Chaka Khan Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Great Lakes, Illinois, USA
Birth NameYvette Marie Stevens
Nickname The Queen of Funk
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953 in Great Lakes, Illinois, USA as Yvette Marie Stevens. She is an actress and composer, known for The Blues Brothers (1980), Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Hollywood Homicide (2003). She has been married to Doug Rasheed since 2001. She was previously married to Richard Holland and Hassan Khan.

Family (1)

Spouse Doug Rasheed (2001 - present)
Richard Holland (14 August 1976 - 2 December 1980)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Hassan Khan (1970 - 1971)  (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Flexi rod curls.
Her sultry, seductive vocals.
Her songs reflected upon love and occasionally about sugar.
She collaborates with other popular musicians with her songs.

Trivia (20)

Sister of singers Taka Boom (of The Undisputed Truth and The Glass Family) and Mark Stevens (of The Jamaica Boys).
"I Feel for You", one of her signature songs, was originally recorded by Prince on his 1979 debut album.
Her daughter Milini Khan was a member of the group, Pretty in Pink.
Despite releasing her first solo album in 1978, Khan continued to work with Rufus sporadically until 1983. During this period, they recorded the albums "Masterjam" (1979), "Camouflage" (1981), and the live set "Rufus & Chaka Khan Live! Stompin' at the Savoy" (1983), which featured four new studio cuts, including the top ten hit "Ain't Nobody".
Was 18 years old when she joined Rufus, the band that made her famous.
Her song "Never Miss the Water" was featured in episode #3.15 ("The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break") of Friends (1994).
Became a grandmother in 1992 at age 39, when daughter Millini then 18, gave birth to granddaughter, Raeven.
She has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
Chaka means "fire" in many African languages!
Ranked #17 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Mother of Milini Khan and Damien Holland.
Daughter of Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman (who is her personal manager).
Sister of Kathleen Burrell and Tammy McCrary (who is her manager).
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6623 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 19, 2011.
Duetted with Robert Palmer when he was recording future hit "Addicted to Love". Even though Palmer was thrilled with the collaborative end product, Khan's vocals had to be erased from the master tape due to the fact that she had two other singles on release at the same time (conflict of interest issues). When "Addicted to Love" topped the American charts in May 1986, it did so without Khan's vocals, though she did receive a vocal arrangement credit for her efforts.
She acquired the name Chaka Khan when she joined the Black Panther Party.
Her famous recording "Ain't Nobody" was adopted by Welsh football fans during their team's historic run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. They changed the lyrics to "Ain't nobody like Joe Ledley".
Friends with the late Natalie Cole.
The eldest of five children, her siblings Taka Boom and Mark Stevens also work in the music industry.
The 1985 song "Through the Fire" was written expressly for her by composers David Foster, Tom Keane and Cynthia Weil .

Personal Quotes (1)

[on being called a "diva", 2007] We looked it up in the dictionary. A diva is a distinguished singer, but she's also a chick who throws a fit because she believes the hype. I don't really care, though. I get more pissed about the kind of chicks that pass for divas these days.

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