to the various awards. Among the awards that she has been nominated to does include Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Special Awards, and American Music Awards. In all these nominations, she bagged the majority of the awards that she has been nominated to. In the year 2005, that was when she was conferred with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Aretha Franklin is estimated to be over $80 million. This wealth has been generated from her career as a musician. She has released multiple studio albums and has also performed in very many concerts and shows as well. Aretha has also managed to appear in various documentaries, and this has helped to increase her net worth.
Aretha has been considered to be among the most popular singers globally. Her contribution when it comes to the music industry, she has bagged several honors as well as awards. She has been inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.