The Country Community Reacts to the Death of Aretha Franklin

August 17, 2018

The death of Aretha Franklin resonated through the country community yesterday.  Tons of artists went on social media to pay tribute and share stories of how she affected their lives.

Reba McEntire talked about finding inspiration.  She Tweeted, "I've had so many influences in my life, and one is the Queen of Soul.  Rest in peace, Aretha." She included a link to her 1988 CMA Awards performance of "Respect". (Here's that.  The song starts at 0:43.)

Willie Nelson hit up Twitter to say: "Whether it was gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, pop, or civil rights, Aretha [could> turn any song into a hymn. She'll be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel.  Rest in peace."

Miranda Lambert kept it simple, writing, "The greatest of all time."

Here are a few more tributes: 

Cassadee Pope Tweeted, "So sad to hear about Aretha.  She represented strength and empowerment . . . not to mention that voice.  If you're a vocalist, no matter which genre, you look up to that voice."

Travis Tritt wrote, "The greatest voice ever. Sending love and prayers to @Aretha-Franklin family, friends, and fans. Her music will live forever."

Shania Twain Tweeted, "An unbelievable woman and voice. It was an honor to meet and perform with the Queen of Soul."

Faith Hill included a photo of them together, and wrote: "The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise, and join in to sing before Jesus.  I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement."

Margo Price may have said it best with this:  "Legends never die."