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Chaka Khan

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Chaka Khan (born March 23, 1953) is the stage name of the American singer Yvette Marie Stevens.

Khan first came to the attention of the music world as the singer of the funk band Rufus in the mid-1970s and with the help of Stevie Wonder, broke into both the pop and R&B charts in 1974 with the hit "Tell Me Something Good". Throughout the 1970's and early 1980's, the band had a number of R&B hits including "Tell Me Something Good", "Ain't Nobody", "Masterjam", "Sweet Thing", "Do You Love What You Feel?", and "Everlasting Love". In 1978, Khan launched her smash hit "I'm Every Woman". Khan later released her hip-hop based hit, "I Feel for You" off the album of the same name, written by Prince, which launched her recording career back into full gear. Prince also produced the popular ballad "Through the Fire".

Khan's career has been gratifying in terms of record sales, but she continues to record and expand musically. Her legacy as a soul icon is indisputable.

She recorded the theme song for the children's television series Reading Rainbow.

In September 2004 her 25 year old son Damien Patrick Holland was arrested on charges of murder in the first degree, but he was later released when the prosecutors claimed that there was not enough evidence. Holland's bail was originally set at $2 million, but Judge Paula Adele Mabrey reduced to $500,000. The preliminary hearing was held on March 15, 2005.

On December 3, 2004, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Berklee College of Music.

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