Maybe that is really her secret, being a fully fledged American singer and not a blues singer per se, it definitely helps. And you have to like her reasoning for that wide range of music that she sings : " I sing songs that people need to hear".
And it doesn’t really matter what type of music Etta is singing, it is always her , it is always that warm strong voice, the voice that is layered with pain, with joy, with understanding, with the sheer force of nature, force of life. It is always good to hear Etta sing. If only the fact she reminds me what life is all about.
Much more than just a blues singer who tells me how bad things are and how sad she is, Etta really does restore my faith in human kind as she shows me the gamut of feelings we all share, the spectrum of what life is all about.
But the truth is I don’t think about it that much.
She is just great and that's it.
Now shut up and Listen.