When you think of the song "Tell Me Something Good," you immediately think of Chaka Khan, not the group Rufus. Chaka Khan was the lead singer of the group, but stood out much more than anyone could have ever guessed. She's won all types of awards the world over, she's one of the most influential singers in any genre and her voice is indeed the voice of an angel. Miles Davis once said, "She sings like my horn!" What an endorsement from the father of the cool jazz movement.
Chaka Khan is a one-of-a-kind premiere vocalist. -Aretha Franklin
She's the voice made famous on hits like: "Sweet Thing," "Do You Love What You Feel" and "Ain't Nobody" as a member of the group Rufus. She also has many solo credits to her name, like the breakout hit "I'm Every Woman" (written by Motown legends Ashford & Simpson) and "Through the Fire" and covers like "Addicted to Love" and "We Need a Higher Love." Chaka Khan's vocal touch transforms any song into a triumph and it is never the same. Her big vocals are beyond compare and her stage command is captivating! Watching her perform is enthralling.
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Chaka Khan's career is like a winding road—there are many turns, but the path remains. The multiple Grammy award winner has recorded songs in a number of genres and has given the treatment that no other artist can emulate! Her name is synonymous with greatness in the R&B genre. Of the 22 albums to her name, 10 of them are certified gold or platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has worked with all the big names and has helped others make a name for themselves as well.
She's a singer, actress and author, publishing her autobiography "Through the FIre" in 2003. There's nothing stopping this tour de force; she's primed and ready to live out her best days yet! Even at the age of 60, she continues to evolve. When she released "Angel" as her single years ago, listeners sought out the song's author only to find out it was Khan herself. In fact she'd written the song decades before its eventual release.
She is a singer's singer and tells the story like no other. You can hear this incomparable chanteuse at the Jazz Fest on Friday, May 2. You don't want to miss this, because in Ms. Khan's words..."I Feel for You!"
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Jazz Fest Performance: Friday, May 2, 2014
Go see this if: You want to have a funky good time and hear the music of an R&B icon.