Listen To Aretha Franklin’s Unreleased Solo Rendition Of ‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’
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Beautiful and Powerful
Aretha Franklin’s previously unreleased solo recording of “Never Gonna Break My Faith” which features the Boys Choir of Harlem was recently dropped via RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings. Franklin originally recorded it with Mary J. Blige as a duet for the 2006 drama film “Bobby”. Co-written by Bryan Adams, the song was played during the closing credits.
Adams said in a statement, “When I wrote this song, I was channeling Aretha, never thinking that she’d ever actually sing the song. The thought was to write a hymn, something that would try and articulate the feeling of faith, and that even though you might have lost something, there would always be an inner light to guide you.”
He added, “When the song was demo’d, I told the producers that Aretha would be the one to sing this — and sing it she did. This solo version has been sitting on my computer for years, and when I heard [Sony Music’s Creative Officer and longtime producer and friend of Franklin] Clive [Davis] was making a film on Aretha’s life, I sent this version to him. The world hasn’t heard her full performance and it really needed to be heard. I’m so glad it’s being released, the world needs this right now.”
Check it out below.