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Chaka Khan

voc, bvoc, *1953 US, Chicago
Singer / Musician / Songwriter of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Carole Yvette Marie Stevens Yvette Stevens (2)

Born 23rd March 1953, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Illinois, U.S.A., Chaka Khan was raised on Chicago's South Side, and at the age of 11 formed her first group, the Crystalettes. While still in high school, she joined the Affro-Arts Theater, a group which toured with Motown great Mary Wells; a few years later, she adopted the African name Chaka Khan while working on the Black Panthers' breakfast program. After quitting high school in 1969, Khan joined the group Lyfe, soon exiting to join another dance band, the Babysitters; neither was on the fast track to success, but her fortunes changed when she teamed with ex-The American Breed members Kevin Murphy (2) and Andre Fischer (2) to form Rufus. Debuting in 1973 with a self-titled effort on the ABC Records label, Rufus was among the preeminent funk groups of the decade; distinguished by Khan's dynamic vocals, the group earned half a dozen gold or platinum albums before she went solo in 1978. Chaka began her solo career with the hit, "I’m Every Woman," a tune written especially for her by the songwriting team of Ashford & Simpson. Since then, Chaka has recorded nine albums and been honored with five Grammy Awards. Her solo hits include "What Cha Gonna Do For Me?" "Clouds," "Papillion," "I Feel For You," and "Through The Fire." Sister of Yvonne Stevens aka Taka Boom and Taka Kahn.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Timbales
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Electronic
  • Pop
  • Dance
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Ain't Nobody on Stompin' At The Savoy by Rufus & Chaka Khan
I'm Every Woman on Chaka by Chaka Khan
Like Sugar on Hello Happiness by Chaka Khan
I Feel for You on I Feel For You by Chaka Khan
Through the Fire on I Feel For You by Chaka Khan
Love Me Still on Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1 by Chaka Khan
Hello Happiness on Hello Happiness by Chaka Khan
Move Me No Mountain on Naughty by Chaka Khan
Fate - WSM Compilation Edit on What Cha' Gonna Do For Me by Chaka Khan
Ain't Nobody - 45 Version on Ain't Nobody / Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Hello HappinessChaka Khan2019Single
Hello HappinessChaka Khan2019Album
Like SugarChaka Khan2018Album
I Know You, I Live You (Bugz In The Attic Remixes)Chaka Khan2018Single
I Love MyselfChaka Khan Featuring B. Slade2017Single
Soul Diva Chaka LiveChaka Khan2015Album
Every WomanChaka Khan2015Album
Re-Mixed By MoplenCandido / Chaka Khan2013Album
I Feel For You (Magda vs Nyma Remixes)Chaka Khan2013Single
It's Not OverChaka Khan2013Single
The Essential Chaka KhanChaka Khan2011Compil.
All Good / Throw Your Hands In The AirMato Vs De La Soul Feat. Chaka Khan Vs Cypress Hill2011Single
AliveChaka Khan2009Single
Original Album SeriesChaka Khan2009Album
The Complete Chaka KhanChaka Khan2009Album
In ConcertForeigner & Chaka Khan2008Album
All The Hits LiveChaka Khan2008Album
One Classic Night (Live)Chaka Khan2008Album
I Know You, I Live YouChaka Khan2008Album
CloudsChaka Khan2008Album
DisrespectfulChaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige2007Album
Funk ThisChaka Khan2007Album
Mr. PaganiniNatalie Cole & Chaka Khan2007Single
AngelChaka Khan2007Single
The Soul Of Chaka Khan - One Hour Radio SpecialChaka Khan2007Album
The Platinum CollectionChaka Khan2006Compil.
Tonight (Sa-Ra Remix) / Never Miss The WaterKleeer / Chaka Khan2006Album
A Gift For YouChaka Khan2006Album
A Night In Tunesia With Chaka KhanChaka Khan2005Album
I'm Every Woman / Ain't NobodyChaka Khan / Rufus & Chaka Khan2004Album
ClassikhanChaka Khan Featuring The London Symphony Orchestra2004Album
Dog Nyam Yu SupperBeres Hammond & Chaka Khan2003Single
Chaka Knows You / Gloria's SurvivalChaka Khan / Gloria Gaynor2003Album
Live At Roxy TheatreChaka Khan2003Album
Groove Like ThatTaka Boom Feat. Chaka Khan2002Album
I Know You I Live You / MesopotamiaChaka Khan / The B-52's2002Album
Really Real Classics Vol. 4Chaka Khan / Roy Ayers2001Album
Really Real Classics Vol. 5Chaka Khan / The Spirit Of Atlanta2001Album
Soup For One / FateChic, Chaka Khan2001Single
The Jazz Channel Presents Chaka KhanChaka Khan2000Album
Wat'cha Gonna Do For MeChaka Khan2000Album
All Good?De La Soul Featuring Chaka Khan2000Single
Dance ClassicsChaka Khan1999Compil.
NPG NewpowerpakGraham Central Station - Chaka Khan - The New Power Generation1998Album
Come 2 My HouseChaka Khan1998Album
SpoonChaka Khan1998Single
Come 2 My House (Limited LP Sampler)Chaka Khan1998Album
Don't Talk 2 StrangersChaka Khan1998Single
The Remix CollectionChaka Khan1997Compil.
EverywhereChaka Khan1997Single
The Journey Is LongMan Doki With Chaka Khan1997Single
On And OnMan Doki With Ian Anderson, Nik Kershaw, Jack Bruce, Bobby Kimball, Chaka Khan, Guru & David Clayton-Thomas1997Single
Your Love Is All I KnowChaka Khan1997Single
Every Little ThingChaka Khan1997Single
Number OneUwe Sandner feat. Chaka Khan1997Single
Never Miss The WaterChaka Khan Featuring Me'Shell NdegéOcello1997Single
Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan SamplerChaka Khan1996Compil.
Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan Volume OneChaka Khan1996Compil.
Best Of Chaka KhanChaka Khan1996Compil.
Missing YouBrandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan1996Single
Not Gon' Cry / My Funny ValentineMary J. Blige / Chaka Khan1996Single
Love Is StrangeChaka Khan & Phil Upchurch1995Single
Love Me StillChaka Khan1995Single
PatchworkChaka Khan1994Album
Facts Of LoveChaka Khan1994Single
Miles Blowin'Chaka Khan1994Album
Hot Fun In The SummertimeThe Manhattan Transfer Featuring Chaka Khan1994Single
The Remix Project (Greatest Hits)Chaka Khan1993Compil.
Don't Look At Me That Way / I'm Every WomanChaka Khan1993Single
Between The SheetsFourplay Featuring Chaka Khan And Nathan East1993Single
Don't Look At Me That WayChaka Khan1992Single
The Woman I AmChaka Khan1992Album
I WantChaka Khan1992Album
Give Me All / The Woman I AmChaka Khan1992Album
Urlando Contro Il Cielo / Love You All My LifetimeLuciano Ligabue / Chaka Khan1992Single
Love You All My LifetimeChaka Khan1992Single
Our Day Will ComeEdwin Starr Featuring Chaka Khan1991Single
Take Me AwayFrank Nimsgern Featuring Chaka Khan1991Single
Frank Nimsgern Featuring Chaka Khan & Billy CobhamFrank Nimsgern Featuring Chaka Khan & Billy Cobham1991Album
WB Classics (Album Versions)Chaka Khan1990Album
WB ClassicsChaka Khan1990Album
I'll Be Good To YouQuincy Jones Featuring Ray Charles And Chaka Khan1989Single
I'm Every Woman (Remix)Chaka Khan1989Single
Life Is A Dance - The Remix ProjectChaka Khan1989Compil.
The Spirit Of LoveAverage White Band Featuring Chaka Khan And Ronnie Laws1988Single
Baby MeChaka Khan1988Album
CKChaka Khan1988Album
It's My PartyChaka Khan1988Single
Soul Talkin'Chaka Khan1988Album
The End Of A Love Affair / I'll Be AroundChaka Khan1988Single
Watching The World (Extended Remix)Chaka Khan1986Album
Perfect FitChaka Khan1986Compil.
Tight FitChaka Khan1986Single
Earth To MickeyChaka Khan1986Album
Love Of A LifetimeChaka Khan1986Single
DestinyChaka Khan1986Album
A Love Bizarre / Can't Stop The StreetSheila E. / Chaka Khan1985Single
Own The NightChaka Khan1985Single
Eye To Eye (Remix)Chaka Khan1985Single
(Krush Groove) Can't Stop The StreetChaka Khan1985Single
Fammi Volare / I Feel For YouDrupi / Chaka Khan1985Single
Chaka KhanChaka Khan1985Album
The Other Side Of The WorldChaka Khan1985Single
I Know You, I Live You (Demo Version)Chaka Khan1984Album
I Feel For You / Through The FireChaka Khan1984Single
I Feel For YouChaka Khan1984Album
This Is My NightChaka Khan1984Single
I Know You I Live YouChaka Khan1984Album
Through The FireChaka Khan1984Single
Erotic City / I Feel For YouPrince And The Revolution With Sheila E. / Chaka Khan1984Album
I Feel For YouChaka Khan1984Single
I Didn't Know / Got To Be TherePh.D. / Chaka Khan1983Single
Chaka KhanChaka Khan1983Single
Chaka KhanChaka Khan1982Album
Best In The WestChaka Khan1982Single
Got To Be ThereChaka Khan1982Single
Echoes Of An EraChaka Khan / Freddie Hubbard / Joe Henderson / Chick Corea / Stanley Clarke / Lenny White1982Album
Tearin' It UpChaka Khan1982Album
No See, No CryChaka Khan1982Single
Robot ManThe Rick Wakeman Band Featuring Chaka Khan1981Single
What Cha' Gonna Do For MeChaka Khan1981Single
What Cha' Gonna Do For MeChaka Khan1981Album
Heed The WarningChaka Khan1981Single
I Know You, I Live YouChaka Khan1981Single
We Can Work It OutChaka Khan1981Single
Any Old SundayChaka Khan1981Single
CloudsChaka Khan1980Single
Papillon (aka Hot Butterfly) / Too Much LoveChaka Khan1980Single
NaughtyChaka Khan1980Album
Get Ready, Get Set / So NaughtyChaka Khan1980Single
I'm Every Woman / Every Which Way But LooseChaka Khan / Eddie Rabbitt1979Single
Life Is A DanceChaka Khan1978Album
Le Freak / I'm Every WomanChic / Chaka Khan1978Single
I'm Every WomanChaka Khan1978Album
ChakaChaka Khan1978Album
I'm Every WomanChaka Khan1978Single
Dreaming As OneBlood, Sweat And Tears Featuring Chaka Khan1977Single
Rags To RufusRufus Featuring Chaka Khan1974Album
Tearin' It UpChaka KhanAlbum
Track Bandits EP (Disco Edits v2.0)Kirk Franklin / Chaka KhanAlbum
Here Is Where The Hatred Is / Through The FireGil Scott-Heron / Chaka KhanSingle
Funk For Your Face #01Chaka Khan / Sir Joe Quarterman & Free SoulAlbum
Great Women Singers Of The 20th CenturyChaka KhanAlbum
A Night In LondonChaka KhanAlbum
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