aretha franklin

*Aretha Franklin has issued an update on her ongoing health problems after canceling a number of appearances this summer, branding her recovery “absolutely miraculous.”

The Queen of Soul has been battling ill health over the last few months, but has declined to disclose the exact nature of her problems. She recently axed a number of shows, insisting she wanted to fully complete her treatment before heading back on stage.

In an update released to the Associated Press, Franklin says her recovery has amazed her doctors and she hopes to be back at work soon.

“My treatments are going very well,” she stated. “My last Cat scan, my doctor at the Cat scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous…

“I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well acquainted with faith healing. And Smokey said, ‘Well, they just don’t know who your healer is.'”

The singer adds of her recently cancelled appearances, “Any time you have cancellations you should be concerned. But all prayer is good, and keep me in your prayers until I am 100 percent, not 85, and back onstage… The most important thing is my comfort and going at my pace. Nothing is more important than my health.”

She also reveals she is hoping to start work on a new album very soon, saying, “I can’t wait for that. They’re working on the tracks now.”