The "Queen of Soul" sang "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'' and the female anthem "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" on ABC's The View.
Aretha Franklin, who is on tour promoting her latest CD This Christmas produced by
Tena Clark and Franklin, for DMI Records, also sat down with the ladies of The View to answer a few questions about her career and her next project.
She was asked why she left Sony-BMG's Arista Records. Franklin said, in part,"The chairman of the board didn't feel Christmas CDs sell. ... We couldn't come to a meeting of the minds.''
Franklin's next album will involve classical music. Last summer she stayed in New York for a month to study classical piano and opera at Julliard. She said she wants to always evolve and keep her singing fresh.
Franklin has won 20 Grammys, including one this year. Host Barbara Walters asked Franklin where she kept them, never bridging the controversy about the "queen" controversy that came out of this year's awards. Franklin told the hosts she keeps them locked up in a lighted display.
Host Whoopi Goldberg asked Franklin about how she keeps her voice in shape.
"I keep my mouth closed when I should,'' Franklin said, explaining that she doesn't oversing, going beyond her natural voice.
As is usually the case, the audience of the view went home with a gift from Franklin: a copy of the new CD, her first Christmas project.
Franklin will do a CD signing at Borders, 10 Columbus Circle -Time Warner Center in New York at 7 p.m. Wednesday.