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Etta James Biography, Career, Death and Net Worth. 

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Etta James Biography

Etta James was born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California in the United States to a teenage mother and only had Rudolf Wanderone as a speculative father. 

Apparently she got her chance at a music career through late American singer, Johnny Otis.

She had a difficult match growing up due to her mother’s intermittent absence and therefore had to live with several foster parents. 

Etta James was married to Artis Mills. She had two sons with different men, both musicians. 

Etta James Career 

Jamesetta Hawkins was a popular American singer who had vocal training in her childhood from the musical director of Echoes of Eden Choir, James Hines, from the St Paul’s Baptist church. 

She was one of the most popular singers in the late 1980’s as she ventured in multiple genres including gospel, R & B, Blues, Rock and roll, Soul and jazz. 

She was signed by several record labels including Universal, Private Music Records, RCA, Ace Records, and Modern Records amongst others. 

She won six Grammy awards for her outstanding work. 

Etta James Death

Jamesetta Hawkins struggled with an MRSA infection in 2010 and then Leukemia in 2011. She eventually passed away on January 20,2012. 

Etta James Net Worth 

Jamesetta Hawkins’ Net Worth was estimated at $16 million at the time of her passing in 2012. 



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