NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week.READ MORE: Suspect Arrested After Holding Teen Girl Hostage During Barricade In Overbrook, Police Say
The Queen of Soul’s service will be held in Detroit on Aug. 31. Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin’s son, Edward Franklin.
The list was provided to The Associated Press on Thursday by Franklin’s longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn.
The service will reflect Franklin’s strong gospel roots. Among the gospel stars performing will be Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. The Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program, as are singers Audrey DuBois Harris and Alice McAllister Tillman
The service will be held at Greater Grace Temple.
The funeral will cap a week of remembrances for Franklin. A public viewing will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28 and August 29. A public concert at Chene Park amphitheater is scheduled for Thursday.READ MORE: PennDOT Dealing With Twin Challenges As Latest Winter Storm Bears Down On Philadelphia Region
The Four Tops will be among those performing at Thursday’s concert. Abdul “Duke” Fakir said he was honored that his famed Motown group was invited to perform. The lone, surviving original member of the quartet said he and his bandmates shared a special bond with Franklin on stages and in studios over the decades.
“I’m happy — we always love to do anything we can for ‘little sis,'” he said, adding that the performances “should be awe-inspiring.”
Aretha Franklin passed away in Detroit last Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.
This story has been corrected to show that it is the Aretha Franklin Orchestra, not choir.MORE NEWS: Joel Embiid Ties Career High With 50 Points To Carry Sixers Past Magic
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