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An American recording artist Chaka Khan is popularly known as the Queen of Funk. She rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the funk band Rufus. In 1984, she became the first R&B artist to have a superhit featuring a rapper with “I Feel for You”. To date, she has won ten Grammy Awards and had sold over 70 million records across the world.
For her splendid career, she has been honored with three gold singles, three gold albums, and one platinum album. In her entire career, she has collaborated with various other artists like Quincy Jones, Guru, Chicago, De la Soul, Ry Cooder, Robert Palmer, Ray Charles, and many others.
Apart from contributing to the music industry, she has also gained a reputation for her charitable activities. She founded the Chaka Khan Foundation which helps children from poor families and also those suffering from autism.
Height / Weight / Age
Chaka Khan weighs 75 kg and 165 lbs in pounds. She is a prominent singer who has a height of 162 cm or in feet inches 5’4” tall. She has short and curly black color hair and sharp wide dark brown color eyes.
She has a lean body with a figure measurement is 36 inches breast, 28 inches waist, and 36 inches hips approximately. She has turned 70 years old. Her bra size is 36A whereas her dress size is 3 and her shoe size is 7.5 (US).
According to the sources, the estimated net worth of Chaka Khan is $31.5 million US dollars approximately. She is the owner of a luxurious house in Los Angeles worth $14.6 million USD.
Education / Family
Chaka Khan was born on March 23rd, 1953 as Yvette Marie Stevens. She was raised in Chicago, Illinois by her father Charles Stevens, and her mother Sandra Coleman. She was raised in an island area named Hyde Park. She has a brother Mark, and three sisters, Yvonne, Zaheva, and Tammy.
At a very early age, she was introduced to jazz by her grandmother and developed an interest in music. To pursue elementary education, she attended Calumet High School and Kenwood High School.
While attending school, she performed music in small groups around the Chicago area. While growing up, she also participated in the civil rights movement. As a student, she collaborated with various local bands after she was spotted by a new group ‘Rufus’.
|Real name||Yvette Marie Stevens|
|Birth Place||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Date Of Birth||March 23, 1953|
|Height||In centimeters – 162 cm
In feet inches – 5’4”
|Weight||In kilograms – 75 kg
In pounds – 165 lbs
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
|School||Kenwood High School|
|College||Berklee College of Music|
|Home Town||Chicago, USA|
|Fathers Name||Charles Stevens
|Mothers Name||Sandra Coleman
Career / Fashion And Style
In 1973, Chaka Khan became a part of the group ‘Rufus’ and along with them released a self-titled debut album. Though their debut album wasn’t successful their next song ‘Tell Me Something Good’ had reached the third position on the US Hot 100.
Once the band became popular, Chaka Khan became a star, because of her extraordinary vocals and unusual attire. Lately, she decided to begin a solo career and released her debut self-titled solo album. In 1978, she had signed a contract with Warner Bros.
The song ‘I’m Every Woman’ from the album stood at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also earned her a Grammy nomination. For the album ‘Masterjam’, she collaborated with Rufus again the following year.
In the next few years, she had released hit albums such as ‘Echoes of An Era’ (1982), ‘I Feel for You’ (1984), and ‘Destiny’ (1986). She has won several Grammy Awards for her songs such as ‘Ain’t Nobody’ which was released in collaboration with Rufus and ‘Be Bop Medley’ which was released in collaboration with Arif Mardin.
Due to changes in the musical trends, her popularity started fading. ‘Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1’ was a compilation of some of her best works.
Boyfriends, Affairs, Husband, and More
At the age of 17, Chaka Khan got married to Hassan Khan but their marriage life didn’t last long. From her relationship with Rahsaan Morris, she has a daughter Indira Milini. In 1976, she got married to Richard Holland and has a son with him.
|Children||Daughter – Indira Milini Khan
Son – Damien Holland
Some Interesting Facts About Chaka Khan
- Chaka Khan has been named the 65th most successful dance artist of all time by Billboard magazine.
- For a healthy lifestyle, she has adopted a vegan diet.
- In 2006, her son was accused of murder.
- Over the years, she struggled with drug abuse and entered rehab.
- She was honored with ‘Soul Train Awards and the ‘United Negro College Fund Award’.
- She is also known as “Yemoja Hodarhi Karifi Khan” and “Chaka Adunne Aduffe”.