04. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

… and I’m too old in any case. Oh well. ;-)

American Idol, The Sing-Off, The Voice — there’s no shortage of over-the-top, glitzy, ratings-driven music competitions on TV. And now Aretha Franklin is getting in on the singing contest circuit, but she’s turning her searchlight on the world of classical music. That’s right — the Queen of Soul is searching for the next great opera singer.

“Some of the older classical singers like Jessye Norman, Leontyne [Price] and Barbara Hendricks are retiring, they’re not singing anymore, and I’d like to see some younger singers come along and take their place,” Franklin says. (Actually, Price retired from the opera stage in 1985.)

If she likes what she hears, Franklin will sign one, two or maybe even three performers to her label, Aretha’s Records, and help them get established in the world of classical music.

The competition itself is decidedly low-tech. Franklin is asking interested 18- to 40-year-olds to send their demos — via CDs or cassettes — to her directly. There’s no studio audience and no toll-free number for you to call or text your vote. Just your demo, an 8-by-10 head shot and a resume. And no original songs allowed.

If you’re interested, the address is:

Aretha’s Records
c/o Thav, Gross, Steinway & Bennett
30150 Telegraph Road
Bingham Farms, MI 48012

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