NJPAC presents Chaka Khan and Leela James on Saturday
(NEWARK, NJ) – The New Jersey Performing Arts Center presents Chaka Khan – the reigning queen of funk, soul and R&B and ten times winner of a GRAMMY® with a special guest Leela James Saturday November 6 at 8 p.m. Chaka Khan will perform all of her hits, including “Feel for You”, “Through the Fire”, “I’m Every Woman”, “Ain’t Nobody” and more.
Chaka Khan is a musical icon loved by millions of fans. Since arriving on the scene in the early 1970s, Chaka Khan – award-winning singer, songwriter and community advocate – has set the standards in almost every musical genre: pop, rhythm & blues rock, disco, fusion, jazz. , rap, hip ho and even classic. His recent triumphant release from Earthsong Records, Classikhan, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, celebrates Chaka’s 30th anniversary as a performer. On the recording, she adds her unique voice to jazz and blues standards, movie themes and Broadway tunes.
Chaka is widely regarded as one of the most exciting performing artists of our time, a reputation dating back to her early years when she became the lead singer of Rufus, one of the first multiracial groups of her time. The group began to make an unmatched impact in the music world with their platinum album, five gold albums, five gold singles, five # 1 hits and two Grammy® Awards. Among the many lasting successes of the group are: “Sweet Thing”, “Tell Me Something Good”, “Everlasting Love“.
Kicking off her solo career with “I’m Every Woman”, Chaka recorded nine albums and was honored with a total of six Grammy® Awards for her solo work. Her classic hits include: “What Cha Gonna Do For Me? “Clouds”, “I feel for you” and “Through the fire”. She has also worked with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Prince, Dizzy Gillespie, Manhattan Transfer, Bobby McFerrin, Lionel Hampton, Eric Clapton, Fourplay, Ry Cooder, Phil Collins, Miles Davis and veteran rapper De La Soul. .
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Additionally, Chaka has recorded 15 movie soundtracks, including multi-platinum “Waiting to Exhale” and Spike Lee’s “Clockers”. She and Michael MacDonald recorded “For Your Love” for the TV show of the same name, she also recorded the theme song for Lavar Burton’s PBS TV show “Reading Room” and was inducted into the family ” Sesame Street “, playing with characters Elmo and Telly.
For more than a decade, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Leela James has remained a constant figure in R&B with a discography of quality soul music that is constantly reminiscent of what it is to be human – to love, regret and dream. With a natural ability to communicate a mixture of emotions with the hoarse and bluesy tone of her voice and has been nicknamed “Baby Etta”, after Etta James, who grew up as a child in Los Angeles. His other musical influences range from soul to funk and jazz, to legends like Chaka Khan and Al Green.
Leela’s successful career began when she burst onto the scene in 2006 with her debut album, “A Change is Gonna Come”. She has since topped the Billboard charts, featured her music on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and appeared in TV One’s “R&B Divas: Los Angeles”. She has collaborated with top producers, toured alongside Maxwell and Ledisi, and secured countless spots on the Billboard charts, including a No.1 spot on the Urban Adult Contemporary charts with the hit single “Don’t Want You Back ”on his part. last album “Did It For Love”. His classic albums were also nominated for Best New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best New R & B / Soul or Rap Artist at the 2008 Soul Train Music Awards.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located at One Center Street in downtown Newark, NJ, is America’s most diverse performing arts center and New Jersey’s arts, culture, education, and civic hub – where great shows and events improve and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings together diverse communities, providing access for all and showcasing the best artists from the state and the world while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its hometown. Through its extensive arts education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and art lovers. The NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including more than 1.7 million children) since its opening in 1997, and maintains meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.