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The "Queen of Soul" has canceled her appearance at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is being held in the spring.

Festival producer Quint Davis has said in various reports that Franklin decided against performing this year because of scheduling, travel issues and her high-profile activities surrounding President Barack Obama's inauguration.

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"She decided not to do any more work for a while and we honor that," Davis told andPOP.com. "But, we definitely told her we want her next year. She's made it clear that New Orleans and the festival are important and that she would like to be a part of this and raising the spirit of New Orleans.''

Franklin, indeed, has had a very busy schedule since the release of her Christmas CD "This Christmas.'' She's made appearances across the United States and on television.

In January, her performance at the inauguration drew lots of attention, from the big-bowed hat she wore on that chilly day to her "My Country Tis of Thee'' performance.

Last week, she released a studio recording of "My Country Tis of Thee,'' which is available online on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, GroupieTunes, Lala, Shockhound and AmieStreet.

[Source: andPOP.com]

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