Celebrating Aretha: Valley musicians and entertainers recall the ‘Queen of Soul’

“There are some things about Aretha Franklin that are inextricable from Aretha Franklin: her incredible talent, her faith, her activism, her womanhood, and her Blackness,” Pachios said. “As a white woman singing soul music, I feel a great responsibility to speak to the times when I perform and acknowledge the Blackness of the artists I cover.”