DETROIT, August 16, 2018 – A national treasure to everyone.  But to me personally, Aretha Franklin was my dear, dear friend, my homegirl, and I loved her a lot.  From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father’s home, to her giving a rousing performance atthe White House, she has always been amazing.  No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.

Though never signed to Motown, Aretha was considered part of my family.  We always shared fond memories of the Motor City, life, and just things.

Her passing is not only a tremendous personal loss for me, but for people all over the world who were touched by her incredible gift and remarkable spirit.  

Aretha Franklin will always be the undisputed Queen of Soul, and her legacy will live forever.  

My condolences go out to her sons, other family members, friends and fans.  I will miss her.