had a special announcement this weekend during her 70th birthday celebration: the classic soul singer is reuniting with famed producer Clive Davis.
Franklin told the Associated Press, “I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I’m recording with Clive again.” She continued that after Davis’ birthday next month, “we’re going to sit together and decide what it is we’re going to record.”
According to the AP, Franklin and Davis sat next to each other for most of the evening’s festivities, which included dinner, dancing and a concert by jazz pianist Kris Bowers all at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in New York City. Other famous faces included Diane Sawyer, Rev. Al Sharpton and Willie Wilkerson (to whom she was briefly engaged earlier this year).
Davis is usually credited with helping restore Franklin’s prominence in the industry in the early ‘80s. The two worked together on such successful albums as 1982’s Jump to It in and 1985’s Who’s Zoomin’ Who?.