Friday 20 January 2012

Etta James Passes Away and The Stars Pay Tribute

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.

Star Reactions:

Below Divas Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Tweet, Pink, Nicola Roberts, Mya, Kelly Rowland AND Jessie J pay their respects to Etta James via twitter.

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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.

Christina Aguilera
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.


  1. When I saw this I seriously shed silent tears. Etta is the one that has inspired me to become a singer. Not Christina or Beyonce or Gaga but Etta. The great Etta James. Your voice reached out to those of us who you yourself may not know, but with the stories told by your lyric brilliance, I felt like I knew you like no one else. I had always wanted to meet and work with you and with a steady heart I hold on to this dream. Etta we may never meet in the living world, but I pray we meet in the beyond. The one true inspiration that has reached the heart of this 17 year old may be gone but the echoes of her accomplishments will roar through eras to come.

  2. :( to be honest i found out that Etta had died and the only person i
    could think of at the time and even now was Christina , because of you i
    got to know this great and phenomenal woman , remember watching the
    interview when you guys met and you said you wanted to be just like her
    and you are just like her in peace ms ETTA.

  3. A truly incredible and legendary artist! Its just a shame she wasn't really recognised until her later years. Her voice was one of a kind! R.I.P

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