Chaka Khan is an American singer/songwriter whose career spans five decades, beginning in the 1970s as the lead vocalist and focal point of the funk band Rufus. She has won ten Grammy awards and sold over 70 million records worldwide. Born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953 in Chicago, IL,  she was introduced to music by her grandmother, who introduced her to jazz. She later became an R&B fan as a preteen and formed an all female group called the Crystalettes, which included her sister Taka. In 1970, she replaced Baby Huey of Baby Huey & the Babysitters after Baby Huey’s death. The group disbanded a year later. While performing with local bands, Khan was spotted by two members of the band Rufus and became the band’s lead singer. They signed with ABC Records in 1973. Rufus went on to score such hits as “Tell Me Something Good”, “Sweet Thing”, “Once You Get Started”, “Hollywood” and “At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)”, to name a few. In 1978, Khan released her debut solo album “Chaka”, which contained the hit “I’m Every Woman.” She went on to score the hits “Clouds”, “Papillion”, “Through The Fire” and “I Feel For You.” She has released the albums “Chaka” (1978), “Naughty” (1980), “What Cha Gonna Do For Me” (1981), “Chaka Khan” (1982), “Echoes Of An Era” (1982), “I Feel For You” (1984), “Destiny” (1986), “OK” (1988), “The Woman I am” (1992), “Come 2 My House” (1998), “ClassiKhan” (2004) and “Funk This” (2007).