With 10 GRAMMYs, 10 #1 Billboardhits, 22 albums, and a career spanning 40 years and influencing countless other singers, Chaka Khan truly is the “Queen of Funk.” Songs from her time with multiracial trailblazers Rufus and as a solo artist—“Tell Me Something Good,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “I Feel for You” to name just a few—are dancefloor staples everywhere. She is a global icon. She is unstoppable. She is here, free in the park, to open our 37th season.
Chaka Khan’s accomplishments as a performer are expansive. She has collaborated with a long list of artists in diverse genres, including Miles Davis (who once said, “She sings like my horn”), Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Steve Winwood, Mary J. Blige, George Benson, Larry Graham, the London Symphony Orchestra and countless others. She has starred on stage in London’s West End and on Broadway. Her vocals grace the soundtracks of soundtracks Clockers, Set It Off, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Miami Vice, White Knights, Moscow on the Hudson, Disappearing Acts, Waiting to Exhale and Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, and the Tyler Perry hits Madea's Family Reunion and Meet The Browns. She’s got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Soul Train Legend Award, the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, and a World Music Award Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also an author (her autobiography Through the Fire came out in 2003), an entrepreneur (try her gourmet chocolates line, Chakalates, and Khana Sutra, her fragrance for men, women and the home), and a philanthropist; In 2012, she received the McDonald Corporation's 365Black Award, honoring her for her leadership of the Chaka Khan Foundation, which began as an autism awareness and advocacy campaign and now more broadly addresses the needs of women and children at risk.
Through it all she has remained a consummate entertainer, delivering a lifetime of hits with the same conviction and joy that made her a star four decades ago.
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