Country Stars React to Aretha Franklin’s Passing

Written by on August 16, 2018

Like a true Queen, Aretha Franklin was always inspiring others. She’d been doing so since she made her debut in the mid-1960s. She was the reason Kelly Clarkson started singing the way she does. She taught Martina McBride where to take a song. She influenced Reba. And her music will live forever for Travis Tritt.

As word of Franklin’s passing spread, nearly everyone in the the country community — women, men, rookies and legends — had something to say on social media about how the soul singer touched their lives. While some had never met Franklin, some country stars were able to share memories of the time they’d spent with her, both on stage and off.

Newcomer Abby Anderson had never met the legendary singer, but she shared how much she treasured Franklin’s music. “My mom showed me a video of Aretha Franklin when I was seven to convince me to stay in piano lessons. It worked. She changed my life and I listen to her every day. To the woman whose voice and music will live forever, long love the queen,” Anderson wrote on Instagram with a video of her singing and playing Franklin’s 1967 “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

Willie Nelson


Whether it was Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop,or Civil Rights, Aretha Franklin was the greatest gift and the voice of a generation. She could turn any song into a hymn. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel
Rest In Peace Aretha

Kelly Clarkson


Aretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach. She was my favorite and will always be. What a gift she has left all of us with her musical footprints. There will never be another like her. She was truly special.

Faith Hill


The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement.



I’ve had so many influences in my life, and one of them is the Queen of Soul. Rest In Peace, Aretha. I’ll sing this one for you. 

Martina McBride


Praying and putting out all my good energy out there for the Queen of Soul @ArethaFranklin she has been a daily inspiration to me as a singer. To be that open channel. To let the music flow through me. To always just know where to go and where to take a song. Brilliant.

Shania Twain


An unbelievable woman and voice. It was an honor to meet and perform with the Queen of Soul. RIP Aretha Franklin ❤️? 

Travis Tritt


The greatest voice ever! Sending love and prayers to @ArethaFranklin family, friends and fans. Her music will live forever. RIP

Twitter Moments


Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. 

Rascal Flatts


Rest in Peace, sweet Aretha . We loved you and your music oh so much. An absolute legend that can never be replaced!

Jo Dee Messina


Sending my love and prayers to the family and friends of the incomparably influential Aretha Franklin. Her legacy will live on forever. 


Will Hoge


Some singers you hear and think, ‘yeah, I can do some of that.’ Others you hear and think, ‘NO WAY. I’m not touching that shit.’ Thanks Aretha Franklin for a whole mess of shit we can’t touch.

Maggie Rose


Raining in Tennessee for the . Thank you, @ArethaFranklin ♥️

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