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Chaka Khan

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Miami Vice Performer
Born
March 23, 1953, North Chicago, Illinois
Active
1969-present
Spouse(s)/Children
Hassan Khan (1970-71, divorce)
Richard Holland (1976-80, divorce), one child
Doug Rasheed (2001-present)
One child from previous relationship


Yvette Marie Stevens (born March 23, 1953, North Chicago, Illinois) is an American R&B/Dance singer known as Chaka Khan, whose song "Own the Night" appeared in the episode "Buddies" of the show Miami Vice.

Career

Chaka Khan got her start as lead singer in the funk band Rufus, reaching the Billboard #1 spot in 1974 with their hit "Tell Me Something Good", but Khan went on her own, recording her first solo album in 1979, her most known single from her self-titled debut was "I'm Every Woman" (featuring background vocals by Cissy and Whitney Houston), which reached #21. Her final single with Rufus was 1983's "Ain't Nobody" (#1 R&B, #22 Hot 100) before turning solo full-time. In 1985 her career took off again with a cover of Prince's "I Feel For You" (featuring rapper Grandmaster Melle Mel, instrumentation from The System, and harmonica from Stevie Wonder) which reached the Top 5 and won her a Grammy, one of 10 she has won over her career both solo and as a member of Rufus. Her song "Own the Night" appeared on the Miami Vice soundtrack, missing the Top 40. Khan also sang backup on Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" and on Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love", but had her voice removed from the latter due to a contract dispute. Khan recorded eleven albums in all, seven of them reached the R&B Top 10. Khan continues to record and tour occasionally, and appeared in the September, 2015 season of Dancing with the Stars, being the first contestant eliminated. Khan was chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Personal Life

Khan has been married three times, first to Hassan Khan in 1970 until their 1971 divorce. Khan then married Richard Holland in 1976 until their 1980 divorce, they have a son Damien (born 1979), then married Doug Rasheed in 2001. Khan has a daughter, Indira (Born 1973) from another relationship.

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