“I sing to the people about what matters. I sing to the realists, people who accept it like it is. I express problems. There are tears when it’s sad and smiles when it’s happy. It seems simple to me, but for some people, I guess feelin’ takes courage. When I sing, I’m saying, ‘dig it, go on and try. Ain’t nobody goin’ make ya.”
– Aretha Franklin
“Aretha Franklin: ‘I sing to the people about what matters'” sources: Aretha Franklin portrait is a publicity photo taken in 1968 for Billboard by Atlantic Records – Wikimedia Commons.