Previously unheard version of Aretha Franklin’s iconic song ‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’ has been released.
The track coincides with ‘Juneteenth’, an unofficial American holiday which celebrates the moment Union army general Gordon Granger revealed that on June 19, 1865, all slaves were now free. The timing of the anniversary has coincided with the fast-growing Black Lives Matter movement which has been sparked recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and more.
“The world is very different now,” Clive Davis, Sony Music’s Chief Creative, said. “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.”
David, who was also close friends with Franklin, added: “Music can play a major role here and Aretha’s performance is chilling. When you read the song’s lyric, and its relevance to what is happening today, it will shake every fibre in your body. Everyone should hear this record. It deserves to be an anthem.”
The song, which was originally was written Bryan Adams, revealed that this previously unreleased solo version of the song has been hidden away in his archives for 15 years.
“When the song was demo’d, I told the producers that Aretha would be the one to sing this – and sing it she did,” Adams said in a statement. “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. I’m so glad it’s being released, the world needs this right now.”
Stream the song, below.