"Rated among the most celebrated artists of our time, Aretha is unique, not only for the power of her
voice and passion of her music, but her ability to stay absolutely contemporary ... Aretha has survived and prospered in the ever-changing world of musical fashion. Fact is, she has created a few fashions of her own. Starting in the sixties, when she defined the Golden Age of Soul, her highly personal gospel-inspired sound brought her status as one of the Greats of American Music. She has won virtually every award there is to win, scoring dozens of smash hits, a truckload of Grammys and Lifetime Achievement Awards. She is the youngest recipient in the history of the Kennedy Center Honors as well as the first woman elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." written by David Ritz, taken from Arista Records' Web site (see "Contact Info").