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Rufus - 100% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Chicago-based group evolved from the American Breed when three original members, Al Ciner (guitar), Charles Colbert (bass) and Lee Graziano (drums), were joined by Kevin Murphy (keyboards), Paulette McWilliams (vocals), Ron Stockard and Dennis Belfield. Initially known as Smoke, then Ask Rufus, it was several months before a stable unit evolved. Graziano made way for Andre Read more

Anita Baker - 75% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 January 1958, Toledo, Ohio, USA. The granddaughter of a minister, Baker had a religious upbringing that included church music and gospel singing. After vocal duties with local bands she joined the semi-professional Chapter 8 in 1979 and was the vocalist on their minor US chart hit, ‘I Just Wanna Be Your Girl’, the following year. Several years later she left the Read more

Patti LaBelle - 75% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Christian & Gospel Dance Disco Funk Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Patricia Louise Holt, 24 May 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The lead singer of LaBelle began her solo career in 1976 when her former group, who had originally begun recording in the early 60s as the Blue Belles, disbanded. Although her first releases showed promise, she was unable to regain the profile enjoyed by LaBelle and at the beginning of the 80s, Patti agreed Read more

Patrice Rushen - 74% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Disco Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 September 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA. Rushen grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California. She started learning classical piano when she was three, and turned to jazz in her teens. A group with which she was playing won an award for young musicians at Monterey in 1972. She played with a host of artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Donald Read more

Patti Austin - 68% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 August 1948, New York City, New York, USA. Austin first sang on stage at the age of three at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City during Dinah Washington’s set. As a child performer, she appeared on television, including Sammy Davis Jnr.’s programme, and in the theatre. Her stage work included Lost In The Stars and Finian’s Rainbow. At the age of nine Read more

Phyllis Hyman - 64% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Disco Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 July 1949, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 30 June 1995, New York, USA. A singer, actress and fashion model, Hyman was one of several acts nurtured by vocalist Norman Connors in the mid-70s. Hyman began singing professionally in 1971, appearing with R&B bands such as New Direction and All The People. Relocating to New York, she worked as a legal secretary during the Read more

Stephanie Mills - 64% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 March 1957, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Mills found early fame at the age of nine, winning an influential talent show at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theatre for six weeks running. Soon afterwards, she appeared on Broadway in the play Maggie Flynn. She toured with the Isley Brothers, and in 1973, recorded her debut, Movin’ In The Right Direction, for the Paramount label. Read more

Teena Marie - 63% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mary Christine Brockert, 5 March 1957, Santa Monica, California, USA. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Teena Marie is rightly fêted as one of the few white artists to sustain a consistent career in the US soul market. Spotted by Motown Records’ Berry Gordy in the 70s, he linked her up with funk star and labelmate Rick James, and h Read more

Cherrelle - 59% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cheryl Norton, 13 December 1958, Los Angeles, California, USA. This cousin of soul singer Pebbles is an accomplished drummer as well as a vocalist. She was discovered by her neighbour Michael Henderson, with whom she toured widely and appeared on his In The Night Time (1978). Five years later she made her solo debut with Fragile for Tabu, featuring the production team of Jim Read more

Karyn White - 59% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Country & Bluegrass R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Cheryl Lynn - 57% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cheryl Lynn Smith, 11 March 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA. The full-throated Lynn became a hit-maker at the height of disco’s popularity, singing dance tunes that retained the gospel vocal approach of classic soul. Lynn grew up in the church where her mother was a minister of music. Her break into the music business came in 1976 after she won as a contestant on the Read more

Luther Vandross - 54% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Luther Ronzoni Vandross, 20 April 1951, New York City, New York, USA, d. 1 July 2005, Edison, New Jersey, USA. Born into a family immersed in gospel and soul singing, Vandross had already formed his own group while still at school and later worked with the musical theatre workshop, Listen My Brother. This enabled him to perform at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. After a brief Read more

Diana Ross - 53% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 March 1944, Detroit, Michigan, USA. While still in high school Ross became the fourth and final member of the Primettes, who recorded for Lu-Pine in 1960, signed to Motown Records in 1961 and then changed their name to the Supremes. She was a backing vocalist on the group’s early releases, until Motown boss Berry Gordy insisted that she become their lead singer, a r Read more

Deniece Williams - 52% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Deniece Chandler, 3 June 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA. Williams is a gospel/soul singer whose successes span the 70s and 80s. As a child she sang in a gospel choir and made her first recordings in the late 60s for the Chicago-based Toddlin’ Town label. After training as a nurse, she was hired by Stevie Wonder to join his Wonderlove vocal backing group. She contributed to fo Read more

Angela Bofill - 51% match to Chaka Khan

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1954, West Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, Bofill began writing songs at the age of 12. She formed her first group while still at high school, the Puerto Rican Supremes, who performed in church and at local school dances. Her father, a Latin music singer, had once sung with Cuban band leader Machito. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, she toured with R Read more


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