Aretha Franklin: Chaka Khan performs 'Going up Yonder' in honor of the Queen of Soul, with a little help from her fan
The 65-year-old singer, had once joined Aretha Franklin during a Whitney Houston tribute concert. Things seem to have come full circle for her
Not for no reason does the world remember Aretha Franklin as the Queen of Soul. Having permanently established a place for herself in the hearts of her hundreds of thousands of fans, the legendary singer is being honored in a spectacular tribute in Detroit - and joining the ceremony are iconic singers and some of Franklin's closest friends and well-wishers.
Amongst the legions of Franklin worshippers gathered for the service, though, one name is that of American singer-songwriter Chaka Khan. The 65-year-old singer, who is best known for her hits like 'I'm Every Woman', 'Through The Fire', 'I Feel For You', and so on, is widely known amongst fans as the Queen of Funk or the Disco Diva and rightly so.
With a career spanning over five decades, Khan has not only traced her way to the list of icons but also is known to have shared the stage with Franklin herself.
If reports are to be believed, the songstress - who catapulted to fame as the frontwoman Rufus, the disco band in the 1970s - had once joined Franklin during a Whitney Houston tribute concert. While the duo performed to the same crowd, serenading those gathered at the Essence Music Festival - with Franklin in her signature style belting one classic after another - it was apparently Khan who had the honor of the closing act.
For Khan, however, things came to a full circle, as she seized the prestigious opportunity to perform 'Going up Yonder' in honor of the Queen of Soul. The crowd danced and sang along to the gospel classic, a song that she believes "is a positive, beautiful spin on this thing called life."
A star-studded funeral celebration of Aretha Franklin's life is underway in Detroit. Grammy award-winning R&B singer Chaka Khan pays a tribute to Franklin with gospel song, "I’m Going Up Yonder." https://t.co/4GxUmoCHo7 pic.twitter.com/nTiHH0Ftkw— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 31, 2018
However, Chaka's performance didn't come without its own dramatics. She apparently had the lyrics of the song written behind her fan that she carried while performing and referenced it while singing.
However, fans didn't mind the gesture, and memes and gifs of Chaka's began circulating soon on social media sites.
“Going up Yonder is the Black Funeral anthem and I love every note of it!” read host Mike Muse's tweet. “And with Chaka Khan having the lyrics taped to the back of her fan makes it even more enjoyable.”
“Chaka hit those notes and Rev Jesse Jackson had to get on his feet. What a VOICE!! Yes, Chaka!!” added another.
Franklin's ongoing funeral ceremony at the Greater Grace Temple also includes performances by icons like Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Fantasia, Jennifer Holliday, and Franklin's own son Edward.