"Aretha" is a song by British singer-songwriter Rumer. Produced by award-winning UK TV and musical composer Steve Brown, it is the second single to be released from her debut album Seasons of My Soul. A music video was made for the song and was added to YouTube on 6 October 2010. The song has been added to the BBC Radio 2 A-List.
In an interview with Digital Spy she was asked to describe her single:
"It's a very soulful ballad about a little girl who goes to school listening to Aretha Franklin on her headphones. She's having trouble at school and her mother's suffering from mental illness and she hasn't got anyone to talk to, but Aretha Franklin comes to life and encourages her and speaks to her through her imagination."
"She's the Queen of Soul! If you're going to write about somebody who embodies the spirit of music itself you go to the top of the list - and there she is! Her voice is probably the closest you get to God. There's an incredible amount of passion and heartbreak in her voice as she's lost a lot of family members. She's just got something in her voice that puts her at the top of the tree and there's no negotiation."