You know you’ve got some musical chops when the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin says, “Chaka is a one-of-a-kind, premier vocalist.” And when you see or hear her name, chances are that one of your brain tapes immediately starts playing one of Whitney Houston’s back-up singers, chanting “Chaka Khan … Chaka Khan …”
Little wonder that Chaka Khan is regarded as one of the world's most gifted and celebrated musicians. With a rich musical legacy, the 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winner is also a songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist. Chaka Khan has influenced generations of recording artists and has the rare ability to sing in seven musical genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music, and classical. Throughout this living legend’s career, Chaka has released 22 albums and racked up 10 #1 Billboard Magazine-charted songs, seven RIAA-certified gold singles, and ten RIAA-certified gold and platinum albums.
Early on, she caught the attention of music icon Stevie Wonder, who penned her first smash hit with Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good.” The single from the group's 1974 platinum-selling album, “Rags to Rufus,” earned Chaka her first GRAMMY Award. With Chaka as the group's dynamic center, Rufus began selling out shows throughout the country and dominating the airwaves with hit song after hit song, like “You Got the Love,” which Chaka co-wrote. Then there were “Once You Get Started,” “Sweet Thing,” “Everlasting Love,” “Do You Love What You Feel?” and “Ain't Nobody,” which proved to be Chaka's second GRAMMY Award-winning song with Rufus. Rufus and Chaka Khan racked up five RIAA-certified gold and platinum albums during their time together.
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