Former Backup Singer Remembers The Queen Of Soul: ‘I Wanted To Be Aretha Franklin’

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin performsduring the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington on Jan. 14, 2012. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin performsduring the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington on Jan. 14, 2012. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

Former Backup Singer Remembers The Queen Of Soul: ‘I Wanted To Be Aretha Franklin’

From the music journalists who interviewed her to the fans who loved her, everyone has a favorite Aretha Franklin memory. But perhaps none more so than the people who worked with her.

Joan Collaso is an Emmy award-winning international singer. She also sang backup vocals for Franklin from 2016-2017.

As part of Morning Shift’s two-hour special tribute to the late Queen of Soul, Collaso shares memories of working with Franklin, what she was like behind the scenes and the icon’s influence on her own career.

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Richard Steele, former WBEZ host and correspondent