January 31, 2012 09:00 AM by Ashley Lee
The Voice mentor and judge Christina Aguilera paid tribute to the late R&B legend Etta James at her funeral this past Saturday with an emotional performance of the signature song, “At Last.” Read on for Aguilera’s personal reflections on her idol, after the jump.
Christina Aguilera offered the following moving tribute to the late Etta James via People:
“It isn’t every day that an artist can meet the person who inspired them and their career. Not only did I have the incredible opportunity of meeting my idol, the legendary Ms. Etta James, but to be asked by her family to perform at her memorial was so very touching and yet bittersweet.
“Etta wasn’t just any performer, she was a strong woman whose talent came from a place so deep it moved people in ways they never felt before. Losing her was, to me, like losing a part of my soul.
“I can only hope that she felt the love in the room as we all came together to pay tribute to her and celebrate her life as a person and as an artist. She will be deeply missed and I thank her family for allowing me such a great honor.”
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