- RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings release the never-before-heard solo version of “Never Gonna Break My Faith” by Aretha Franklin.
“You can lie to a child with a smiling face/Tell me that color ain’t about a race,” Aretha Franklin poignantly sings in the never-before-heard solo version of “Never Gonna Break My Faith”, featuring The Boys Choir of Harlem.
The newfound solo version of the powerful ballad about faith and race was originally released as a duet with Mary J. Blige for the 2006 film Bobby. The song was released on Juneteenth by Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings to align with the oldest national holiday commemorating the end of slavery and liberation of enslaved black people in America on June 19, 1865.
“The world is very different now,” Clive Davis, Sony Music’s chief creative officer and Franklin’s close friend and producer, said in a statement, “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.”
“Never Gonna Break My Faith” won Franklin her 18th and final Grammy for best gospel performance at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008.
“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. The world hasn’t heard her full performance and it really needed to be heard,” Grammy-winning singer and the song’s co-writer, Bryan Adams said in a statement. “I’m so glad it’s being released; the world needs this right now.”
“For those we lose before their time/I pray their souls will find the light,” the song’s lyrics delivers some hope amid global protests seeking justice and racial equality ignited by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others.
Listen to the never-before-heard solo version of “Never Gonna Break My Faith” by Aretha Frankling featuring The Boys Choir of Harlem below.