Christina Aguilera performs at the funeral for the late legendary soul singer Etta James in the City Of Refuge Church on January 28, 2012 in Gardena, California.
Following James’ passing at the age at 73, Aguilera released the following statement.
“Etta James was a force to be reckoned with. A true gift to music and a woman of great spirit and courage,” Aguilera wrote in a message posted on her website. “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.”
As noted early on in her career, Aguilera counted James as a major inspiration. She has not only covered notable songs by James, including “At Last” in Live! concerts but performed “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” in her big screen debut “Burlesque” (2010).
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