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While in Detroit for the movie premiere of Sparkle, Jordin Sparks was finally able to meet and talk with one of her role models Aretha Franklin face to face.

As you know Aretha recorded the soundtrack album for Warner Bros. motion picture Sparkle, starring Irene Cara in 1976 which was written and produced by Curtis Mayfield.Watch the video below as Jordin expresses her numerous emotions meeting the queen and singing her records. Did she live up to Aretha’s standards?

Background On Aretha’s Sparkle Album:

This album was huge for Aretha and put her back at gold status after two previous attempts. The first single release, “Something He Can Feel”, was a #1 R&B hit for her and reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. This record was also Aretha’s only Pop Top 40 hit during the second half of the 1970’s. The album itself reached the Top 20 of Billboard’s main album chart and was certified gold for US sales of over 500,000 copies.

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Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.

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