Etta James - Etta James Remembered By Christina Aguilera And Barack Obama
Etta James, the legendary singer who died this month, was remembered yesterday at a funeral attended by hundreds of family and friends.
Performances from Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder were part of the service at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, California.
A letter of condolence from President Barack Obama was also read out at the funeral by Rev. Al Sharpton. In it, President Obama said: "Etta will be remembered for her legendary voice and her contributions to our nation's musical heritage."
Etta died on January 20, aged 73, after suffering from leukemia and dementia. Her career began in the 1950s, with her last album being released in 2011, but Etta is best remembered for her version of 'At Last', released in 1961.
Etta overcame heroin addiction, poverty and the stigma of being brought up in a broken home during a time of segregation, to become one of the world's most celebrated singers.
Christina Aguilera - wearing a daringly low-cut black top - sang 'At Last', while Stevie Wonder performed three of her hits including 'Shelter In The Rain'.
In his eulogy, Rev Sharpton described Etta's influence when it came to breaking down racial barriers through music, saying: "She was able to get us on the same rhythms and humming the same ballads and understanding each other's melodies way before we could even use the same hotels."