Beloved singer Etta James was sung to her rest by celebrities like Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera on Saturday (Jan. 28). Her funeral was a private ceremony at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, CA. Rev. Al Sharpton officiated at the ceremony and said James “flipped the switch on the script,” when she came back from dark times in her life.
He began the service by reading a message from President Barack Obama that said, Etta will be remembered for her legendary voice and her many contributions to our nation’s musical heritage,” according to the LA Times. We now know all about how Obama is about his music, with his rendition of Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together.”
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) said, “Etta has always been one of my artistic heroines. Think
about the strength of a woman who beat her addictions: her food
addiction, her drug addiction … and when times were tough, even
performing from a wheelchair. … Etta is special to me because she
represents the life, the trials and the tribulations of a lot of black
women all over this world…. She was a survivor, and I love her for
Rest in peace, Etta.