We celebrate the three tracks that cemented the great Aretha Franklin as the indomitable Queen of Soul. We hear from legendary session musicians, producers, journalists and industry experts who witnessed the rise of one of ground-breaking artists of all time. Starting with Franklin’s trademark hit, of an Otis Redding classic, ‘Respect’, which transformed her into a superstar. We hear first-hand from Redding’s right-hand man and world-renowned guitarist Steve Cropper who recalls how Aretha flipped and claimed their original in true defiant style, delivering and anthemic soundtrack signalling a time of great cultural change in 1960s America. Only a year later in 1968, Aretha would effortlessly build on her gospel foundation and cross over into soul, with her sublime rendition of ‘I Say A Little Prayer.’ Organist and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section royalty, Spooner Oldham shares how he helped Aretha find her groove as she secured her 9th consecutive top 10 hit with Atlantic and continued to dominate the Billboard chart. The 1980’s marked a significant change for Franklin’s sound, starting the decade with a bang this time with an empowering feminist pop classic ‘Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves.’ We hear from Multi Grammy award winning producer Narada Michael Walden who was enlisted to work his magic on Aretha’s 1985 comeback, putting her right back on top where she belonged. Reliving these celebrated and signature Aretha Franklin anthems we showcase her powerful, raw and uncompromising gift as one of the most influential and pioneering artists the world has ever seen.