By Brian Ives
Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul, but she’s calling in some heavy hitters — and drawing on some classic material — to make her next album one to remember.
The legendary singer has been working on tracks for her next record with Daryl Simmons and Babyface.
In the can so far: covers 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.”
Franklin is also planning on recording Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep.”
The album is said to be due in September, with Franklin admitting that “Clive is concerned, but we’re on it. We are on it.”
Clive, of course, is Clive Davis, who is executive producing the album and suggests the songs, with Franklin retaining the right to approve or not approve of his suggestions. It sounds something like the partnership Davis had with Carlos Santana when the legendary mogul launched the guitarist back into the mainstream with his 1999 Supernatural album, although this album isn’t expected to have duets.
Franklin is also concentrating on a biopic that Lifetime will be producing; she tells Billboard that Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award winner Audra McDonald are on the top of her list for the lead role.