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Queen of Soul to go on summer tour

Aretha Franklin, who two months ago performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, is planning a summer tour. Show dates have not been confirmed. So keep your ear out and your eyes open.

Franklin will kick off the tour in a gospel celebration and church rival at Detroit's Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, June 12-14 at 7 p.m. nightly. Performers for the nightly revival include The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Dorothy Norwood, Vickie Winans, Twinkie Clark, and Bill Moss, Jr.

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The "Queen of Soul'' got her start singing gospel music at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was the pastor. As a teenager she was mentored by such gospel legends as Clara Ward and Mahalia Jackson. Her career in gospel and R&B has ebbed and flowed with chart toppers.

Last year, she released a CD of duets Jewels In The Crown:All-Star Duets With The Queen, which features her singing with such notables as Whitney Houston, Fantasia, Mary J. Blige, George Benson, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estafan, Frank Sinatra, John Legend and Luther Vandross. Her duet with Fantasia "Put You Up On Game" was the lead single.

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Franklin made headlines earlier this year at the Grammys when she was taken aback by Beyonce's introduction of Tina Turner as the "queen."

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