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Chaka Khan Biography

Chaka Khan

Facts of Chaka Khan

Date of Birth: 1953 , March-23
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 4 Inch

Quick Timeline of Chaka Khan

1953 Born in Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
1964 Formed a girl group, the Crystalettes
1967 Joined Black Panther Party
1972 Joined new group called Rufus
1973 Released their debut album, Rufus
1970 Married to Hassan Khan
1973 First child, Milini Khan
1976 Married to Richard Holland
1979 Second child, Damien Holland
2001 Married to Doug Rasheed
1978 Released her debut solo album, Chaka
1980 Released her second album, Naughty
2008 Won Grammy Awards
2011 Was honored as Star on the Walk of Fame
2006 Won BET Awards

Detail Timeline of Chaka Khan

March 23 , 1953

Born in Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois

Chaka was born as Yvette Marie Stevens on the laps of Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. She was born in middle class family in Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois of United States of America. She is an American and is black.

1964

Formed a girl group, the Crystalettes

Chaka began her interest in music after her grandmother introduced her to jazz. When she was 11, she formed a girl group, the Crystalettes with her sister Taka. In her early teens, she was attracted towards rhythm and blues music.

1967

Joined Black Panther Party

In 1967, she joined Black Panther Party but she left them in 1969 and she began singing with the small groups somewhere in Chicago. She received her formal education from Calumet High School and Kenwood High School but she also quit her high school study in 1969.

1972

Joined new group called Rufus

She also performed with the local band in the early 1970s and then she joined new group called Rufus in 1972. In the 1970, she was asked to join Baby Huey & the Babysitters but this band was disbanded in 1971. 

July 18 , 1973

Released their debut album, Rufus

After signing a recording contract with ABC Records in 1973, they began recording their debut album. They also released their eponymous debut album on 18th of July 1973 and it was released under the title, Rufus. 

1970

Married to Hassan Khan

In the late 1960s, Chaka began her romantic love affairs with Hassan Khan. She dated him as her boyfriend however; she had on and off relation with him several times. Finally in 1970, she got married to him. They got divorced in 1971.

1973

First child, Milini Khan

Few months later after she got divorced with her first husband, she was seen with Rahsaan Morris. She also became pregnant for the first time in her life with him and she finally gave birth to her first child, Milini Khan in 1973.

August 14 , 1976

Married to Richard Holland

On 14th of August 1976, Chaka got married to Richard Holland. Richard is a production designer and an art director. They also welcomed their first child together in 1979 and they got divorced in 1980. The actual reason why they got divorced is unknown.

1979

Second child, Damien Holland

She became mother for the second time in her life in 1979. She and her second husband, Richard Holland welcomed their only child that year and that time it was a son and they named him Damien Holland. 

2001

Married to Doug Rasheed

In the mid 1980s, Chaka was reported to be dating Chicago-area schoolteacher. This love life didn't last that long and then she moved to Europe. In 2001, she got married for the third time in her life and that was with Doug Rasheed.

October 12 , 1978

Released her debut solo album, Chaka

She is popular in the world for being the frontwoman of the funk band Rufus. She had a successful career being a member of this musical group. In 1978, she signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records and she finally released her debut solo album, Chaka on 12th of October 1978.

March 26 , 1980

Released her second album, Naughty

After gaining several positive feedbacks for her solo debut album, she was motivated to work on her second solo album. From 1979, she began working on her second solo album and she finally released her second solo album under the name, Naughty in March 1980.

2008

Won Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the music world and it’s an honor if someone wins this award. She has also been honored with this award once and that was in 2008 for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

2011

Was honored as Star on the Walk of Fame

She has been active in singing since she was in her early teens. She has also released several albums on her won and she has also released them as a part of several musical bands. For her continuous contribution in the musical world she was honored with Star on the Walk of Fame in 2011.

2006

Won BET Awards

Till now, she has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and she has also won several of them. In 2006, she got her one and only nomination in BET Awards and she was also honored with this award that year for Lifetime Achievement Award.

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In the late 1960s, Chaka began her romantic love affairs with Hassan Khan. She dated him as her boyfriend however; she had on and off relation with him several times. Finally in 1970, she got married to him. They got divorced in 1971.                   

Few months later, she was seen with Rahsaan Morris. She also became pregnant for the first time in her life with him and she finally gave birth to her first child, Milini Khan in 1973.

On 14th of August 1976, Chaka got married to Richard Holland. Richard is a production designer and an art director. They also welcomed their first child together in 1979 and they got divorced in 1980.

In the mid 1980s, Chaka was reported to be dating Chicago-area schoolteacher. This love life didn't last that long and then she moved to Europe. In 2001, she got married for the third time in her life and that was with Doug Rasheed.

Chaka began her interest in music after her grandmother introduced her to jazz. When she was 11, she formed a girl group, the Crystalettes with her sister Taka. She later joined Black Panther Party but she left them in 1969 and she began singing with the small groups somewhere in Chicago. She also performed with the local band in the early 1970s and then she joined new group called Rufus in 1972. After signing a recording contract with ABC Records in 1973, they began recording their debut album. They also released their eponymous debut album in 1973. In 1978, she signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records and she finally released her debut solo album, Chaka on 12th of October 1978. Her net worth is believed to be around $30 million.