Chaka Khan Part Two
I’m actually doing Chaka Khan Part Two, now, and I hoped you your reading now. I hope you stick around to to hear her album, and come back tomorrow for Part three.
1984— 1996: Solo Success
In 1984, Khan released her sixth studio album, I Feel for You. The title track, the very first single released, was originally written and recorded by Prince in 1979 as well as had also been recorded by The Pointer Sisters and also Rebbie Jackson. Khan‘s version included a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder and an introductory rap by Grandmaster Melle Mel. It came to be a million-selling hit in the U.S. as well as UK and also helped to relaunch Khan‘s career. “I Feel for You“ topped not just the U.S. R&B and dance charts however achieved excellent success on the U.S. pop chart as well as reached No. 1 in the U.K. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1984 and also stayed on that particular chart for 26 weeks, well into 1985. Furthermore, it hit No. 1 on the Cash Box chart. It was listed as Billboard′ s No. 5 song for 1985 as well as netted Prince the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. Along with the song‘s successful radio airplay and also sales, a music video of Khan with breakdancers in an urban setting enjoyed heavy turning on TV and helped to strengthen Khan‘s notoriety in pop culture.
Other singles that helped the I Feel For You album go platinum included “This is My Night“ as well as the ballad “Through the ire“, the latter of which was also successful on the adult contemporary chart. Khan was included in Steve Winwood‘s 1986 number-one hit, “Higher Love“. That very same year, a duet was intended with Robert Palmer for the song “Addicted To Love“. However, her manager declined to release the duet, mentioning the desire to not have too much product from her in the industry at one time. She was still credited for the vocal arrangements in the album‘s liner notes, and the song came to be an international hit. Khan followed up the success of the I Feel For You album with 1986‘s Destiny as well as 1988‘s CK. Khan found a lot more success in the late 1980s with a remix album, Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project, which reached the top ten on the British albums chart. Therefore, she performed regularly in the U.K., where she maintained a strong fan base.
In 1990, she was a feathered performer on another major hit when she teamed up with Ray Charles as well as Quincy Jones on a new jack swing cover of The Brothers Johnson‘s “I‘ll Be Good to You“, which was included on Jones‘s Back on the Block. The song reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also No. 1 on the R&B chart, later winning her and Ray Charles a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group. Khan returned with her first studio album in four years in 1992 with the release of The Woman I Am, which was a success because of the R&B songs “Love You All My Lifetime“ as well as “You Can Make the Story Right“.
Khan also contributed to soundtracks and also worked on a follow-up to The Woman I Am she entitled Dare You to Love Me, which was at some point shelved. In 1995, she and rapper Guru had actually a hit with the duet “Watch What You Say“, in the U.K. That very same year, she supplied a modern R&B cover of the classic standard, “My Funny Valentine“, for the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. In 1996, following the release of her greatest-hits album, Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1, Khan suddenly left Warner Bros. after stating the label had neglected her and failed to release Dare You to Love Me.
Khan performing in 2006
In 1998, Khan signed a contract with Prince’s NPG Records label as well as released Come 2 My House, followed by the single “Don’t Talk 2 Strangers“, a cover of a 1996 Prince song. She later went on a tour with Prince as a co-headlining act. In 2000, Khan left NPG and also she released her autobiography Chaka! Through The Fire in 2003. The following year she released her first jazz covers album in twenty-two years with 2004‘s ClassiKhan. She also covered “Little Wing“ with Kenny Olson on the album Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Three years later, after signing with Burgundy Records, Khan released what several critics called a “comeback album“ with Funk This, produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis & Big Jim Wright. The album included the hit, “Angel“, as well as the Mary J. Blige duet,“Disrespectful“. The latter track went to number one on the U.S. dance singles chart, winning the singers a Grammy Award, while Funk This also won a Grammy for Best R&B Album. The album was also noteworthy for Khan‘s covers of Dee Dee Warwick‘s “Foolish Fool“ and Prince‘s “Sign o‘ the Times“. In 2008, Khan took part in the Broadway adaptation of The Color Purple playing Ms. Sofia to Fantasia Barrino‘s Celie.
In December 2004, Chaka Khan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music during the inauguration of its president, Roger H. Brown.
In a 2008 interview Khan said that she, unlike other artists, felt very optimistic about the current changes in the recording industry, including music downloading. “I‘m glad things are shifting and artists— not labels— are having more control over their art. My previous big record company (Warner Bros.) has vaults of my recordings that haven’t seen the light of day that people need to hear. This includes Robert Palmer‘s original recording of ‘Addicted to Love‘— which they took my vocals off of! We are working on getting it (and other tracks) all back now.“ In 2009, Khan hit the road with singers Anastacia as well as Lulu for Here Come the Girls.
In 2009, Chaka was guest singer with the song “Alive“ on jazz drummer Billy Cobham‘s album Drum‘ n voice 3. In 2010, she contributed to vocals for Beverley Knight‘s “Soul Survivor“, worked together with Clay Aiken on a song for the kids show Phineas and also Ferb, and performed two songs with Japanese singer Ai on Ai‘s newest album The Last Ai. Khan continues to perform to jam-packed audiences both in her native USA as well as overseas.
On May 19, 2011, Khan was given the 2,440th Hollywood Walk of Fame star plaque on a section of Hollywood Boulevard in LosAngeles. Her family members was present when the singer accepted the honor, as was Stevie Wonder, that had written her breakout hit “Tell Me Something Good“. On September 27, 2011, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame committee announced that Khan and also her former band Rufus were jointly nominated for induction to the hall. It was the collective‘s first nomination 13 years after they were first eligible. The band were nominated partly as a result of Khan‘s own fabled reputation, including her own solo career along with her years with Rufus. Lately, Khan rerecorded her song, “Super Life“, under the title “Super Life: Fear Kills, Love Heals“ with Eric Benet, Kelly Price, and Luke James in tribute to Trayvon Martin, a teenager that was killed on February 26. A variety of celebrities likewise joined in the recording including Loretta Devine, Terry Crews, Eva Pigford, as well as reporter Kevin Frazier.
On December 6, 2012, Chaka Khan made a controversial decision to perform at a benefit for the Israeli Defense Forces(IDF). The IDF originally invited Stevie Wonder, however after a effective lobbying campaign by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation,Wonder withdrew and was replaced by Khan that was able to raise $14 million for the IDF. This support contrasted with her earlier assistance for the Black Panther Party that publicly supported a Free Palestine.
On July 27, 2013, Khan was honored 40 years after signing her first recording contract with a ceremonial renaming of Blackstone Avenue between 50th and also 51st street (where her former high school, Kenwood Academy, site) as Chaka Khan Way and on July 28 the city declared the day Chaka Khan Day. She performed at Millennium Park‘s Pritzker Pavilion on the 28th. In August 2014, Khan served as grand marshal at the 85th annual Bud Billiken Parade as well as Picnic in her hometown of Chicago.
On August 27, 2015, Khan was announced as one of the celebrities that would compete on season 21 of Dancing with the Stars. She was coupled with professional dancer Keo Motsepe. Khan as well as Motsepe were the first couple eliminated from the competition on September 21, 2015.
In July 2016, she canceled concert performances and also entered rehab.
In June 2018 she released a new single called “Like Sugar“, a collaboration with Major Lazer member Switch. It is included on her 2019 album Hello Happiness.
Khan served as Grand Marshal in the 2019 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Chaka Khan among hundreds of musicians whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.