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Published: Wednesday March 26, 2014 MYT 3:00:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 26, 2014 MYT 3:25:10 PM

Aretha Franklin wishes for more music on her birthday

Aretha Franklin is 72 this year. -- Reuters

Aretha Franklin is 72 this year. -- Reuters

The legendary singer turned 72 on Tuesday.

On her 72nd birthday on Tuesday, soul singer Aretha Franklin hopes the next year will a new album for herself and record deals for the musical members of her family.

Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul” for her powerful voice and range, celebrated the milestone at a star-studded birthday party in New York over the weekend, attended by Denzel Washington and record label executive Clive Davis.

The singer forged her career as a towering figure of popular music during the 1960s and 1970s, with a long string of hits including the empowered anthem Respect and funk-infused Chain Of Fools. Franklin talked to Reuters about her love for New York City, whether she’ll take the Broadway stage and what she gave to US President Barack Obama when she sang at his first inauguration.

What do you want for your birthday this year?

What do I want? Lots of things, lots of things. I really would like a record deal for my granddaughter, Victorie, and my son Kecalf. That’s what I’m really working on other than my own CD that Face (aka Babyface) is producing and (Outkast’s) Andre 3000 maybe doing some of the cuts with him. But he’s also in After Midnight with Toni Braxton so we’re just waiting for him to finish so he can finish my tracks.

You have a big birthday bash every year. Why do you like to celebrate your birthday this way?

Well, hey, you have to kind of treat yourself and pamper yourself a little bit. So why not?

What is the best birthday gift you’ve ever received in the past?

Just being in New York.

Speaking of New York, would you ever do Broadway?

I would but I would have to do it on my own terms. Broadway is a lot of work. I would love to do it but it would have to be like maybe three nights a week, four nights would be the max that I would do.

Your father was well known as a preacher. Is there a sermon that still resonates with you to this day?

Many of them, of course I have all of his sermons. And I also gave the president (Obama) a set of them for a little more wisdom. He is a young man. And I gave him a set when he first took office.

I love them all, there are many that I like. Particularly the Eagles Stirred Their Nest. That speaks about parents and their children and what parents will do in trying to bring their children to independence and things like that. They are all very, very profound and a lot of wisdom in all of them. — Reuters

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