M, Gina Rene, Laiken Williams, Priscilla M. Albergottie-Williams Aretha Franklin Tribute
Good Times Jazz will be hosting an Aretha Franklin Tribute featuring performances by: Gina Rene, Laiken Williams & Priscilla M. Albergottie-Williams Friday, November 16. There will be two performances a 1st set beginning at 7:30 PM and a 2nd set beginning at 9:30 PM. Advance tickets are available online now or at the Good Times hostess stand for $15 per person per set.
To purchase tickets online, please visit:https://goodtimesjazzbar.com/tickets/
Aretha Louise Franklin – Bio (March 25, 1942- August 16, 2018)
In her five decades as a , Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of ,” became a legend. Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, on March 25, 1942. Her family soon relocated to Detroit, , where her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, became a minister at New Bethel Church. Rev. Franklin was a prominent performer in his own right and his career exposed his daughter to gospel and soul music and to such as and contemporary or future musical icons such as , , Clara Ward, and . Unfortunately, Aretha’s life was marred by tragedies that included the death of her mother when she was 10, physical abuse by her first husband, and the tragic shooting of her father in 1979. He remained in a coma until his 1984 death.
Aretha Franklin recorded her first album at the age of fourteen, The Gospel Sound of Aretha Franklin, while singing solos in New Bethel and going on tours with her father. In 1960, she signed with Columbia Records. Despite producing ten albums and her concert performances netting $100,000 in nightclubs and theaters, the Columbia style, featuring Top 40 pop ballads, proved an uneasy fit. Columbia tried to turn Aretha into a pop singer while she was determined to draw on her background in and gospel music. In 1966, Franklin signed with Atlantic Records which gave her more creative control, and she began revolutionizing soul music by creating a sound all her own.
By 1968, Aretha Franklin was considered a symbol of black pride and soul music. Her songs “,” “,” “Young, Gifted, and Black,” and “” became anthems reflecting the growing militancy of African Americans in challenging racial oppression. Her Amazing Grace album released in 1970, which returned her to her church roots, sold over two million copies and made her one of the most successful gospel singers of the era. Franklin received an award for excellence from Dr. Martin Luther King in 1967 and appeared on the cover of Time magazine on June 28, 1968.
In the early 1970s, despite the success of her landmark 1971 album Aretha Live at the Fillmore West, her career began to decline. She worked on the soundtrack to the 1976 film Sparkle with , which produced her last Top 40 hits of the decade.
In the 1980s Franklin moved to Arista Records where she has recorded everything from gospel to dance music. While her last big hit was A Rose Is Still a Rose, produced by Lauryn Hill in 1998, Franklin continued to be a significant presence in the music industry and the African American community. In 2001, she wowed audiences across the globe with her performance in VH1’s Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin, and in 2009, she sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at ’s inauguration.
Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame (1987). She had the largest number of Top 40 singles of any female performer (forty-five) and was also the youngest recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors (1994). Over her career, Franklin won seventeen Grammys and had twenty Number 1 R&B hits. Her 1967 album, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You, is considered the greatest soul album of all time, while her 1971 Aretha Live at the Fillmore West is called one of the top five greatest live albums of the rock era.
Aretha Louise Franklin died in Detroit, Michigan of pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018. She was 76.
Gina René – Bio
Born into a multi-ethnic family, Gina Rene grew up in the Bohemian setting of Santa Cruz, California. As a youth she listened to artists like Stevie Wonder, Cab Calloway, and Ella Fitzgerald along with more contemporary artists like Prince, Chaka Khan and Run DMC. She was raised in the early Hip-hop era of the 80’s when it was about raw creativity and truth. Combining all of these influences with her own melodies, flowing over beats with her own rhymes became second nature to Gina. Music runs in her family. Her Grandpa, Leon Rene, wrote the hit song Rockin Robin, as well as Sleepy time Down South which became Louis Armstrong’s theme song. He also owned the first black independent record label on the West Coast, Exclusive Records.
Gina sang in both jazz and concert choirs during her high-school years. She was accepted into both the regional and All-State Honor Choirs in 1994. After graduating, Gina moved to San Francisco and became the lead singer/co-songwriter of her Brother Gabriel’s band, Soulstice. The multi-cultural arts scene in San Francisco really inspired Gina to explore multiple directions with her music. She played with numerous vocal styles such as R&B, Hip-hop, Drum N Bass, House, electro, Soul and torch style singing from the Jazz influenced 40’s. A fan gave her the nickname, Miss Stylistic. She studied with vocal coach and singer Raz Kennedy. Raz worked with Bobby McFerrin and other great artists and taught Gina Rene that her voice is truly her instrument and to live in it.
There’s a little irreverence running around in the soul of Gina Rene who’s unafraid to bring it forth in her music.