Chaka Khan is a prominent recording artist originally from America who has a net worth of $30 million. She got into the hype as the principal vocalist of the funk band Rufus since the beginning of 1970.
Ten-time Grammy winner, this “Queen of Funk” has sold approximately 70 million records globally.
- Birthday: 23 March 1953 (Age 65)
- Ethnicity: Bohemian
- Nationality: American
Chaka Khan Family: Husband and Children
Been married twice in her life, Chaka Khan’s first husband was Hassan Khan whom she married at the age of 17. She gave birth to her first child, daughter Indira Milini with her short relationship with Rahsaan Morris.
In 1976, she married Richard Holland which subsequently ended in 1980 as Holland began to control her singing career. Her second marriage also caused split her relation with some Rufus members including Andre Fischer.
With Holland, she welcomed her second child, son Damien Holland.
In the mid-1980s, she began dating a schoolteacher from Chicago. After their break-up, she traveled to London and later settled in Germany, purchasing a residence there.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Chaka comes from an artistic family with Bohemian origin. She is the eldest child of the family, having four younger siblings.
She is the sister of R&B singer Taka Boom and Mark Stevens of the funk band Aurra. Her two other sisters are Zaheva Stevens and Tammy McCrary.
- Parents: Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman
- Husband: Hassan Khan (1970-?) and Richard Holland (1976-1980)
- Children: Indira Milini and Damien Holland
- Marital Status: Divorced
A high school dropout, she started performing locally in Chicago in the late 1960s. When she was 13, a Yoruba Baba gave her a name “Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi”.
She also joined the Black Panther Party and participated in a number of civil right rallies. As a high-school dropout, she started to perform in a group named Lyfe formed by Cash McCall.
She was discovered by Rufus in 1972 while she was performing in local groups. They called her in a position of lead singer, replacing singer Paulette McWilliams. Following, the band signed with ABC Records.
Chaka Khan Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Stands with the appealing full-size figure, Chaka Khan has the height of 5 feet 4 inches and weight of 75 kilos. She possesses body measurements of 39-32-40 inches which carves a gorgeous apple-shaped figure.
On her mid-sixties, Khan has amazingly managed her juvenile looks and energetic disposition with great enthusiasm. Plus, her curvaceous body shape and charismatic facial features still keep the audacity to burn down the stage.
- Height: 5 Feet 4 Inches (1.63m)
- Body Measurements: 39-32-40 Inches
- Plastic Surgery: N/A
- Weight: 75 KG (166 lbs)
She has a fuller natural bust which requires a bra size of 36C, a dress size of 14 US while she wears a shoe size of 9 US. Competed in the dancing reality competition show “Dancing with the Stars”, she is all known for her bold and beautiful appearance.
With long burgundy curls and stylish wardrobe, she stands out from the crowd marking it as her signature looks. Got an outstanding glam squad, she always seems flaunting flawless makeup and on-point hairstyle.
An ardent food and wine lover, Khan is an out-going person who enjoys traveling, adventures, and sports.
Chaka Khan Professional Career: Albums and Singles
The contemporary music artists of R&B genre have a high standard to meet when it comes to comparing their career achievements with Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan.
American R&B and funk musician Chaka Khan is a music legend on her own and also as the lead vocalist of the 1970s Grammy Award-winning funk band Rufus.
Her music career was launched from Rufus and she has been an influential personality in funk music for over four decades now.
- Joined Rufus in 1972 succeeding the lead singer Paulette McWilliams and as Rufus signed a record deal under ABC Records a year later
- Soon the band released their debut album Rufus but wasn’t able to gain traction
- The band and singer Stevie Wonder collaborated for “Tell Me Something Good” which peaked at the third spot on the Billboard Hot 100 which brought Rufus a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus which they won in 1975
- In the latter half of the decade, Rufus managed to put out six studio albums all of which went platinum
- Their album “Ask Rufus” was nominated for another Grammy in 1978
- Chaka signed a solo record deal with Warner Bros. Records and her debut self-titled solo album was released in 1978
- She and Rufus crossed path again for their album “Masterjam” in 1979
- Her singles “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me” and “Echoes of an Era” got her nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Performance at the Grammys respectively
- Her 1984 album “I Feel for You” revamped her solo career and made her songs popular at the US charts
- Entered the 90s with “The Woman I Am” which featured hits like “Love You All My Lifetime”
- Under NPG Records, she released “Come 2 My House” in 1998 and co-headlined a Prince Tour
- Her single “What’s Going On” which featured vocals from The Funk Brothers was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Traditional RC&B Vocal Performance
- Her latest Grammy Awards were for the single “Disrespectful” featuring Mary J. Blige and her 2007 album “Funk This”
Chaka Khan Salary
Inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011, she has got 22 times Grammy nomination, winning ten of them.
Released altogether 12 solo studio albums and 11 albums with Rufus, Khan has made the lucrative amount of money through her succeeding music career.
- Salary: N/A