Fantasia Barrino doesn’t need soles to have soul.
The former “American Idol” winner kicked off her shoes before singing a thrilling rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Precious Lord, Take My Hand/You’ve Got a Friend,” backed by a choir at the Queen of Soul’s funeral on Friday.
“And I hope she don’t mind, I don’t think she would, but I think I’m gonna come out of my shoes,” the Grammy Award-winning singer said before belting out the classic tune that got the entire congregation on its feet.
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) August 31, 2018
Many noteworthy performers, such as Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill and Ariana Grande, sang at Franklin’s funeral at Greater Grace Memorial Temple in Detroit, but people on Twitter seemed especially moved by Barrino’s soul-stirring performance.
There are few singers today more thrilling to watch serve vocals than Fantasia. We don't appreciate her enough. #ArethaHomecoming
— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) August 31, 2018
When Fantasia sings, one feels it in their damn souls. ?
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 31, 2018
Fantasia might be the only person I wish was on stage longer.
— Sylvia Obell (@SylviaObell) August 31, 2018
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) August 31, 2018
Me at work trying not to act a fool when Fantasia performed. pic.twitter.com/nrCG5f7x3N
— Eric Perry (@actingeric) August 31, 2018
— Such (@Such) August 31, 2018
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) August 31, 2018
Let me tell it, Fantasia the ONLY singer that did Aretha any justice on today.
— charity (@charitydaartist) August 31, 2018
Barrino’s tribute to Franklin clearly had a strong personal meaning for her, if a tweet she posted on Aug. 16, the day of Franklin’s death, was any indication.
“This woman played a BIG part in my life. She played a genuine role in my life similar to how my Grandmother was very dear to me. I’ll never forget the talks we shared together. Auntie, kill the choir up there in Heaven & know that your Music will last forever,” she wrote.
This woman played a BIG part in my life. She played a genuine role in my life similar to how my Grandmother was very dear to me. I’ll never forget the talks we shared together. Auntie, kill the choir up there in Heaven & know that your Music will last forever. #Iconic ? pic.twitter.com/UXAw9PCQ8H
— Fantasia (@TasiasWord) August 17, 2018
It seems that in Barrino honored her “Auntie” that best way she knows how — by blowing off the roof.
To see her full performance, watch the video above.