Iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin died Thursday and as tributes flooded social media, one of her mentees, Mariah Carey, revealed that the pastor’s daughter never left the church despite her successful mainstream career.
“Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers’ singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime,” Carey wrote on Instagram Thursday.
“The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend. You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You’ve inspired millions everywhere yet never left home, never left church,” the popstar continued.
Carey went on to say that she will forever cherish the moments she spent with Franklin.
“I say a BIG prayer for you. You will forever have all our RESPECT,” Carey concluded.
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