ETTA JAMES RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM: Soul star also to receive NABOB Lifetime Achievement Award in D.C


*The legendary Etta James is back looking slim and trim and toting a brand new album of songs made famous by the likes of Marvin Gaye (“What’s Going On”), Prince (“Purple Rain”) and R. Kelly (“I Believe I Can Fly”).

“All the Way,” due March 14 via RCA Victor, is described by James as “an album of songs that I’ve always loved, tunes that I heard and thought, ‘wish I could have been the one to do that one first.”

During the month of its release, Etta will also be honored by NABOB (The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters) with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award at its 22nd Annual Communications Awards Dinner, a staple event held each year in Washington, D.C. Hosted by comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey, the show will take place March 10 and include other NABOB 2006 honorees Alicia Keys, S. Epatha Merkerson, Maya Angelou, Albertina Walker and Robert L. Johnson - with Aretha Franklin providing the evening’s entertainment.

James’ new album and honor comes with a new look, as the singer has shed more than 200 pounds. 

“Now I can flaunt my figure wherever I go,” the Los Angeles native grins. “I can go shopping and buy those outfits I always wanted to wear!”

The loss of weight has also dramatically changed Etta’s stage performances: “Now I can stand up on the stage again like I used to after five years of sitting down while I sang .”

Other artists covered on James’ new album “All the Way” include: Bobby Womack ("Stop On By"), Simply Red ("Holding Back The Years") James Brown ("It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World"), John Lennon ("Imagine"), “Calling You,” (from Baghdad Cafe), Leonard Bernstein ("Somewhere" from “West Side Story”), “Strung Out” (Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson) and “All The Way,” the standard most often associated with Frank Sinatra.

Posted by loni on 02/20 at 08:31 AM in Music

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