Etta James - Her Legacy Continues through Rhythm N Blues Foundation Donations
"Etta's lifelong contributions to Rhythm & Blues music have paved the way for generations of artists, and we are grateful to her family for furthering her impact by selecting our organization as the recipient of memorial contributions to help our mission to preserve and celebrate the music and its artists.
Etta James was a one-of-a-kind artist with a one-of-a-kind voice; she was an absolute Rhythm & Blues Pioneer. Etta was part of the fabric and spirit in which the Rhythm & Blues Foundation was built on. Awarding Etta James the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 1989 was one of the finest moments in our mission to celebrate the legacy of Rhythm &Blues artists. Our hearts go out to Etta James’ family and her long time manager, Lupe De Leon." ~~ Damon Williams, Chairman of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation
On Saturday, January 28th, 2012, some of Hollywood's biggest stars gathered to celebrate the life and music of legendary R&B singer Etta James who died of Leukemia on January 20th.
Stevie Wonder performed "Shelter in the Rain" and Christina Aguilera was visibly emotional as she performed a moving rendition of "At Last."
Christina Aguilera Sings At Last at Etta James' Funeral - Live Video
The service was overseen by the Rev. Al Sharpton, another iconic figure who has had to face and overcome his own controversies, which made the words he spoke in honor of James all the more poignant; who could better understand the trials and difficulties that James had to overcome during her life? Who could more profoundly express appreciation and respect for the spirit of perseverance that embodied the music legend?
A statement from President Obama was read by Sharpton. Obama had raised the singer's ire for dancing to Beyonce's live performance of James's timeless classic "At Last" during his inauguration. Etta's response, "she's going to get her ass whupped," referring to Beyonce, became an instant hot quote--though honestly, it's just one example of the ornery, fiery spirit that made her an icon for today's music divas. Etta James was an original.Continued on the next page