Pianist and singer Vanessa Haynes celebrates the songs made famous by arguably the greatest soul singer ever to have lived, Aretha Franklin. The long-reigning and undisputed “Queen of Soul” known for her iconic “ R.E.S.P.E.C.T” song had passed away on 16 August 2018 at the age of 76, leaving an extraordinary legacy of timeless songs for generations. Aretha Franklin won 18 Grammys, had 17 Top Ten US chart hits and sold over 75 million records over a music career spanning six decades, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. Vanessa Haynes possesses one of the finest voices on the British soul scene.
In 2008 Vanessa became backing vocalist to the legend Van Morrison performing around the world with him. She’s worked and recorded with other artistes like Billy Ocean (US Tour 2009), Chaka Khan, LuLu, Anastacia (Here Come the Girls Tour 2009). Leon Ware (2009) and Mario Biondi (2010), Dave Stewart (2012) and of course, long-term vocalist for Brit jazz-funk band Incognito.
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