Chaka Khan this week released her first album of new studio music in over 10 years, and the musical legend will embark on a new tour Sunday, Sept. 30 in Los Angeles in support of the new album, called “Funk This.” The CD was produced by Grammy-winning producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and embodies the funky soul of her musical roots with Rufus and her signature passionately-honest vocal styles that make her solo career timeless.
The collection includes fresh renditions of Prince’s “Sign ‘O’ the Times;” a duet with Michael McDonald on “You Belong To Me,” a song he co-wrote with Carly Simon; Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies’ Man; ” Jimi Hendrix’s “Castle Made Of Sand; ” the soul classic “Foolish Fool;” and Rufus medley of “Pack’d My Bags” and “You Got The Love.”
The album’s originals include the ballad “Disrespectful,” a duet with Mary J. Blige, and the disc’s first single “Angel” just entered the Top 10 on the Billboard Urban AC radio chart making this her first top 10 R&B radio hit in over 10 years.
Khan helped form the Chicago, IL-based Ask Rufus in 1971, and after their moniker was shortened to just Rufus, they had their first big hit, “Tell Me Something Good,” in 1974. The group’s name quickly became Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. After a few more successful singles, Khan released her first solo album in 1978, and then the group was called Rufus & Chaka. Khan has been a solo artist for more than two decades.
Khan won two Grammy Awards as a member of Rufus and seven as a solo artist, the latest in 2003 for her cover of “What’s Going On” with the Funk Brothers. She will debut on Broadway on Jan. 9 by joining the cast of “The Color Purple” in the role of Sofia.
Chaka Khan itinerary (more dates tba):
September 30 Los Angeles , CA; Gibson Amphitheatre
October 6 Mobile, AL; Bayfest
October 12 Atlantic City, NJ; Borgata
October 14 Westbury, NY; North Fork Theatre
November 1 Tucson, AZ; Fox Tucson
November 2 Phoenix, AZ; Orpheum Theatre
November 10 Merrillville, IN; Star Plaza Theatre
November 11 Washington, DC; Warner Theatre
November 30 Cayman Islands; Cayman Music Festival