Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1953, Chaka Khan is a Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter who was also known as “The Queen of Funk Soul.” Getting an early start to her career, Chaka Khan formed her first group, the Crystalettes, at the age of eleven. Before beginning her solo career, Khan established herself as an artist as the featured vocalist in the band Rufus that produced the hit songs, “Tell Me Something Good,” “Everlasting Love,” and “Stay”. During her solo career she was best known for her hit singles, “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “Through the Fire.”

Her success as an artist today is still very much in tact, having released “Funk This” in 2007 that sold over 35,000 copies in its first week of release. In early 2006, she signed with Sony BMG’s new label Burundy Records, and she was named the roll of Sofia on Broadway’s show, “The Color Purple,” that opened in early 2008.