Remembering Etta James

January 22, 2012

For those of you that don’t know, on Friday, January 20th, we lost a legendary Soul R&B icon. Etta James, most widely known for her classic hit, “At Last”, lost her battle with Leukemia this week. The news of the singer’s death was nothing short of devastating. James’ unique and powerful voice was one you couldn’t help but adore. She was a well deserving Grammy award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Blues Hall of Fame inductee. Some of James’ most popular songs include, the aforementioned “At Last”, “I’d Rather Go Blind”, “All I Could Do Was Cry”, “I’ll Fly Away”, and “The Wallflower” to name a few. However, no matter the song, if Etta James was
singing it, it was impossible not to enjoy it.

Etta James was idolized by the majority of artists today, many of which turned to their Twitter pages to mourn the loss of the beloved artist. A few of the tweets read as follows:

 @NancyGraceHLN: Etta James, we loved you so. I danced to your songs at my wedding. Good night, friend.

 @official_flo: I’m deeply saddened by the passing of the Great Etta James and I will be forever grateful for the gift she blessed me with.

 @KellyRowland: CLASSIC. ONE OF A KIND. PURE SOUL. ETTA JAMES! Thank you for gracing us with your incredible talent & presence!

 @DuffMcKagan: RIP Etta James. A WARRIOR of a woman. A talent without equal.

 There were millions of tributes and kind words dedicated to James on Twitter, resulting in ‘Etta James’ becoming a number one trending topic on the social networking site. I would be here for days listing all of the well wishes, and messages I saw throughout the day. However there was one message I came across that really stood out to me, and it was from none other than Beyoncé Knowles, who just so happened to play Etta James in the 2008 film
“Cadillac Records”. I think we all know Beyoncé is never on her Twitter, with a total of zero tweets to her name, but instead her blog page included a very touching tribute to the late Etta James.  “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.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to James’ family during this time. There’s not a doubt in my mind that, Etta James, the Matriarch of R&B, will be greatly missed. May her memory and her voice live on always.

-Meg M.

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