Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953), frequently known as the 'Queen of Funk', is a 10-time Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter who gained fame in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. While still a member of the group in 1978, Khan embarked on a successful solo career. Her signature hits, both with Rufus and as a solo performer, include 'Tell Me Something Good', 'Sweet Thing' which she wrote for her then husband Richard Holland, 'Ain't Nobody', 'I'm Every Woman', 'I Feel for You' and 'Through the Fire'. Khan was born Yvette Marie Stevens in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in Chicago's rough South Side housing projects, Khan is the eldest of five children to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. Her sister Yvonne Stevens later became a successful musician in her own right under the name Taka Boom. Her only brother Mark Stevens, who formed the funk group Aurra, also became a successful musician.
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