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A Tribute to Aretha Franklin – Queen of Soul
A Tribute to Aretha Franklin – Queen of Soul

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Monday, February 21, 7:00 pm

Fuller Hall
St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

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Aretha Franklin’s legendary career spanned several generations and a multitude of genres. “The Queen of Soul” grew up in the Baptist congregations of Detroit, where she first developed her talent for expressive and powerful vocals that propelled her to international stardom. Beloved by musicians and listeners alike, Aretha is recognized as the most successful female recording artist in history with 112 charted singles on Billboard, 18 Grammy Awards, and more than 75 million records sold.

Musician, vocalist, and composer Damien Sneed toured with Aretha during her later years, developing a strong relationship with the soul legend. In this special tribute, Sneed pays homage to the monarch herself with fresh renditions of her most cherished hits including Respect, Knew You Were Waiting, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Precious Memories, Think, Until You Come Back To Me, Daydreaming, Freeway, Natural Woman, and others. Backed by a stellar cast of jazz, gospel, and soul musicians and vocalists, Damien Sneed’s multi-media tribute offers a tender and spiritual reflection upon the life of an iconic music titan.

Six-time Grammy Award-nominee Valerie Simpson will sing Franklin’s iconic songs, showing a deep reverence to Franklin’s talent while endowing them with her own power. Simpson is a major star in her own right, through her partnership with Nick Ashford (Ashford and Simpson). Valerie’s songwriting credits include Ain't No Mountain High Enough, You're All I Need to Get By, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand and many more, including multiple hits for Aretha Franklin.

Simpson has also written and performed for Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Chaka Khanh, Smokey Robinson, Martha and The Vandellas, Paul Simon and many others. Her work as featured soloist includes mega hits What’s Going On (w/ Marvin Gaye), Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon) and Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Simon and Garfunkel). She even produced Tina Turner’s signature recording of “River Deep/Mountain High."

"Valerie Simpson is the voice of truth. The melodies and chord progressions she renders on the piano reflect an intimate understanding of the heart. When she sings, her connection with listeners goes beyond notes. It’s one soul speaking to another.”

"As a composer and producer, Simpson sparked a body of work that remains unrivaled in its scope and power. Indeed, the songs Ashford & Simpson penned and produced are more than timeless hits. They’re paragons of popular music.” - Pop Matters

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