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Aretha Franklin's Granddaughter Grace Franklin Auditions for 'American Idol' - Find Out How She Did!

American Idol is back!

Season 20 of the singing competition series premiered on Sunday (February 27) on ABC.

The premiere followed judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie traveling around the country to auditioning singers hoping to make it in Hollywood.

One of those singers that auditioned was 15-year-old Grace Franklin – the granddaughter of the late music icon Aretha Franklin!

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'Respect' Movie Soundtrack Stream - Listen to Jennifer Hudson Sing Aretha Franklin Music!

The movie Respect is now playing in theaters and you can listen to the full soundtrack right here!

Jennifer Hudson sings all of Aretha Franklin‘s incredible songs in the new biopic and she sings 18 songs on the new album.

Some of the hit songs that Jennifer covers include “Respect,” “Ain’t No Way,” “I Never Loved A Man,” “Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “Amazing Grace.”

There’s also the new original song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which Jennifer wrote with Carole King. If you didn’t know, the legendary songwriter actually wrote “Natural Woman” for Aretha!

In a recent interview, Jennifer discussed the final phone call she had with Aretha before the legendary entertainer passed away a few years ago.

Stream the soundtrack below from Spotify and download the album on iTunes.

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Jennifer Hudson Reflects on Her Final Phone Call with Aretha Franklin, Days Before Her Death

Jennifer Hudson plays her idol and mentor Aretha Franklin in the new movie Respect and she’s opening up about the weekly phone calls she used to have with the late singer.

The Oscar and Grammy-winning actress started a friendship with Aretha after the legend reached out to her following the release of Dreamgirls.

Days before Aretha passed away, Jennifer had her final phone call with her.

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Jennifer Hudson Doesn't Know Why Aretha Franklin Hand-Picked Her To Star in 'Respect'

Jennifer Hudson is opening up about playing the legendary Aretha Franklin on the big screen in Respect.

However, the 39-year-old actress and singer revealed that she still doesn’t know why Aretha had hand picked her to portray her in the biopic.

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Jennifer Hudson Releases Her Cover of 'Natural Woman' for Upcoming Aretha Franklin Biopic - Listen Now!

Jennifer Hudson is starring as Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic Respect and she’ll be singing all of the legendary singer’s hits songs!

The Oscar-winning actress has released her cover of Aretha‘s hit song “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” and you can listen to it here.

If you didn’t know, Carole King wrote that song for Aretha and she has teamed up with Jennifer to write a new original song for the movie. “Here I Am” will appear on the soundtrack for the film and it’s the only original song that will be in the movie.

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Jennifer Hudson Drops 'Here I Am' Song, Written with Carole King for 'Respect' Movie!

Jennifer Hudson has released her new song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect!

The Oscar- and Grammy-winning entertainer co-wrote the song with Carole King, who famously wrote the song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” for Aretha. The song was also co-written by Jamie Hartman and produced by will.i.am.

“Here I Am” will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie and it serves as the film’s only original song. It already seems like a shoo-in for a Best Original Song nomination at the 2022 Oscars!

The movie hits theaters nationwide on August 13 and the soundtrack will be available the same day.

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Jennifer Hudson Brings Aretha Franklin's Story To Life in 'Respect' Trailer - Watch!

Jennifer Hudson becomes the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in the brand new trailer for Respect.

Here’s a synopsis of the highly anticipated movie: “Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.”

Jennifer is joined in the movie by Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige.

Respect, directed by Liesl Tommy, had been delayed in its debut due to the pandemic.

It will now premiere in theaters on August 11.

If you didn’t know, one of Jennifer‘s former co-stars also played Aretha in a limited series.

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