Chaka Khan, the Voice of ‘Every Woman,’ Wall Street Journal Article by Ray A. Smith

Chaka Khan, the Voice of ‘Every Woman,’ Is Back

The 10-time Grammy winner, who turned 65 in March, is embarking on new adventures, including the release of her first solo studio album in 11 years

I live in the real world and these kids want to dance,’ says Chaka Khan. PHOTO: AUSTIN HARGRAVE FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

June 29, 2018 10:47 a.m. ET
On a recent Monday afternoon at her Los Angeles home, Chaka Khan, the legendary rhythm and blues singer known for her iconic big voice, was fussing over her just-as-iconic big hair.

“I started out with orange and stuff like that in the ’80s and I’ve settled into this beautiful rich red,” she explains. “But now I can’t go anywhere and not see my red on somebody’s head! So now what do I do? I’m gonna do something different.”

The 10-time Grammy winner, who turned 65 in March, is embarking on another new adventure this year as she releases her first solo studio album in 11 years. In June, she put out its first single, “Like Sugar,” a sensual, funk-tinged bop. “I play drums on it too,” she volunteers excitedly.

The song’s chorus encourages listeners to “get up on your feet” and the album shares that vibe. “It’s the first time in my career I’ve ever purposely gone into a studio to make a dance-music album,” Ms. Khan says. “I live in the real world and these kids want to dance, so I wanted to give them something to dance to.”

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