This song is so dope! She killed it. This is my new favorite.
If we didn’t know who Chaka Khan was and we didn’t know her illustrious history, and this song was the first time we heard her, she would be an instant star- all over again.
Chaka Khan discusses auditioning for Ike Turner, giving birth to her first child, and meeting Rufus.
“Maya Angelou’s, ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. That was the first book by a Black woman I ever read, and I remember loving it. I remember it making me feel spiritually lighter and heavier all at the same time. I could definitely get with the metaphor. I didn’t process my feelings at the time, but looking back, I now know what it did for me: It held out hope while it told truth. Tough, rough, heavy times will be, but so too the overcoming. ‘Caged Bird’ would stay with me over the years and I still think it’s beautiful.” -From, “Chaka: Through The Fire” By: Chaka Khan
Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Etta James & B.B. King, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business.” Los Angeles, April 15th 1987.