Etta James Net Worth

Etta James Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Vinyetta James net worth is
$16 Million

Vinyetta James Wiki Biography

Etta James was born as Jamesetta Hawkins on 25th January 1938, in Los Angeles, California USA, and was a singer who was known for performing in several genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and gospel. She was a Grammy Award-winning musician, inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. James’ career started in 1954 and ended in 2012 with her passing in January of that year.

Have you ever wondered how rich Etta James was at the time of her death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that James’ net worth was as high as $16 million, an amount earned through her successful career in music. In addition to being one of the best American singers of the time with 30 studio albums recorded, Etta also released several compilations and live albums which improved her wealth.

Etta James Net Worth $16 Million

Etta James was a daughter of Dorothy Hawkins, who was only 14 when she delivered her, while the identity of the father is unknown. Etta grew up in Los Angeles and learned to sing at the age of five, thanks to musical director of the Echoes of Eden choir at the St. Paul Baptist Church, James Earle Hines, However, Hines forced Etta to sing for his drunken friend early in the morning, often beating and molesting her. When Etta was 12, her mother took her to the Fillmore district of San Francisco, and two years later, she met musician Johnny Otis who helped her girl group the Creolettes to sign with Modern Records in 1954. They changed their name to The Peaches, and together with Otis they recorded a song “Dance With Me, Henry” in 1955, which reached No. 1 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Tracks chart. Her net worth was established.

The success of the song secured The Peaches an opening spot on Little Richard’s national tour, but after her contract with Modern Records expired, she signed a deal with Chess Records in 1960. Soon after, Etta released her debut studio album called “At Last!, which reached No. 68 on the Billboard 200 chart. The singles “All I Could Do Was Cry”, “My Dearest Darling”, “At Last’, and “Trust in Me” were particularly successful and reached the Top 5 on the R&B Singles chart. In 1963, James recorded her fifth studio album “Etta James Top Ten”, and it peaked at the No. 117 on Billboard 200, with the singles “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”, “Stop the Wedding”, and “Pushover” being the most popular ones. Her net worth was growing steadily.

In 1968, her eighth studio album called “Tell Mama” came out and it reached the No. 82 on the Billboard 200 and No. 21 on R&B Album charts. In the ‘70s, Etta recorded six more albums, but only two of them were notable – “Etta James” (1973) and “Come a Little Closer” (1976). The ’80 weren’t as successful as the previous decade, but in 1994 she released “Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday”, which reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart and won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. By the end of the ‘90s, James had released “Time After Time” (1995), “Life, Love & the Blues” (1998), “12 Songs of Christmas” (1998), and “Heart of a Woman” (1999), all of which reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s Blues Album chart.

In 2000, Etta recorded “Matriarch of the Blues”, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Top Blues Albums chart, and the next year, her “Blue Gardenia” topped the Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart, while “Let’s Roll” (2004) topped the Billboard Blues Albums chart and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album of the year. In 2004, Etta’s 29th studio album “Blues to the Bone” won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. Her final release was “The Dreamer” in 2011, and it reached No. 2 on Billboard Blues Albums and No. 41 on R&B charts. She also recorded eight live and 11 compilations albums that helped her to increase her net worth significantly.

Regarding her personal life, Etta James married Artis Mills in 1969 and had two sons with him: Donto and Sametto. In 1971, both of them were arrested for heroin possession, but Mills took the responsibility and served ten years in jail. In 1974 and 1975, Etta was in the Tarzana Psychiatric Hospital for 17 months, and went through painful rehabilitation treatment. She later entered the Betty Ford Center, in Palm Springs, California, and received treatment for a dependency on painkillers. James was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008, and then in 2011with leukemia. Etta died just two days before her 74th birthday in January 2012. and died on the 20th and died on the 20th January 2012 in Riverside, California, USA. in Riverside, California, USA.

Full NameEtta James
Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 25th 1938
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, U.S.
SpouseArtis Mills (m. 1969–2012)
ChildrenDonto James, Sametto James
ParentsDorothy Hawkins
AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, At Last, I’d Rather Go...
MoviesB.B. King & Friends: Night of Blistering Blues, Tap, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Etta James and the Roots Band: Burning Down the House, Blues Legends: The Blues, Monterey Jazz Festival 1975
TV ShowsSmithsonian Channel's Sound Revolution
1[on her music] A lot of people think the blues is depressing but that's not the blues I'm singing. When I'm singing blues, I singing life. People can't stand to listen to the blues, they've got to be phonies.
2[on Beyoncé Knowles in 2009] I can't stand Beyoncé.
3When I perform what happens is I'm somewhere else. I go back in time and get in touch with who I really am.
4The only time that I am really truly happy - when I feel at my best - is when I am on the stage.
5My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I'd like to think I did that.
6Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about. I don't.
7I figured I could do 'It's a Man's, Man's, Mans' World' because I believe it's the truth.
1Claimed in her autobiography that Rudolf Wanderone Jr. was her biological father. But Wanderone never confirmed this.
2Was good friends with Willie Best.
3Etta James died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side. She died at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, CA, where she was a resident at the time of her death. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis.
4She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to the music industry. She was awarded four Grammy Awards including the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award Honor in 2003 and a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for the album, "Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday.
5Daughter of Dorothy Hawkins (who was 14 years old at the time of her birth). She was raised by foster parents and moved to San Francisco, California when she was 12 years old with her mother. She began singing at St. Paul Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California at 5 years old.
6She was signed by Chess Records in 1960.
7She had two sons with her husband, Artis: Donto James and Sametto James. She also had four grandchildren.
8She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
9She was voted the 62nd Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
10Ranked #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
11Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.


Almost Christmas2016performer: "The Very Thought of You "
Mafia III2016Video Game performer: "Don't Go To Strangers" - uncredited
Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Suicide Squad2016performer: "I'd Rather Go Blind"
Wimbledon2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Brontes at the BBC2016TV Movie documentary performer: "I Just Want To Make Love To You" - uncredited
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Firewatch2016Video Game performer: "I'd Rather Go Blind"
The Great Everything & the Nothing2016performer: "At Last"
Lolo2015"Plum Nuts"
Casualty2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Coronation StreetTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Aquarius2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Voice2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
WPC 56TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Snooker: Welsh Open2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Accidental Love2015performer: "At Last"
Dancing with the StarsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Sex Tape2014performer: "You Can Leave Your Hat On"
Independent Lens2012-2014TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
The Other Woman2014performer: "A Sunday Kind Of Love"
Eiszauber 2014: Die Magie des Eises2014TV Movie performer: "At Last" - uncredited
Dancing on IceTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2009
True Blood2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
North America2013TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Voice UK2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the StarsTV Series 2 episodes, 2006 - 2013 writer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2013 performer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009
Lotta & die frohe Zukunft2013TV Movie writer: "Good Feeling" - uncredited
Muscle Shoals2013Documentary performer: "Tell Mama", "I'd Rather Go Blind"
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Unfinished Song2012performer: "Something's Got A Hold on Me" / writer: "Something's Got A Hold on Me"
Byzantium2012performer: "Don't Cry Baby"
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days2012writer: "Good Feeling"
EastEnders1996-2012TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Block2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chuck2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never2011Documentary performer: "At Last"
Burlesque2010/Iperformer: "Tough Lover" / writer: "Something's Got a Hold on Me", "Tough Lover"
Conan2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Frankie & Alice2010performer: "I Just Want to Make Love to You"
Beautiful Darling2010Documentary performer: "My Dearest Darling"
American Dad!2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance2005-2009TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright2009Video performer: "At Last"
A Single Man2009performer: "Stormy Weather" 1933
V.O.S.2009performer: "Jingle Bells"
Ugly Betty2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
My Best Friend's Girl2008performer: "At Last"
The Broken2008performer: "At Last"
The Wire2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Eterna Magia2007TV Series performer: "At Last"
State of Mind2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Great Performances2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Perfect Stranger2007performer: "Don't Cry Baby"
What Love Is2007performer: "Something's got a hold on me" / writer: "Something's got a hold on me"
Criminal Minds2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons2003-2007TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Inland Empire2006performer: "At Last"
Mission: Impossible III2006performer: "A Sunday Kind of Love"
Phat Girlz2006performer: "At Last"
Bang Bang Orangutang2005performer: "At Last"
Little Manhattan2005performer: "At Last"
Monster-in-Law2005performer: "Tell Mama"
The Long Firm2004TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Sopranos2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Blues2003TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Chocolate com Pimenta2003TV Series performer: "Stormy Weather Keeps Rainin' All the Time"
The Bernie Mac Show2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tuxedo2002performer: "At Last"
OT: Our Town2002Documentary performer: "At Last"
Andy Richter Controls the Universe2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Un paso adelante2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Angel Eyes2001performer: "Only Time Will Tell"
See Spot Run2001performer: "At Last"
Reindeer Games2000performer: "At Last"
It Had to Be You2000performer: "At Last"
Amateur Night1999Short performer: "Damn Your Eyes"
La bûche1999performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Tha se do stin Kolasi, agapi mou1999performer: "I Found Love"
The Hurricane1999performer: "In the Basement"
Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Fillmore1999TV Movie documentary performer: "AT LAST"
American Pie1999performer: "At Last"
The Other Sister1999performer: "At Last"
This Year's Love1999performer: "Stop the Wedding"
Pleasantville1998performer: "At Last"
Living Out Loud1998performer: "At Last"
Sex and the CityTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1998
Mafia!1998performer: "Something's Got A Hold On Me" / writer: "Something's Got A Hold On Me"
Always Outnumbered1998TV Movie performer: "Out of the Rain"
Kissing a Fool1998performer: "At Last"
Space Bunnies Must Die!1998Video Game performer: "Next Door To The Blues" / writer: "Next Door To The Blues"
Caught1996lyrics: "One Day One Step at a Time"
Father of the Bride Part II1995performer: "At Last"
How to Make an American Quilt1995performer: "At Last"
Blue Sky1994performer: "Something's Got A Hold On Me" / writer: "Something's Got A Hold On Me"
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993Documentary performer: "Baby, What You Want Me To Do"
Sister Act1992performer: "Roll With Me Henry" / writer: "Roll With Me Henry"
Only the Lonely1991performer: "I'VE GOT DREAMS TO REMEMBER"
Bad Influence1990performer: "OUT OF THE RAIN" / producer: "OUT OF THE RAIN"
The Delinquents1989performer: "Roll With Me Henry" / writer: "Roll With Me Henry" - as James
Rooftops1989performer: "Avenue D"
Tap1989performer: "Baby What You Want Me To Do"
Rain Man1988performer: "At Last" 1941
Back to the Future1985performer: "THE WALLFLOWER DANCE WITH ME HENRY" 1955 / writer: "THE WALLFLOWER DANCE WITH ME HENRY" 1955
Miami ViceTV Series arranger - 1 episode, 1984 performer - 1 episode, 1984 producer - 1 episode, 1984 writer - 1 episode, 1984
Heartbreakers1984arranger: "The Blues Don't Care", "You Want More" / performer: "The Blues Don't Care", "You Want More" / producer: "The Blues Don't Care", "You Want More" / writer: "The Blues Don't Care", "You Want More"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978performer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Finale
Shindig!1965TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big Record1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dance with Me, Henry1956lyrics: "Dance With Me, Henry" / music: "Dance With Me, Henry"


Tap1989Blues Singer
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978Our Guests at Heartland

Music Department

Murder in Mississippi1990TV Movie special vocals


The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2012TV Movie in memoriam
20th Annual Trumpet Awards2012TV Special in memory of
Cadillac Records2008special thanks


Muscle Shoals2013DocumentaryHerself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright2009VideoHerself
Dancing with the Stars2009TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2007TV SeriesHerself
Austin City Limits2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Singer
Etta James and the Roots Band: Burnin' Down the House2002Video documentaryVocals
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2002TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995-2001TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Musical Guest
Record Row: Cradle of Rhythm and Blues1997TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1995TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHerself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll1987DocumentaryHerself
Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm and Blues1987TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesHerself
Jammin' with the Blues Greats1982Video documentaryHerself
The Midnight Special1981TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Soul Train1978TV Series documentaryHerself
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards1974TV SpecialHerself
The Rosey Grier Show1969TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer
New American Bandstand 19651960TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Advertising's Greatest Hits2005TV Movie documentary

Won Awards

2003Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on April 18, 2003 at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
1990Hall of FameImage Awards

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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