Chaka Khan has had a very successful 40-year career that produced many chart-topping hits and 10 Grammy Awards. She’s traveled around the world and lived abroad but in July she will head back to where it all began – Chicago, Ill. The living legend will be participate in a street naming celebration and unveil Chaka Chan Way on S. Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets on Saturday July 27. The celebration doesn’t stop there because she will also be honored in a ceremony proclaiming July 28 “Chaka Khan Day.”
After Chaka Khan receives the love from the city with the street naming and official proclamation she will return the love to Chicago as she performs in a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park.
Chaka Khan is elated to receive this recognition and said, “Chicago is where it all began for me. Even before Rufus, I sang with local groups such as The Babysitters, Lock and Chain and Lyfe. As a young girl, growing up on Carpenter Street, my parents introduced me to a very rich musical foundation—starting with jazz and opera. I owe this city so much, and I’m deeply honored by this tribute. Chicago will always be a part of me, and with this street naming, I now will always be a part of it. It’s a blessing to me and my family. We are profoundly grateful to all the people of Chicago.”
Chaka Khan will resume her concert dates in the U.S. and abroad in July after being on extended vocal rest ordered by her doctor. The musical icon will be performing at a private engagement in Vienna, Austria (July 4); the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville, TN (July 6); the Dell Music Center, Philadelphia, PA (July 11); the John L. Knight Convention Center, Miami, FL (July 20); the Neighborhood Awards at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV (August 10); Billboard Live in Tokyo, Japan (August 26-29); and Billboard Live in Osaka, Japan (August 31-September 1).
This is a big year for Chaka Khan, not only will she be celebrating her 40th anniversary in music and entertainment, but also her 60th birthday. She will be releasing a series of new albums in celebration of these major milestones in her life, titled The iKhan Project; and plans are underway for the Chaka Khan I’m Every Woman World Tour, which will feature other top female artists.
For more information visit www.chakakhan.com
Here’s one of my favroite songs by Chaka Khan…”Through the Fire”