Chaka Khan: Inspiration Of A Music Icon

Brennan Williams

Nearly 40 years after entering the music business, Chaka Khan is still “Every Woman” as she continues to illuminate the lives of others through her music and philanthropic efforts.

With hopes of releasing her newest music project on her next birthday (March 23), the 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer is steadily busy as she prepares to embark on an international tour with super-producer David Foster later this year, in addition to appearing at the upcoming Essence Music Festival where she will be on hand to honor local New Orleans women, through her Chaka Khan Foundation, for their life changing achievements post-Hurricane Katrina.

The Huffington Post recently caught up with the funk/R&B powerhouse as she discussed her latest initiative, her recent weight loss, recording new music and her reaction to being a sex symbol.

In less than a month you will be in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival where your Chaka Khan Foundation will honor 33 local women for their efforts with the SuperLife Transformation Program. What inspired you to get involved with the initiative?

A lot of these women, when I met them a year ago, some of them lived in their cars. The majority of the other women had seen if not one or more members of their family wiped out, gone. So these women were stressed out. I just couldn’t fathom going down to New Orleans to do the Essence Music Festival and not leaving some kind of door opening or something. But what we’re going to do is have testimonials, performances, and a graduation. And once people graduate they will become mentors themselves and pay it forward to the next group of women.

Will this be an ongoing effort for your foundation to continue at future Essence Music Festivals?

Absolutely. I’ve incorporated these women into my life. I’m taking the responsibility [for] standing up for them and being there for them, providing a lot of love and support.

In addition to your philanthropic efforts, you’ve also been working steadily with your music career. Are you currently recording a new album?

Yes, I’ve been working steadily, non-stop. I’m in the studio right now, trying to get a couple of tracks out there for people to hear over the summer. The album won’t be out until next year.

The album’s release next year also marks your 40th anniversary in the music industry.

Yes, it’s a big moment for me. I’m still in the mix, still doing it. And even a lot better now, because I’m in much better shape than I was in the last 10 years. So everything is going really well.


  1. ugsportsconn says:

    I love me some Chaka Khan!

  2. LOVE HER! Happy to hear she continues to re-invent herself.

  3. She is beautiful inside and out with an amazing voice! Thank you for the post on her.

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