The Fabulous Chaka Khan

Miss Khan is coming to town and, without a doubt, going to provide a performance of funk, soul and class! In honor of her amazing self I’ve decided she’s my Person of the Month for July.

Here are some interesting tidbits about this amazing artist from her IMDb bio …

She is the sister of singers Taka Boom (of The Undisputed Truth and The Glass Family) and Mark Stevens (of The Jamaica Boys).

“I Feel for You”, one of her signature songs, was originally recorded by Prince on his 1979 debut album.

Her daughter Milini Khan was a member of the group, Pretty in Pink.

Went solo in 1978 and later rejoined Rufus in 1983. During the brief reunion, they recorded the album “Rufus and Chaka Khan Live! Stompin’ at the Savoy” which included the top ten hit “Ain’t Nobody”.

She was just 18 years old when she joined Rufus, the band that made her famous.

Became a grandmother in 1992 at age 39, when daughter Millini then 18, gave birth to granddaughter, Raeven.

She has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney’s All Stars) Band.

Chaka means “fire” in many African languages!

Ranked #17 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Mother of Milini Khan and Damien Holland.

Daughter of Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman (who is her personal manager).

Sister of Kathleen Burrell and Tammy McCrary (who is her manager).

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6623 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 19, 2011.

Did a duet with Robert Palmer when he was recording future hit “Addicted to Love”. Even though Palmer was thrilled with the collaborative end product, Khan’s vocals had to be erased from the master tape due to the fact that she had two other singles on release at the same time (conflict of interest issues). When “Addicted to Love” topped the American charts in May 1986, it did so without Khan’s vocals, though she did receive a vocal arrangement credit for her efforts.

She acquired the name Chaka Khan when she joined the Black Panther Party.

Her famous recording “Ain’t Nobody” was adopted by Welsh football fans during their team’s historic run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. They changed the lyrics to “Ain’t nobody like Joe Ledley”.

Friends with the late Natalie Cole.

Chaka’s Looks Through The Years… 

I’ll have some feedback on Chaka’s concert next week, but I’ll no doubt be providing a live feed whether through Facebook or Instagram when I’m at the Indigo2.