[photogallerylink id=94129 align=right] Aretha Franklin may have turned 70 on Sunday (March 25), but the famed singer isn’t retiring just yet, despite the recent health scares. In fact, the Queen of Soul is reuniting with a famed figure from her past, record executive Clive Davis.
At her 70th birthday party at NYC’s Helmsley Park Lane Hotel on Saturday (March 24), Franklin told the Associated Press that she recently signed a new contract with Sony Music Entertainment, where Davis works as Chief Creative Officer.
“I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I’m recording with Clive again,” she said, adding that next month, she and Davis will “sit together and decide what it is we’re going to record.” As the AP noted, Davis was seated next to Franklin for much of her party, the two seemingly in good spirits.
The music mogul Davis — who notably mentored Franklin’s late goddaughter, Whitney Houston — helped to reinvigorate Franklin’s career in the early 1980s, after she parted ways with Atlantic Records and signed to Davis’ Sony imprint, Arista Records. It was under Arista that Franklin made a comeback, hitting the pop charts with singles from the commercially successful albums Jump To It (1982) and Who’s Zoomin’ Who (1985). Franklin left Arista Records in 2003; her most recent album, A Woman Falling Out of Love, was released last May on her own independent label, Aretha’s Records.
–Jillian Mapes, CBS Local