Last week we learned the sad news that musical icon, Etta James, had passed away, losing her 2 year struggle with leukemia. The world mourned the loss of this legendary singer, and yesterday her close friends and family gathered together to honor the great woman. Read on for more details about how they paid tribute to her.
The funeral of Etta James was a truly musical affair, and seemed to really commemorate the brilliant woman. Christina Aguilera performed the famous ballad, “At Last,” and Stevie Wonder sang with the church choir.
Aguilera, 31, has been a longtime fan of James. “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,” The Voice mentor explained on her official website. “Etta James was a force to be reckoned with. A true gift to music and a woman of great spirit and courage.”
A true gift to music she was indeed, but we have to remember also that as well being a public icon, Etta was also a wife and mother. She is survived by her husband and two sons. Lets all send our best wishes to the family while they deal with their tragic loss. She will always be cherished.
Have a listen to Christina Aguilera’s rendition of “At Last” at Etta’s funeral. She says how honored she was to be able to perform Etta’s song at such a time and gets quite emotional because she has aspired to be like her, all her life – “she cut right to my soul and spoke to me.” It gave me shivers listening to this, and I’m sure it will you too.