Chaka Khan Net Worth, How did one of America’s most iconic singers acquire her wealth? Check this article to find out more about Chaka Khan Net Worth, her career and her personal life.
About Chaka Khan
Khan is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has had a musical career that has spanned over 4 decades. She began her musical career in the early ’70s as the lead vocalist of the funk band Rufus.
She gained prominence for her incredible vocals and stunning looks. In her long musical career, Chaka Khan, who is dubbed as the ‘Queen of Funk’ has won multiple Grammy Awards and sold over 70 million records worldwide.
So what is Chaka Khan Net Worth? Keep reading to find out more about Chaka Khan Net Worth.
|Full Name:||Yvette Marie Stevens|
|Date of Birth:||March 23, 1953|
|Net Worth:||$30 Million|
Chaka Khan Early Life and Career
Her real name is Yvette Marie Stevens. She was born on March 23, 1953, into an artistic, bohemian household in Chicago, Illinois. She is the oldest of 5 children, born to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. Chaka Khan who describes her father as a ‘Beatnik’ and her mother as ‘able to anything’ was raised in the Hyde Park area.
However, two of Khan’s siblings, her only brother Mark, and younger sister Yvonne are successful musicians. Two of her other sisters are Zaheva Stevens and Tammy McCrary.
She started showing her love for music from an early age being raised as a Catholic and was introduced to Jazz as a child by her grandmothe. At age 11, she formed a girl group called the ‘Crystalettes’.
Khan stated that her name Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi, or just Chaka which many thought she got from her time while in the Panthers in 1967, was given when she was 13 back in 1969 by a Yoruba Baba.
She attended Calumet High School and Kenwood High School (now Kenwood Academy) before dropping out to perform in small musical groups around Chicago Area.
Chaka Khan first performance was with a group called the Cash McCall’s group Lyfe which her then-boyfriend, Hassan Khan was a member. They both later married in 1970.
She had a wonderful beginning in her early years of performing. Khan was picked by two members of a band known as Rufus as a replacement for rock n roll singer Paulette McWilliams.
In 1973, the group got signed by ABC records. The Rufus group released their eponymous debut album called ‘Rufus’ same year under the ABC Record label.
Unfortunately, the album didn’t get the kind of attention as the group expected. But, that quickly changed after the group collaborated with Steven Wonder on a song he had written for Khan titled ‘Tell Me Something Good’.
The song became the breakthrough hit jam for the group, reaching the third spot on the 1974 US Billboard Hot 100 and winning them their very first Grammy Award.
Khan’s days with the roup Rufus was shortlived following a stormy relationship between she (who was the group’s star attraction, credits to her powerful vocals and stage appearance) and some of its members especially Andre Fischer.
Though Khan remained in the group, signed a solo contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1978 and further releasing her debut solo album. This wasn’t received too well by the band. She later left the group to become a full-time solo artist.
She enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing albums after albums that would go platinum, selling over millions of copies. Then in 1996, she abruptly parted ways with Warner Bros. after releasing her ‘greatest-hits album, Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1’ stating that the label had neglected her and failed to release ‘Dare You to Love Me’.
Khan signed for Prince’s NPG Records label two-years-later but departed shortly after releasing hit singles such as Come 2 My House and Don’t Talk 2 Strangers.
On May 19, 2011, she was given the 2,440th Hollywood Walk of Fame star on a section of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Khan went into rehab in July 2016, cancelling all her coming concerts and performances.
Then after two-years, she came back reborn with a new fire and released a new single called ‘Like Sugar’, which she collaborated with Major Lazer. The song was part of her 2019 album Hello Happiness.
Chaka Khan Net Worth
As of 2019, Chaka Khan Net Worth is $30 Million. Chaka Khan Net Worth is earned from her 40-year musical career, releasing 22 albums and earning up to ten seven RIAA certified gold singles, #1 US Billboard magazine charted song and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums.
She has performed in concerts and shows around the world.
Chaka Khan Personal Life
Khan has been married twice, first to Hassan Khan in 1970 when she was only 17. The Union didn’t last as it ended in divorce shortly after.
In 1976, She later married her second husband, Richard Holland. The marriage didn’t work out and went on to cause a rift between Khan and several members of her band Rufus, Andre Fischer in particular.
Her husband Holland wanted her to reduce her sexy stage image, which she refused, leading to him filing for divorce in 1980, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.
Khan is a mother of two, Indira Milani, her daughter, whom she had as a result of her relationship with Rahsaan Morris, and her son Damien Holland which she had with her second husband, Richard. Chaka Khan is a vegan as she adopted the diet in a bid to lose weight and combat high blood pressure and Type-2 diabetes.
Awards and Recognition
Chaka is a 10-time GRAMMY Award-winner and has received 22 Grammy Award nominations in her 4 decades-long career.
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