Faith Hill Performs “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” at Aretha Franklin Funeral

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If you’re familiar with the music of Faith Hill, then you know that the superstar singer has always has a little soul influence in her songs. So it stands to reason that Faith was chosen to perform during Aretha Franklin’s Funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan on Friday morning (Aug. 31).

The Queen of Soul passed away on August 16 at the age of 76. Friends, family and fans gathered to honor the life of Aretha, who gave us hits like, “Respect,” “Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools.

Faith, dressed in black, entered the room saying, “Hello. Celebrate Aretha,” before breaking into “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Seated behind the singer was former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson. The crowd rose to their feet as Faith belted out the powerful hymn.

Faith spoke about her connection to Aretha following her passing. Taking to Instagram to share a photo of the two and some beautiful words.

“GLORY, GLORY, GLORY to the ALMIGHTY!!!,” Faith wrote. “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.”

Other performers celebrating Aretha included Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.