Chaka Khan Biography


Chaka Khan

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Birth Name: Chaka Khan
Date of birth:
Birth Country: United States
Height: 5 Feet 4 Inch
Birth Sign: Acer
Age: 64 Years
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Star on the Walk of Fame for recording and Grammy Awards winner for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Chaka Khan is a singer and songwriter from United States. She is popular in the world for being the frontwoman of the funk band Rufus. Chaka was born as Yvette Marie Stevens on the laps of Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. She was born in middle class family in Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois of United States of America. She is an American and is black.

In the late 1960s, Chaka began her romantic love affairs with Hassan Khan. She dated him as her boyfriend however; she had on and off relation with him several times. Finally in 1970, she got married to him. They got divorced in 1971.

Few months later, she was seen with Rahsaan Morris. She also became pregnant for the first time in her life with him and she finally gave birth to her first child, Milini Khan in 1973.

On 14th of August 1976, Chaka got married to Richard Holland. Richard is a production designer and an art director. They also welcomed their first child together in 1979 and they got divorced in 1980.

In the mid 1980s, Chaka was reported to be dating Chicago-area schoolteacher. This love life didn't last that long and then she moved to Europe. In 2001, she got married for the third time in her life and that was with Doug Rasheed.

Chaka began her interest in music after her grandmother introduced her to jazz. When she was 11, she formed a girl group, the Crystalettes with her sister Taka. She later joined Black Panther Party but she left them in 1969 and she began singing with the small groups somewhere in Chicago. She also performed with the local band in the early 1970s and then she joined new group called Rufus in 1972. After signing a recording contract with ABC Records in 1973, they began recording their debut album. They also released their eponymous debut album in 1973. In 1978, she signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records and she finally released her debut solo album, Chaka on 12th of October 1978. Her net worth is believed to be around $30 million.

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Born in Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois

1953 23rd of March

Chaka was born as Yvette Marie Stevens on the laps of Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. She was born in middle class family in Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois of United States of America. She is an American and is black.

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Formed a girl group, the Crystalettes

1964

Chaka began her interest in music after her grandmother introduced her to jazz. When she was 11, she formed a girl group, the Crystalettes with her sister Taka. In her early teens, she was attracted towards rhythm and blues music.

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Joined Black Panther Party

1967

In 1967, she joined Black Panther Party but she left them in 1969 and she began singing with the small groups somewhere in Chicago. She received her formal education from Calumet High School and Kenwood High School but she also quit her high school study in 1969.

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Married to Hassan Khan

1970

In the late 1960s, Chaka began her romantic love affairs with Hassan Khan. She dated him as her boyfriend however; she had on and off relation with him several times. Finally in 1970, she got married to him. They got divorced in 1971.

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Joined new group called Rufus

1972

She also performed with the local band in the early 1970s and then she joined new group called Rufus in 1972. In the 1970, she was asked to join Baby Huey & the Babysitters but this band was disbanded in 1971.

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Released their debut album, Rufus

1973 18th of July

After signing a recording contract with ABC Records in 1973, they began recording their debut album. They also released their eponymous debut album on 18th of July 1973 and it was released under the title, Rufus.

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First child, Milini Khan

1973

Few months later after she got divorced with her first husband, she was seen with Rahsaan Morris. She also became pregnant for the first time in her life with him and she finally gave birth to her first child, Milini Khan in 1973.

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Married to Richard Holland

1976 14th of August

On 14th of August 1976, Chaka got married to Richard Holland. Richard is a production designer and an art director. They also welcomed their first child together in 1979 and they got divorced in 1980. The actual reason why they got divorced is unknown.

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Released her debut solo album, Chaka

1978 12th of October

She is popular in the world for being the frontwoman of the funk band Rufus. She had a successful career being a member of this musical group. In 1978, she signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records and she finally released her debut solo album, Chaka on 12th of October 1978.

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Second child, Damien Holland

1979

She became mother for the second time in her life in 1979. She and her second husband, Richard Holland welcomed their only child that year and that time it was a son and they named him Damien Holland.

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Released her second album, Naughty

1980 26th of March

After gaining several positive feedbacks for her solo debut album, she was motivated to work on her second solo album. From 1979, she began working on her second solo album and she finally released her second solo album under the name, Naughty in March 1980.

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Married to Doug Rasheed

2001

In the mid 1980s, Chaka was reported to be dating Chicago-area schoolteacher. This love life didn't last that long and then she moved to Europe. In 2001, she got married for the third time in her life and that was with Doug Rasheed.

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Won BET Awards

2006

Till now, she has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and she has also won several of them. In 2006, she got her one and only nomination in BET Awards and she was also honored with this award that year for Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Won Grammy Awards

2008

Grammy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the music world and it’s an honor if someone wins this award. She has also been honored with this award once and that was in 2008 for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

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Was honored as Star on the Walk of Fame

2011

She has been active in singing since she was in her early teens. She has also released several albums on her won and she has also released them as a part of several musical bands. For her continuous contribution in the musical world she was honored with Star on the Walk of Fame in 2011.

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