The loss of a Unique
About 300 mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James on Saturday as an authentic voice whose velvety vocals bridged genres from blues to rock.
Another legendary singer, Stevie Wonder, gave a musical tribute to James at her funeral: He played the electronic keyboard and sang his “Shelter in the Rain.” He then performed on the harmonica and sang The Lord’s Prayer.
Also performing at the service was Christina Aguilera, who sang James’ signature song “At Last” and ended her rendition to a standing audience with a farewell directed at James’ casket: “May you rest in peace.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton presided over the funeral in southern California where James was raised, and he began the service by reading aloud a note from President Barack Obama, who said that James’ talents transcended genres.