On this day we remember the life and legacy of the great Aretha Franklin as it was on this day a year ago that she lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.

Most of us know that the "Queen of Soul" began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. It's indisputable that she was a great talent on the piano and had one of the most (if not THE most powerful voices in the world)

At the age of 14, Franklin became a mother for the first time, and at 16 she had her second child. No matter the difficulties she had to overcome, she still managed to find her way back and triumph in the world of music. Later, Aretha Franklin earned the “Queen of Soul” title and also stood as a symbol of black empowerment during the civil rights movement.

In 1987, the lovely Aretha Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the greatest talents in the American Culture.

May she rest in love in heaven! She is missed by all, especially the music industry.