Etta James Gospel Songs Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. LOS ANGELES — Etta James’ performance of the. But she wouldn’t stay a gospel singer for long. Rhythm and blues lured her away from A few Band-Aids were needed to patch up the wounds of…