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Etta James

Etta James

1938 - 2012

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Vocal

Genres: Blues, R&B/Soul/Funk, Vocal jazz

Since her breakout doo wop days in the 1950s, singer Etta James has emerged as one of the great vocalists of the last half-century; yet her immense talent was only fully recognized in the early 1990s. She crossed more than a few rocky passages on the road to success, but ultimately these experiences enrich the artist's repertoire, anchoring airy ballads - such as her signature song, At Last - and elevating grittier numbers. James channels raw emotion into whichever genre she touches, slipping seamlessly between soul, R&B, jazz, blues and rock in her inimitable contralto.

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