Aretha Franklin’s new album “Aretha: A Woman Falling out of Love” is available exclusively at Walmart stores and walmart.com today, May 3. The Queen of Soul celebrates her gospel music roots on this album with a song penned for her by legendary musician-composer-singer Richard Smallwood, a DC native. Ms. Franklin sings his song, “Faithful,” with celebrated gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard.
The album is the first on Ms. Franklin’s own label, Aretha’s Records, and includes a diverse mix of musical styles that include ballads and blues-infused tracks. The bonus track, “My Country Tis of Thee,” is the song she performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The album also includes two songs written by Ms. Franklin.
The multiple Grammy winner has been doing a media blitz in recent months which included covers on People and Elle magazines. Last week Ms. Franklin performed on The View and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Her tour dates include a stop in Washington, DC in June.
1. How Long I’ve Waited – Written and Produced by Aretha Franklin
2. Sweet Sixteen – Written by Riley B. King and Joe Bihari, Produced by Aretha Franklin
3. This You Should Know – Written and Produced by Aretha Franklin
4. U Can’t See Me – Written and produced by Curtis Boone
5. Theme from a Summer Place – Lyrics by Mack Discant, Music by Max Steiner, Produced by Aretha Franklin.
6. The Way We Were – Written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch, Produced and Arranged by Marty Paich
7. New Day – Written by Kecalf Franklin Cunningham and Norman West, Produced by Brian Garrett and Joseph Hall
8. Put it Back Together Again – Written by Norman West
9. Faithful (featuring Karen Clark-Sheard) – Written by Richard Smallwood, Produced by Sanchez G. Harley and Co-Produced by Jacqui Whittman
10. His Eye is On the Sparrow (Performed by Eddie Franklin) – Written by Charles H. Gabriel and Civilla H. Martin, Produced by Aretha Franklin
11. When Two Become One – Written by Curtis Boone
12. My Country ‘Tis of Thee – Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith, Music from Thesaurus Musicus, 1744, Arrangement by Aretha Franklin and H.B. Barnum
The digital version of the album will be available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers on June 3. You can follow Aretha Franklin on Facebook.