Franklin has so far cut renditions of Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Barbra Streisand’s “People,” Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” and Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” up next. “I love all of them, the original versions,” says Franklin. “(Davis) picked the songs and I approved or didn’t approve, so it’s just an easy CD to do because I liked all of them.” And, she adds, fans can expect plenty of Queen of Soul flavor on each of the songs.
"(The originals) are classic versions and we’re certainly aware of that, and we’re going to do them justice," promises Franklin, who recently received honorary degrees from New York University and Harvard (her third from the Ivy League). "People are different, you know? What they did is not what I’m going to do, and what I’m gonna do is not what they did. That’s just what makes it different. You won’t be disappointed; we’re going to give you exactly what you’re expecting and what you’re not expecting."
But wait, isn’t she beefing with most of these artists? I may never understand her…
And here she is speaking on one of the two current choices to play her in her (now-Lifetime) biopic. (The other choice is Jennifer Hudson.)
"Audra’s got a great voice to work with, but she’s very Broadway oriented," Franklin notes. "but that doesn’t mean she cannot perform in the arena of soul, so that’s why I’m interested in hearing how she would sing my things. The singing is certainly going to be a very, very integral and important part of it."
Oh, but when she wanted Halle so bad, the vocals were never an issue… What a woman.