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  1. Review: Aretha Franklin is essence of soul at DTE Energy Music Theater

    Aretha Franklin has been talking in her recent concerts about how prayer healed her from a recurring, undisclosed ailment, but for a hometown audience Saturday at DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, she sang about it.

Music, Features & Entertainment Writer

Susan Whitall writes about a variety of topics for The Detroit News, including pop, R&B, jazz and country music, books, local media and Detroit's distinctive music culture over the years. She is a former editor of Creem Magazine, and the author of "Fever: Little Willie John's Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul" (Titan/Random House, 2011) and "Women of Motown" (Avon, 1998).

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