In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #42

Monday, June 29, 2020

Ep. #42: Featuring Uplifting Harmonies from DC6 Singers
"Natural Woman"

Aretha Franklin was the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She won 18 Grammy Awards. She had more than 100 songs on the Billboard charts and sold more than 75 million records. As Dr. Bernice King (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter) said, “She not only used her voice to entertain but to uplift and inspire generations through songs that have become anthems."

One such anthem began on the streets of New York City: One day in 1967, Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records implored Carole King and Gerry Goffin, “I’m looking for a really big hit for Aretha. How about writing a song called ‘A Natural Woman’?”.

They wrote the song overnight and soon Aretha was in the recording studio with back-up vocalists like Whitney Houston’s mother, the great gospel star Cissy Houston, and Franklin’s sisters Erma and Carolyn. But in the end, it is the sheer power of Aretha Franklin’s voice that defines what it is to be a natural woman, transforming validation to a collective experience of self-love and strength for all women. “Natural Woman” became a standard for Aretha Franklin and a few years later for its author, Carole King, who recorded it for her 1971 album Tapestry.

MUSE/IQUE’s DC6 channel the spirit of these great women in their version of “Natural Woman”.

DC6 Singers: Margaret Best-Collins, Matt Bloyd, Jantre Christian, Jyvonne Haskin (Soloist), Ronnie Ohannon, and Tia Simone
Arrangement: Jyvonne Haskin, Ronnie Ohannon