Listen to Aretha Franklin’s unheard ‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’ solo

music news 23/06/2020

The never-before-heard solo version of “Never Gonna Break My Faith”, featuring The Boys Choir of Harlem, has been released 15 years since its original recording.

Co-written by award-winning singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, the Grammy Award winning song was originally released as a duet with singer Mary J. Blige for the 2006 film ‘Bobby’. 

“When I wrote this song, I was channelling Aretha, never thinking that she’d ever actually sing the song,” Bryan Adams said in a statement.

“This solo version has been sitting on my computer for years, and when I heard Clive [Davis, chief creative at Sony Music] 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.

It’s accurate to say that even more than a decade on, the lyrics Aretha sings are as poignant as ever.