Mariah Carey Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Says She ‘Never Left Church’ and Taught Her to ‘Sing the Songs I Wanted to Sing and Bring God With Me’

Iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin died Thursday and as tributes flooded social media, one of her mentees, Mariah Carey, revealed that the pastor’s daughter never left the church despite her successful mainstream career.

“Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers’ singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime,” Carey wrote on Instagram Thursday.

“The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend. You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You’ve inspired millions everywhere yet never left home, never left church,” the popstar continued.

Carey went on to say that she will forever cherish the moments she spent with Franklin.

“I say a BIG prayer for you. You will forever have all our RESPECT,” Carey concluded.

Franklin was surrounded by family and friends before she died Thursday morning. The legendary singer died from an advanced form of pancreatic cancer which was confirmed by her oncologist.

Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers’ singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend. You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You’ve inspired millions everywhere yet never left home, never left church. Today the entire world mourns your home-going and celebrates all the brilliance you left behind. I will forever cherish the moments I spent in your presence. Your indelible impact was earned not only by your incomparable voice but by your bigger than life personality, wit and humor. I say a BIG prayer for you. You will forever have all our RESPECT. Love, Mariah ♥️

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Born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 25, 1942, Franklin’s family moved to Detroit, Michigan, when she was 5 years old. Her mother, Barbara, was also a singer but died when Franklin was 9 year old. Her father, Clarence LaVaughn “C. L.” Franklin, was a popular preacher at Detroit’s New Bethel Baptist Church. Her famous dad was often visited by people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who Franklin accredited as her mentor.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law