When Franklin's family entered, the church choir began singing "Total Praise" by Richard Smallwood.
The funeral will start with music from the Aretha Franklin Orchestra, but also includes performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder.
"How you doing, baby?" she asked him.
"She really relished and cherished every moment of it, and I was so privileged to be there and personally witness the magnitude of talent of this singers' singer, this musicians' musician", Davis said.
Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush didn't attend Franklin's funeral but they sent messages to honor the Queen of Soul. Her voice touched millions around the globe during her lifetime, and her reach was apparent on Friday as her family and friends were joined by dozens of politicians, actors, musicians, religious leaders and more.
Numerous floral arrangements from celebrities including Sam Moore, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand and the family of Otis Redding were set up in a hallwayoutside the sanctuary.
Gladys was attending Aretha's funeral in Detroit Friday when she told WDIV about their final conversation.
The anonymous source says that Melania is upset by the continued stream of digs at her husband. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) reminisced about Franklin calling to congratulate her after she was elected mayor of Southfield, Michigan.
Ellis, who presided over the Queen's grand funeral service, graciously thanked Grande for her moving delivery of "Natural Woman", which she also sang live on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" the day of Franklin's death on August 16.
"We knew we wanted to have certain gospel artists like the Williams Brothers and Pastor Shirley Caesar", Owens said. In the Army Respect for others underpins all that we do, so there was only one tune that would do for today's ceremony: the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything.
Franklin's homegoing celebration in Detroit, where she was raised, began Monday with a concert at her hometown church, followed by two days of public visitation at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and then another visitation Thursday at New Bethel Church. A new generation of singers like Grande who are inspired by the late Queen of Soul is just the beginning.
For all her world travels, Detroit - where she came of age in the creative hotbed of an R&B scene that would also launch Motown Records - remained a touchstone. So the world is celebrating you. "And you're going to be one of the featured voices in the choir of angels, because you'd have to be".