Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan ( born March 23, 1953 in North Chicago, Illinois as Yvette Marie Stevens) is an American soul and pop singer.


She took the name Chaka, when she participated in the free breakfast program of the Black Panther Party. Mid-1970s, Khan began her musical career as a singer of the funk band Rufus and was titled Tell Me Something Good 1974 hold with the help of Stevie Wonder and in the pop charts and radio foot. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the band had as Rufus featuring Chaka Khan a series of hits, including Sweet Thing, Once You Get Started (1975) At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up ) ( 1977), Do You Love What You feel ( 1979) and Is not Nobody (1983).

Published in 1978 Chaka Khan parallel to her career with Rufus also her solo debut, which was simply titled Chaka Khan and sold in the United States for 500,000 units was awarded with gold. This contains, their first big hit without Rufus - I'm Every Woman (1993 also a hit for Whitney Houston ). The LP 's 1981 What Cha ' Gonna Do for Me? received a Gold award. 1984 celebrated Chaka Khan her biggest solo success: The value written by Prince and produced by Arif Mardin radio song I Feel for You was a million-seller, and in the U.S. reached # 3 in the pop and # 1 in the R & B charts. Guest musicians in this song are Stevie Wonder ( harmonica) and Melle Mel ( Rap ) of the Furious Five. The mating eponymous LP sold in the U.S. alone over one million copies and received a platinum award.

1994 and 1995, Khan was with Joerg Reiter on a European tour and also appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival on. Lionel Hampton sang with her on his album, For the Love of Music ( 1995); the standard Summertime she performed on the Joe Henderson album Porgy and Bess. 2002 was followed by a guest appearance in the song All Good hip- hop group De La Soul. On 3 December 2004, she received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. A year later, they celebrated their first medal award after 20 years: The Compilation Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan was honored for 500,000 units with gold.

Published in 2007, Khan her album Funk This, produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and James " Big Jim " Wright. So she reached in the U.S., the highest chart positions since their debut from 1978. On the album there are new and gecoverte songs, including Pack'd My Bags by Rufus and Sign ' O ' the Times by Prince, as well as collaborations with Mary J. Blige and Michael McDonald. In November 2009 Here Come the Girls, a joint tour of the UK with singers Anastacia and Lulu started. The program included both his own hits as well as cover versions. In the sequel a year later, Khan was replaced by Heather Small, the lead singer of the band M People.

Chaka Khan is a Scientologist.



In this table there are the songs that have established themselves in the charts of the five countries.

1 Only when the re-release in 1989 managed to Is not Nobody 's entry into the German charts.

Albums with Rufus

The albums Numbers (1979 ), Party 'Til You're Broke (1981) and Seal in Red (1983 ) published without Chaka Khan.

Solo albums

The album Echoes of an Era (1982 ) was a studio project with various jazz greats. On the subsequent live album Echoes of an Era 2: The Concert (1982 ) Nancy Wilson Chaka Khan took place.


Chart positions:

  • DE: ( Solodiskografie ) / Chaka Khan feat. De La Soul / Chaka Khan feat. Rufus
  • AT:
  • CH:
  • UK:
  • U.S.: Chaka Khan at