Billie Holiday
Etta James on Her Jazz Idols Like Billie Holiday

American singer-songwriter Etta James talks about how she sees herself as more than just a r&b singer and discusses the female singers that have inspired her. James says she personally knew Diana Washington and Billie Holiday, claiming, “They led the life they sang about.” She unapologetically explains how her music’s ability to connect with people have a lot to do with her own life being a “roller-coaster” with many highs and lows.

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