Next year will mark the 40th anniversary for Chaka Khan’s influential presence in the music industry. Taking on roles such as singer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Chaka has remained as a notable fixture in the industry since her debut hit single, “Tell Me Something Good” with Rufus. Rightfully so, Ms. Khan has no intent on kicking off her heels or turning off her iconic smile anytime soon.
Yesterday, Chaka Khan Enterprises officially announced a year-long celebration for the ten-time Grammy winner. The celebration will include a new album, Chakalates, a gourmet chocolate line, and Khana Sutra, a unisex fragrance line (covering women, men, and the homes they relax in).
Follow the jump for the rest of Chaka Khan’s plans for 2013.
“I am honored and blessed to celebrate 40 years in music and entertainment. I am so humbled by the love, support and gracious spirit of my fans worldwide and the continuous support my peers have shown over the years. Throughout my 40-year career, I have been through the fire a few times over and I’m still here as a living testament to God’s love and grace. Next year, I will be celebrating 40 years in the business and 60 years on earth, which equals one hundred percent Chaka.”
Chaka Khan was a part of five gold and platinum albums with the group, Rufus. While much success was achieved as a team, her solo career multiplied the recognition with hit singles and songwriting/producer credits. Outside of music Chaka believes in being a part of her community’s success, establishing The Chaka Khan Foundation in 1999. The organization strives to enhance autism awareness and financial and health issues of women and children.
Her honors and recognition included a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, United Negro College Fund Honors, 2009 Soul Train Legend Award, 2006 BET Lifetime Achievement Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. In light of such success, Chaka Khan’s life is being adapted into a screenplay from her 2003 autobiography Through the Fire.
Lastly, Chaka Khan will gift all her fans with both an international and U.S. tour. Looks like 2013 will be an action-packed year for the legendary powerhouse. With that said, ThisIsRnB.com honors the smiling songtress. What are your favorite Chaka Khan tracks?