Last week marked the birthday and one year anniversary of the death of the legendary Etta James. Last year, around this time I got an email from good friend and producer Agent of Change asking if I wanted to do a proper tribute to Ms. James. At the time I knew little of the extraordinary life of Jamesetta, but I’m so glad I took the time to learn about this incredible women. The result was the song “Etta” which we released last year, and to celebrate her life we decided to put out the above video.
Ironically, during the last inauguration, it was Etta who was at the center of controversy surrounding Beyonce. President Obama asked Beyonce to sing Etta’s signature song “At Last”. Always outspoken, Etta said, “I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ass whupped.” Although she latter said she was joking, I’m sure if Etta were still alive, she would crack at smile at all the flack Beyonce’ got for lip syncing at this inauguration. RIP Etta