Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige feat. The Harlem Boys Choir
''Never Gonna Break My Faith''
Aretha Franklin’s “Never Gonna Break My Faith” has dropped as a solo version via RCA Records, RCA Inspiration, and Legacy Recordings. The previously unreleased track features the Boys Choir of Harlem.
The spiritually uplifting and soulful track inspires hope and to remain resolute in the world’s uprising against systemic racism and police brutality. The lyrics ring as true today as they did more than a decade ago when it was written.
“You can lie to a child with a smiling face/Tell me that color ain’t about a race,” the late Queen of Soul belts on the chorus. “You can cast the first stone, you can break my bones/But you’re never gonna break/You’re never gonna break my/Faith and hope ain’t yours to give/Truth and liberty are mine to live/Steal a crown from a king, break an angel’s wings/But you’re never gonna break, never gonna break my faith.”
."Never Gonna Break My Faith" originally was released as a duet with Mary J. Blige on the soundtrack to 2006's "Bobby," about the life of Robert F. Kennedy. It earned Franklin a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance — her 18th and final win.
In a statement, Clive Davis called Franklin's vocals "chilling" and said the song deserves to become an anthem.
“The world is very different now. Change is everywhere and each of us, hopefully, is doing the best he or she can to move forward and make the change as positive as possible,” said Davis, whose history with Franklin dated back decades. "Everyone should hear this record."
Franklin died in August 2018 at 76. "Respect," a biopic about the Detroit icon starring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, is currently due out Dec. 25.
Written by Kim Cyr-Goodyear