did you know:
1 born as jamesetta hawkins in lansing, michigan.
2 also known as miss peaches & the matriarch of r&b.
3 james is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll.
4 etta is the winner of six grammys and 17 blues music awards.
5 she was inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame, the blues hall of fame, and the grammy hall of fame.
6 james called her mother "the mystery lady" whom gave birth to etta at 14. she was raised by multiple caregivers.
7 she first sung at her church at the age of 5, leading and attracting large crowds to watch her perform.
8 the director use to beat her to sing for his friends, this lead to much trauma in singing on demand.
9 she was discovered in a girl group, the creolettes, by johnny otis. he suggested her stage name by reversing jamesetta.
10 james had two sons, donto and sametto. both started performing with their mother on drums and bass guitar.
"you can't fake this music. you might be a great singer or a great musician but, that's got nothing to do with it. it's how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them." - etta james

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