Powerhouse legend Chaka Khan has been in the game for a minute. The year 2013 marks the 40th anniversary for the soul singer-entrepreneur-philanthropist. Most people whose careers have spanned 40 years are in the headspace for retirement, but Khan has no plans to quit now. Chaka Khan Enterprises announced today (Aug 20) that the ten-time Grammy winner will acknowledge her longevity in entertainment and media with a year-long celebration that will include a new album and international and US tour.
“I am honored and blessed to celebrate 40 years in music and entertainment,” says Chaka. “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.”
Other goodies included in the celebration are the launch of Chakalates, a gourmet chocolate line, and Khana Sutra, a fragrance line suitable for men, women, and home with candles and sprays.
Since debuting as the lead singer in the group Rufus with the 1973 hit “Tell Me Something Good,” Chaka Khan has achieved a magnitude of success with the group before breaking through as a solo artist. Her run with Rufus boasts five gold and platinum albums and hits such as “Ain’t Nobody,” “Sweet Thing,” and “Once You Get Started.” Her solo career earned her even more accolades with hits like “Through The Fire” and songwriting/producer credits.
Racking up Grammys along the way, Khan stepped out on the stage once again; this time as an actress in Mama I Want to Sing, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, and as Sophia in Broadway’s The Color Purple in 2004.
Along with a plethora of recognition including 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, the star’s life is currently being adapted into a screenplay from her 2003 autobiography Through the Fire.
She gives back to the community through The Chaka Khan Foundation established in 1999 to enhance public awareness of autism. Now the organization focuses more broadly on women and children who are in poverty or suffer from health issues.
This was just an abbreviated list. Chaka Khan has done more things in forty years than what most people do in a lifetime: a fitting reason to celebrate.