Next year, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of Ten-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Chaka Khan’s career in music and entertainment. In honor of that milestone will be a year-long celebration which will include the release of new music including a gospel and jazz project, an international and US tour and several other key events.
Between concert dates and work with her Foundation, Chaka has been in the studio actively working on new music. “Being in the studio makes me very happy,” says Chaka. “I am so excited about the new music and the direction on this project.”
That fact that the iconic singer is set to share gospel songs with her fans around the world is not surprise. The songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, has influenced generations of recording artists.
She effortlessly sings in seven music genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical.
In addition to recording music and touring the world, Chaka has always made time to support and uplift her community. She has a deep commitment to women and children at risk, which led her to establish the Chaka Khan Foundation in 1999.
Initially, the foundation focused primarily on public awareness campaigns around the diagnosis, intervention, and available family resources and the search for a cure for autism. Her efforts were particularly aimed at communities of color and other underserved communities, where awareness about this disorder is low.
Her work in this area was inspired by her nephew who has autism and who Chaka describes as “gifted and beautiful and so full of life.” She later expanded the mission of the foundation to focus more broadly on women and children at risk. In July 2012, Chaka received the McDonald Corporation’s 365Black Award, honoring her for her leadership of the Chaka Khan Foundation.