Stream Previously Unheard Aretha Franklin Solo Version Of ‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’


A previously unheard solo version of Aretha Franklin singing “Never Gonna Break My Faith” has been released. The track was issued by Sony Legacy Recordings/RCA Records in honor of Juneteenth, the celebration of June 19, 1865 when slaves in Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 that ended slavery.

Franklin originally released “Never Gonna Break My Faith” in 2006 as a duet with Mary J. Blige. Written by Bryan Adams and Eliot Kennedy, Franklin and Blige’s recording with the Boys Choir of Harlem was part of the Bobby feature film soundtrack about Robert Kennedy. Franklin performed the song at the 2008 Grammy Awards with BeBe Winans.

“The world is very different now,” said Sony Music’s chief creative officer and Franklin’s longtime cohort Clive Davis. “Change is everywhere and each of us, hopefully, is doing the best he or she can to move forward and make change as positive as possible.”

“This solo version has been sitting on my computer for years, and when I heard Clive was making a film on Aretha’s life, I sent this version to him,” Adams stated. “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.”

Backed by the Boys Choir of Harlem, listen to Aretha Franklin’s solo version of “Never Gonna Break My Faith” below:

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