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"What I really want to do is reach people. I want to make great music, but I also want to use that talent to lift people up, and maybe show them some degree of hope where there might not be any in their lives. My name means ‘hope’ in Spanish, and it’s a name I want to live up to.” - Esperanza Spalding
Aretha Franklin, musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. Her repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R+B, pop, rock and funk. She is known as one of the most important popularizers of soul music and is referred to as the Queen of Soul. Rolling Stone magazine ranked her #1 on its "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" list as well as the 9th greatest artist of all time. She has won a whopping 20 Grammys and became the 1st female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.