Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Icons: Every Woman

Icon: Chaka Khan, Soul Legend

"But really, we also need to learn how to love one another as women. How to appreciate and respect each other."
Chaka Khan

Born Yvette Marie Stevens, Chicago native Chaka Khan blazed trails in soul and funk, laying the groundwork for many of today's R&B acts. She adopted the African name "Chaka" while working as a volunteer on the Black Panthers' Free Breakfast for Children program in Chicago.
Best known for such hit songs as I'm Every Woman, Ain't Nobody, I Feel for You and Through the Fire, Chaka Khan got her start with the funk band Rufus. Before going solo, she made a mark with the band with hits like Sweet Thing and Tell Me Something Good. Often underrated for her vocal talents, she amassed twenty-two Grammy nominations and racked up ten wins. Though two of her wins were with Rufus, that still puts her tally of solo wins above Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey whom many believe are the greatest voice of modern popular music. In the male dominated genre of 70s funk, Chaka Khan stood out as the premiere female force and brought many hits after launching her solo career in 1978.

Sweet Thing [Live]

Chaka Khan
I'm Every Woman

Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Fantasia, Angie Stone
Chaka Khan Tribute Medley
Live at 2009 Soul Train Awards

Chaka is still killing it after all of these years.

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