Hear Cynthia Erivo As Aretha Franklin In ‘Genius: Aretha’

Written by on March 23, 2021

Cynthia Erivo’s portrayal as Aretha Franklin is just heart-stopping.

PEOPLE is presenting a primary have a look at an upcoming episode of Genius: Aretha titled “Wonderful Grace.” It’s the sixth within the anthology sequence and takes viewers via Franklin’s means of recording her best-selling dwell gospel album Wonderful Grace through the early 1970s.

Within the first two clips of the sneak peek, Aretha’s father C.L. Franklin (performed by Courtney B. Vance) proudly introduces his daughter throughout a spiritual service.

Erivo then impresses everybody along with her vocal abilities as she channels Franklin on the piano within the second clip.

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The total episode is slated to air on Nationwide Geographic Tuesday (March 23) concurrently with the fifth episode, “Younger, Gifted and Black.”

Erivo instructed Entertainment Weekly not too long ago that she landed the position as Franklin by singing a portion of “Ain’t No Approach” on the 2019 Tony Awards, when a reporter requested on the crimson carpet what her guilty-pleasure track was.

“Unbeknownst to me, that interview will get despatched to [executive producers] Clive Davis and Brian Grazer, [and] the remainder is historical past,” Erivo stated. “I get a name from my agent, who says Nationwide Geographic is doing the subsequent Genius and it is about Aretha Franklin and they want you to contemplate taking part in the position, and there is a assembly developing if you wish to take it.”

Watch the primary look here.


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