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Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan performing at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California.
Background information
Birth name Yvette Marie Stevens
Born March 23, 1953 (1953-03-23) (age 54)
Origin Great Lakes, Illinois, United States
Genre(s) Funk, soul, R&B, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1970-1983 (with Rufus)
1978-present (solo)
Label(s) ABC (1972-1979)
MCA (1979-1980)
Warner Bros. (1978-1993)
Reprise (1993-1997)
NPG (1998-2000)
Burgundy (2005-present)
Associated acts Rufus
Indira Khan
Website ChakaKhan.com

Chaka Khan (born March 23, 1953) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American singer known for hit songs such as "I'm Every Woman", "I Feel For You" and "Through the Fire". Khan was first featured as a member of the funk band Rufus before beginning her solo career. Though regarded as an R&B singer, she has performed numerous musical genres including funk, disco, jazz, ballads, hip hop, adult contemporary, pop and blues standards. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (667 × 1000 pixel, file size: 303 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) ,Chaka Khan in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Naval Station Great Lakes is the United States Navys Headquarters Command for training issues, located in North Chicago, Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... R&B redirects here. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Warner Bros. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... NPG Records is the record label formed by Prince in 1993 to release his music after Paisley Park Records. ... Burgundy Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History In January 2006 the Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group (SMG) announced the launch of its new record label, Burgundy Records. ... Rufus was a 1970s funk music band, best known for launching the career of their lead singer Chaka Khan. ... Indira Khan is an American R&B singer and the daughter of R&B singer Chaka Khan. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Rufus was a 1970s funk music band, best known for launching the career of their lead singer Chaka Khan. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music genre. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Blues music redirects here. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

Khan was born Yvette Marie Stevens in Great Lakes, Illinois to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. Her sister is dance music artist Taka Boom. Khan was raised on Chicago's South Side, and at the age of 11 formed her first group, the Crystalettes. While still in high school, she joined the Afro-Arts Theater, a group which toured with Motown great Mary Wells. A few years later, she adopted the African name "Chaka" while working as a volunteer on the Black Panthers' Free Breakfast for Children program in Chicago. She received her name during a naming ceremony at the Afro- Arts Theater where a Yoruba priest from Africa christened her Chaka Adunne Aduffe Yemoja Hodarhi Karifi (as stated on her official website at http://www.chakakhan.com/bio/). Khan attended Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. After quitting high school in 1969, Chaka joined the group Lyfe, soon exiting that group to join another dance band, The Babysitters; neither enjoyed any success, but her fortunes changed when she teamed with exAmerican Breed member Kevin Murphy and Andre Fisher to form Rufus. In the meantime, she had married bass guitarist Hassan Khan. Naval Station Great Lakes is the United States Navys Headquarters Command for training issues, located in North Chicago, Illinois. ... Taka Boom (real name Yvonne Stevens) is a female R&B and dance music singer and is the sister of Chaka Khan. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... The neighborhoods of Chicago are less well-defined than Chicagos seventy-seven Community Areas. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American soul, R&B, and pop singer. ... The Black Panther Party (originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African American organization founded to promote civil rights and self-defense. ... The Free Breakfast for Children Program was a program started by the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. ... Lewis University is a private Roman Catholic and Lasallian university located in Romeoville, Illinois. ... Romeoville is a village located in Will County, Illinois. ... The American Breed was an American interracial rock group formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1969. ... Rufus was a 1970s funk music band, best known for launching the career of their lead singer Chaka Khan. ...


Life with Rufus

Debuting in 1973 with a self-titled album on the ABC label, Rufus was among the most successful funk groups of the decade. With the help of Stevie Wonder, Rufus broke into both the pop music and R&B charts in 1974 with the hit "Tell Me Something Good". Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, the band had a number of R&B hits, including "Tell Me Something Good", "Masterjam", "Sweet Thing", "Do You Love What You Feel?", and "Once You Get Started". The group earned half a dozen gold or platinum albums and two gold singles with "Tell Me Something Good" and "Sweet Thing" before Khan went solo in 1978. ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...


Solo stardom

In 1978, Khan recorded the album Chaka featuring the Arif Mardin-produced disco hit "I'm Every Woman" (#1 R&B and #21 Pop) later covered by Whitney Houston. Chaka proved to be a significant hit on the strength of the single written by Ashford & Simpson, however Khan's success was somewhat tempered by her public rivalry with the remaining members of Rufus, to whom she was contractually bound for two more LPs. Arif Mardin (March 15, 1932 - June 25, 2006) was a renowned Turkish-American music producer, who worked with a wide range of artists, across many different styles and genres of music. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Im Every Woman is a 1978 hit single by Chaka Khan, her first hit outside of her recordings with funk band Rufus. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful husband and wife songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ...


Khan recorded backing vocals for Ry Cooder's 1979 effort "Bop Till You Drop," then cut her second album, 1980s Naughty, a minor hit on the R&B charts, which featured 'Clouds' (also by Ashford & Simpson), 'Move Me No Mountain', and other songs that displayed Khan's range as a singer. The 'Naughty' album also featured Luther Vandross, Cissy Houston, and a young Whitney Houston singing background vocals. Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful husband and wife songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ... Cissy Houston (born Emily Drinkard on September 30, 1933) is a gospel and soul singer. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ...


Her next album, What Cha' Gonna Do for Me ?, was a gold seller and included at two hit singles on Billboard's R&B Singles chart including the title song (which topped the R&B chart and made #53 Pop). The album also featured the song "And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)" with Dizzy Gillespie & Herbie Hancock, which has Chaka hitting "notes that aren't in the book" according to producer Arif Mardin.[citation needed] In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... For the Australian cricketer nicknamed Dizzy, see Jason Gillespie. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ...


In 1982, Warner Brothers released Khan's eponymous album, Chaka Khan, again produced by Arif Mardin.. This album featured the single "Tearin It Up", as well as Chaka's reading of Michael Jackson's "Got To Be There". "Slow Dancin" (a duet with Rick James) was also featured, but her "Be Bop Medley" won a Grammy Award, as well as praise from jazz singer Betty Carter, who praised Khan for her improvisational skills.[citation needed] Chaka Khan received positive reviews but was not the commercial success that Warner Brothers wanted. Reviewer David Bertrand Wilson (of warr.org) said, "This [album] didn't generate any hits, but it's a lot of fun...her singing here is phenomenal". The song "Got to be There", from the album , became an R&B top 5 hit. Chaka Khan is a rare collector's item because Warner Brothers refuses to release it in the United States and fans must acquire CDs imported from Japan.[citation needed] Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr) (February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was one of the most popular artists on the Motown label during the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Betty Carter Betty Carter (May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was a prominent American jazz singer, who was renowned for her improvisational techniques. ... Warner Bros. ...


In 1981, she appeared on two songs on Rick Wakeman's thematic album 1984. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 1984 is a 1981 solo album by British keyboardist Rick Wakeman, based on the classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. ...


According to the 'Chaka's World' website, Khan was originally scheduled to duet on Tom Browne's hit "Funkin' For Jamaica" and Dennis Edwards' hit "Don't Look Any Further" (which he went on to perform with Siedah Garrett). She also recorded the song "Addicted to Love" with Robert Palmer. Her vocals were later removed after her management refused to allow its release.[citation needed] Tom Browne is a trumpeter, best known for his 1980 single, Funkin For Jamaica. ... Dennis Edwards (born February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American soul and R&B singer, most noted for being one of Motown act The Temptations lead singers. ... Siedah Garrett (born June 24, 1960 in Los Angeles California) is an American, R&B singer and Academy Award and Grammy-nominated songwriter. ... Scene from the video. ... For other persons of the same name, see Robert Palmer. ...


Jazz experiment

In 1982, Khan recorded Echoes Of An Era, a collection of jazz standards featuring performances from Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Lenny White. 1983 saw Khan return to Rufus to record her last contractually obligated album Stompin' At The Savoy: Live. The double album contained live versions of Rufus classics, Khan's solo hits and a handful of newly recorded tracks. One of these was the hit "Ain't Nobody," which returned Khan to the top of the urban and top 40 charts (#22 Pop). To make room for the new studio tracks, Warner Brothers omitted live versions of "The Best Of Your Heart", "Hollywood", and "Everlasting Love" which was later released on the rare 1983 soundtrack to Night Shift. Jazz standard refers to a tune that is widely known, performed, and recorded among jazz musicians. ... Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (born April 7, 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American jazz trumpeter. ... Joe Henderson (April 24, 1937 - June 30, 2001) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Stanley Clarke (born 30 June 1951) is an American musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar as well as his numerous film and television scores. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... Lenny White (born 1949) is a great American jazz-rock drummer, who is most famous for participating as one of the multiple drummers on Miles Daviss Bitches Brew sessions, and making himself well known as a member of Chick Coreas Return To Forever band. ... Breakin... Theres No Stopping Us Performed by Ollie & Jerry ...


Hip hop

In 1984, she released I Feel For You, a platinum-selling album launched by its title cut, a Grammy Award-winning, hip hop-based rendition of a Prince album track with a cameo appearance by Stevie Wonder on harmonica and rap by Melle Mel. Produced by David Foster, the popular ballad "Through the Fire" also reached the R&B top ten, setting a then-record for most consecutive weeks on the Billboard R&B chart. It also rose to #60 on the Pop chart during a 19-week run on the Hot 100, and crossed over to the adult contemporary chart. "Through the Fire" has since been sampled by Kanye West for his hit single "Through The Wire". Chaka also recorded "Krush Groove (Can't Stop The Street)" for the movie Krush Groove in 1985. In 1986, she provided co-lead and background vocals for Steve Winwood's #1 hit, "Higher Love". This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... Melle Mel (born Melvin Glover on May 15, 1962 in Bronx, New York ) is a hip-hop musician, one of the pioneers of old school hip hop as a lyricist & as lead rapper of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. ... For other persons named David Foster, see David Foster (disambiguation). ... Through the Fire is a song from Chaka Khans 1984 album, I Feel for You. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑnjɛj/) (born June 8, 1977) is an American record producer and rapper who rose to fame in the mid 2000s. ... Krush Groove (1985) Directed by Michael Schultz In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Simmons has all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove records, including Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Higher Love (sample) is a 1986 hit song for Steve Winwood, and was the first single from his third solo LP, Back in the High Life. ...


In 1995, Khan teamed up with rapper Guru, on his solo jazz/hip hop fusion collection Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality for the track "Watch What You Saying" which reached Billboard's chart at #13. Born July 17, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, Guru (and occasionally Baldhead Slick), is an American rapper, and the lyrical half of Gang Starr, together with DJ Premier. ...


1990–2004

The success of Khan's Destiny (1986) and C.K. (1988) were limited to the R&B charts but in 1990, she won another Grammy for "I'll Be Good To You," a duet with Ray Charles which rose to #1 on the R&B charts and was a Top 20 Pop hit. For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ...


In 1992, Khan released her album The Woman I Am, for which she received a Grammy Award for best Rhythm & Blues vocal performance. The album's hit single "Love You All My Lifetime" was penned by German songwriter duo Irmgard Klarmann and Felix Weber (a.k.a. Klarmann/Weber and was produced by David Gamson. According to the Chaka's World Website, Khan recorded a follow up album Dare You To Love Me which was to be released in 1995. Warner Brothers shelved the project (although several of the tracks appeared on a career retrospective titled Epiphany: The Very Best of Chaka Khan and soundtracks such as To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar and Waiting to Exhale (singing the standard "My Funny Valentine"). Klarmann/Weber is a successful German producer and songwriter duo, consisting of Irmgard Klarmann and Felix Weber. ... To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a 1995 Hollywood film, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo. ... Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 movie directed by Forest Whitaker. ... My Funny Valentine is a song composed by Richard Rodgers to lyrics by Lorenz Hart and is now considered a jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists. ...


Khan soon left Warner Brothers for what she felt was a lack of promotion and after the label had decided to release the Epiphany compilation instead of Dare You To Love Me in its true form.[citation needed] Prince (who also feuded with the company) assisted Khan in leaving Warner Brothers. Khan eventually made a special agreement with "The Artist" (as Prince then marketed himself), and recorded her next album on his New Power Generation label. The Artist redirects here. ... The New Power Generation (or NPG for short) is the current backing group of musician Prince. ...


The Prince-produced Come 2 My House appeared in 1998 and was certified gold[citation needed] despite little promotion. Khan also appeared on new CDs by Prince and Larry Graham for the New Power Generation Label, and she toured in support of the projects.


Although she sang at both the 2000 Democratic and Republican conventions, Khan says that she is more of a "Democratic-minded person".[1]


In 2001, Khan sang on De La Soul's hit song "All Good?". In 2002 she was an integral part of the documentary about Motown studio musicians The Funk Brothers, Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, in which she performed the classic R&B songs "What's Going On?" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (a duet with Montell Jordan). She won her eighth Grammy Award for the latter performance. De La Soul is a Grammy-award winning hip hop group from Long Island, New York. ... All Good? is the second single from De La Souls fifth album, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, released in 2000. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... The Funk Brothers was the nickname given to a group of Detroit, Michigan, session musicians who performed on the backing tracks to most Motown Records recordings from 1959 until 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ... Whats Going On is an album by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. ... Aint No Mountain High Enough is an R&B/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson in 1966. ... Montell Jordan (born December 3, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer. ...


In October 2004, Khan released her cover album ClassiKhan on her own label Earth Song Records and Sanctuary Records. The album of standards featuring the London Symphony Orchestra was recorded primarily at Abbey Road Studios in London and produced by Eve Nelson of Nelson-O'Reilly Productions. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Sanctuary Records is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Records. ... The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


On December 3, 2004, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Berklee College of Music. She is also active in the autism community, as she has family members who have been diagnosed with this condition. Her EarthSong Entertainment and Chaka Khan Foundation operate from Beverly Hills, California. is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Autism is a brain development disorder characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior, all exhibited before a child is three years old. ... Beverly Hills redirects here. ...


2005—

In early 2006, she signed with Sony BMG's new label Burgundy Records. Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in G tersloh, Germany. ... Burgundy Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History In January 2006 the Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group (SMG) announced the launch of its new record label, Burgundy Records. ...


Embracing Christianity, Khan participated in a live all-star gospel concert recording for artist Richard Smallwood's new album Journey: Live In New York. Khan is featured on the song "Oh, How Precious." [2] On her official website, Khan credits singer Karen Clark Sheard with being "the voice that helped me find the Holy Ghost". Khan performed a cover version of Sheard's "A Secret Place" along with Richard Smallwood on TBN's show Praise The Lord in October 2006. Gospel, from the Old English good tidings is a calque of Greek () used in the New Testament (see Etymology below). ... Richard Smallwood is an American gospel music artist from Atlanta, Georgia who formed The Richard Smallwood Singers in 1977. ... Karen Valencia Clark-Sheard is an African-American gospel singer who was born in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Holy Spirit, from the Christian viewpoint, while related to Gods will, is not Gods will personified. ... The Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, is the largest Christian religious television network in the world and is headquartered near Los Angeles in Costa Mesa, California with studios near Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Irving, Texas and near Nashville in Hendersonville, Tennessee. ...


In December 2006, Chaka recorded "Do You Hear What I Hear" on the Christmas compilation Breaking For the Holidays produced by Eve Nelson (who also produced Classikhan). The album also featured Vonzell Solomon, Sandra Bernhard, Ben Jelen and many more. Vonzell Solomon (born 18 March 1984), also known as Baby V, is an American singer who was the third-place finisher in the fourth season of the television series American Idol. ... Sandra Bernhard (born June 6, 1955 in Flint, Michigan) is an American actress, comedian, author and singer. ... Ben Jelen (born 8 July 1979), born Benjamin Ivan Jelen in Edinburgh, Scotland, is a singer-songwriter who plays the piano, violin, and guitar. ...


In February 2007, Khan headlined and performed at the NARAS 2007 Grammy Award official post party. In September of 2007, she released Funk This, a mix of cover songs and original material. Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and James "Big Jim" Wright, the album debuted at #15 on the Top 200 Album Chart and at #5 on the R&B Album Chart, selling 39,000 copies in its first week. This marked her highest chart position since her first solo album in 1978 peaked at #12. "Angel," the first single from the album, reached #29 and went on become her first R&B hit in nearly fifteen years. Promoting the album on the Today Show on September 26, 2007, she performed "Angel" and announced that she would appear in the role of Sofia on Broadway's The Color Purple. Funk This is the latest album from American R&B singer Chaka Khan. ... Jimmy Jam (born James Harris III in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 6, 1959) and Terry Lewis (born November 21, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska) are an R&B and pop songwriting and record production team. ... James Big JIm Wright James Quentin Wright (b. ... For other uses, see Today. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about about the novel. ...


Khan opened as Sofia, a role she says she closely identifies with, on January 9, 2008 along with BeBe Winans as Sofia’s husband, Harpo.[3] is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... BeBe Winans (born Benjamin Winans, 17 September 1962, in Detroit, Michigan) is a Grammy Award winning gospel and R&B singer. ...


Awards

Grammy Awards

To date, she has had twenty one Grammy Award nominations (including three as a member of Rufus). She has won ten Grammy Awards (including two as a member of Rufus).

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Grammy Award Nominations

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BET Awards

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, shooting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. ...

Lady Of Soul Awards

The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

American Music Award Nominations

To date, she has had four American Music Award nominations. The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ...

  • 1985 Favorite Female Artist - Soul/Rhythm & Blues (Nominee only. Award recipient was Tina Turner.)
  • 1985 Favorite Female Video Artist - Soul/Rhythm & Blues (Nominee only. Award recipient was Tina Turner.)
  • 1982 Favorite Female Artist - Soul/Rhythm & Blues (Nominee only. Award recipient was Stephanie Mills.)
  • 1981 Favorite Female Artist - Soul/Rhythm & Blues (Nominee only. Award recipient was Diana Ross.)

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Discography

Further information: Rufus_(band)#Discography

Rufus was a 1970s funk music band, best known for launching the career of their lead singer Chaka Khan. ...

Albums

Title Release Date Label Chart Peak RIAA
Cert.
Singles
Chaka October 13, 1978 Tattoo / Warner Bros. US Pop #12
R&B #2
Gold "I'm Every Woman", "Life Is A Dance"
Naughty March 26, 1980 Warner Bros. US Pop #43
R&B #6
Gold "Clouds", "Papillon (Aka Hot Butterfly)", "Get Ready, Get Set"
What Cha' Gonna Do For Me April 15, 1981 Warner Bros. US Pop #17
R&B #3
Jazz #35
Gold "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me", "We Can Work It Out", "Any Old Sunday"
Echoes Of An Era 1982
January 28, 2003
Elektra / Rhino US Pop #105
R&B #38
Chaka Khan November 17, 1982 Warner Bros. US Pop #52
R&B #5
"Tearin' It Up," "Got To Be There"
I Feel For You October 1, 1984 Warner Bros. US Pop #16
R&B #4
UK #15
Platinum "I Feel For You", "This Is My Night", "Through the Fire", "Eye To Eye"
Destiny June 27, 1986 Warner Bros. US Pop #72
R&B #25
UK #77
"Love Of A Lifetime", "Tight Fit", "The Other Side Of The World", "Earth To Mickey"
C.K. November 12, 1988 Warner Bros. US Pop #125
R&B #17
"Soul Talkin", "It's My Party", "Baby Me"
Life Is A Dance: The Remix Project June 20, 1989 Warner Bros. UK #14 "I'm Every Woman (Remix)", "Ain't Nobody (remix)", "I Feel For You (Remix)"
The Woman I Am April 14, 1992 Warner Bros. US Pop #92
R&B #9
"Love You All My Lifetime", "You Can Make The Story Right", "I Want", "Give Me All", "Don't Look At Me That Way", "Facts Of Love"
Dare You To Love Me Recorded 1995 (Unreleased) Warner Bros.
Come 2 My House July 21, 1998 NPG US R&B #49 "Spoon", "This Crazy Life Of Mine", "I'll Never B Another Fool", "I Remember U"
ClassiKhan October 5, 2004 Earth Song / Sanctuary US R&B #42
Funk This September 25, 2007 Burgundy Records US Pop #15, R&B #5 "Disrespectful" (feat. Mary J. Blige), "Angel", "You Belong To Me",[5] "One For All Time"[6]

Warner Bros. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... I Feel For You is the sixth solo album by Chaka Khan, released in 1984. ... Through the Fire is a song from Chaka Khans 1984 album, I Feel for You. ... NPG Records is the record label formed by Prince in 1993 to release his music after Paisley Park Records. ... Sanctuary Records is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Records. ... Funk This is the latest album from American R&B singer Chaka Khan. ... Burgundy Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History In January 2006 the Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group (SMG) announced the launch of its new record label, Burgundy Records. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop soul singer, songwriter, occasional rapper, record producer, and actress who has sold over forty million records worldwide. ...

Compilations

Title Release Date Label Chart Peak RIAA
Cert.
Singles
Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan Vol. 1 November 12, 1996 Reprise US Pop #51
R&B #22
Gold "Never Miss The Water", "Your Love Is All I Know"
Dance Classics Of Chaka Khan (Japan Release Only) March 16, 1999 Warner Music Japan
The Platinum Collection June 26, 2006 Warner Music Group
Chaka Khan Greatest Hits Live 2007 March 4, 2008 Cleopatra

Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Solo singles

  • 1978: "I'm Every Woman" - US #21, R&B #1, UK #11
  • 1979: "Life Is A Dance" - US R&B #40
  • 1980: "Clouds" - US R&B #10
  • 1980: "Papillon (a.k.a. Hot Butterfly)" - US R&B #22
  • 1980: "Get Ready, Get Set" - R&B #48
  • 1981: "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me" - US #53, R&B #1
  • 1981: "We Can Work It Out" - US R&B #34
  • 1981: "Any Old Sunday" - US R&B #68
  • 1982: "Got To Be There" - US R&B #5
  • 1983: "Tearin' It Up" - R&B #48
  • 1984: "I Feel For You" - US #3, R&B #1, Dance #1, UK #1
  • 1985: "This Is My Night" - US #60, R&B #11, Dance #1, UK #14
  • 1985: "Eye To Eye" - UK #16
  • 1985: "Through the Fire" - US Pop #60, US AC #16, R&B #15, UK #77
  • 1985: "(Krush Groove) Can't Stop The Street" - US R&B #18, UK #80
  • 1985: "Own The Night" - US #57, R&B #66
  • 1986: "The Other Side Of The World" - US R&B #81
  • 1986: "Love of a Lifetime" - US #53, R&B #21, UK #52
  • 1986: "Tight Fit" - US R&B #28
  • 1986: "Higher Love" (With Steve Winwood) - US #1, UK #13
  • 1987: "Earth To Mickey" - US R&B #93
  • 1988: "It's My Party" - R&B #5, UK #71
  • 1988: "Soul Talkin'"
  • 1989: "I'm Every Woman (remix)" - UK #8
  • 1989: "I Feel For You" (remix) - UK #45
  • 1989: "Baby Me" - US R&B #8
  • 1990: "I'll Be Good to You" (with Quincy Jones and Ray Charles) - US #18, R&B #1, Dance #1, UK #21
  • 1992: "Love You All My Lifetime" - US #68, R&B #2, Dance #1, UK #49
  • 1992: "You Can Make The Story Right" - US R&B #8
  • 1992: "I Want" - US R&B #62
  • 1993: "Feels Like Heaven" (with Peter Cetera) - US Pop #71, US AC #5
  • 1993: "Don't Look At Me That Way" - UK #73
  • 1995: "Watch What You Say" (with Guru) - UK #28
  • 1996: "Missing You" (with Brandy, Gladys Knight and Tamia) - US #25, R&B #10
  • 1996: "Never Miss The Water" (with Me'Shell Ndegeocello) - US R&B #36, Dance #1, UK #59
  • 1998: "Spoon"
  • 1998: "This Crazy Life Of Mine"
  • 1998: "I'll Never B Another Fool"
  • 1999: "I Remember U"
  • 2000: "All Good" (with De La Soul) - UK #33
  • 2007: "Disrespectful" (with Mary J. Blige) - US Dance #1 (2 weeks)
  • 2007: "Angel" - US #121, US R&B #28
  • 2007: "You Belong To Me" (with Michael McDonald) - US Contemporary Jazz #18
  • 2008: "One For All Time" - US R&B #35

Im Every Woman is a 1978 hit single by Chaka Khan, her first hit outside of her recordings with funk band Rufus. ... Got To Be There is a 1971 single released by Michael Jackson on the Motown label. ... I Feel For You is a 1984 song by Chaka Khan. ... Higher Love (sample) is a 1986 hit song for Steve Winwood, and was the first single from his third solo LP, Back in the High Life. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the producer and songwriter. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... Peter Paul Cetera (born September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American singer, songwriter, bass guitar player and producer best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career. ... Brandy on the cover of her album Full Moon Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979 in McComb, Mississippi), known professionally as Brandy, is an African American pop/R&B singer and actress. ... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ... Tamia Washington (born May 9, 1975), professionally known as Tamia, is an American R&B singer born in Canada. ... Meshell Ndegeocello (born Michelle Lynn Johnson on August 29, 1968 in Berlin, Germany) is an American singer, rapper, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist. ... De La Soul is a Grammy-award winning hip hop group from Long Island, New York. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop soul singer, songwriter, occasional rapper, record producer, and actress who has sold over forty million records worldwide. ... Several people bear the name Michael McDonald: Michael McDonald is an American blue-eyed soul singer. ...

References

  1. ^ Rosen, Craig (November 6, 2006). Chaka Khan Siding With The Democratic Ticket.
  2. ^ Murray, Jawn (August 30, 2005). Jubilant Journey. AOL Black Voices.
  3. ^ McGee, Celia. "The Many Shades of Chaka Khan, Now in ‘Purple’", New York Times, 2007-12-30. Retrieved on 2008-01-09. 
  4. ^ Chaka Khan @ The Envelope Awards Database
  5. ^ "You Belong To Me" Hot Contemporary Jazz Songs Chart Positions - Feb 9, 2008
  6. ^ "One For All Time" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart Positions - Feb 9, 2008

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External links

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Khan's devastating vocal talent is quite apparent on the half-dozen songs she gets to her own, but Stockert hogs most of the original material (his painful ballad "Haulin' Coal"), leaving her to cover tunes by veterans like Steve Stills (a really miserable "Love The One You're With/Sit Yourself Down" medley), and
Khan's solo debut was produced by Arif Mardin, and he went with a lush, fully orchestrated sound that's sometimes slow but never dull.
Khan and Mardin were ready to experiment, coming up with energetic raveups ("Tearin' It Up" with a zillion Chaka backing vocal tracks), a terrific slow electronic funk number ("Slow Dancing" with guest vocals from Rick James), and a medley that reinterprets a bunch of bebop tunes as synth funk.
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An eight-time Grammy winner, Chaka Khan can truly claim the title 'renaissance woman.' Her distinctive vocal style has influenced and impacted a whole generation of hit making contemporary artists and her commitment as a humanitarian and philanthropist has continued to thrive through the work of her own Chaka Khan Foundation.
Chaka's range as an artist is both timeless and limitless as demonstrated in her ability to interpret a range of enduring songs associated with artists such as Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline, Shirley Bassey, Oscar Brown Jr.
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