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Gospel Roots to Remember Franklin

Funeral to include all-star lineup of performers

8/29/2018, 11:45 a.m.
An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at ...
Jennifer Hudson (left) and Stevie Wonder will be among the all-star lineup to perform for Aretha Franklin’s funeral Friday in Detroit.

(AP) - An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

The Queen of Soul's service will be held in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 31. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin's son, Edward Franklin.

The service will reflect Franklin's strong gospel roots. Among the gospel stars performing will be Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. The Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program, as are singers Audrey DuBois Harris and Alice McAllister Tillman

The service will be held at Greater Grace Temple. Franklin died Aug. 23 of pancreatic cancer at age 76 in Detroit.

The funeral will cap a week of remembrances for Franklin. Two days of public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History concludes on Wednesday. A public concert at Chene Park amphitheater is scheduled for Thursday. The Four Tops will be among those performing.