Singing Soul Legend Etta James has died at the age of 73 after losing her battle with leukaemia. From past singers like Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, to modern day Diva's like Beyonce and Christina Aguilera, Etta James' stunning voice has continued to influence since her debut in 1954.
It was an impassioned, emotive and often raw voice that spoke to the hard life the singer had endured growing up. From being a mixed race orphan in a time of racial turmoil to drink and substance abuse, Etta James' voice had an authenticity that no amount of practice, or schooling, could ever hope to recreate. There is no doubt that as has she influenced generations before, Etta James will continue to influence those who are yet to come. Rest In Peace.
Below Divas Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Tweet, Pink, Nicola Roberts, Mya, Kelly Rowland AND Jessie J pay their respects to Etta James via twitter.
This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime.
Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.
Etta James was a force to be reckoned with. A true gift to music and a woman of great spirit and courage.
Her raw tone and the passion she put forth on a record spoke to me at a very young age and has continued to influence and inspire me throughout my career. She will NEVER be forgotten, her voice will forever live on and she will inspire talent for generations to come.