Tuesday, September 25, 2007
CHAKA KHAN – FUNK THIS
Celebrating over three decades of milestones, CHAKA KHAN's first new studio album of new material in over 10 years, FUNK THIS, is available in stores and online today. FUNK THIS produced by the Grammy Award winners Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis embodies the funky soul of her musical roots with Rufus and her signature passionately-honest vocal styles that make Chaka Khan timeless. The thoughtful work ranges from original copyrights, collaborations with superstar artists, to adding her signature stamp on important contemporary classics.
The collection includes fresh renditions of Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times"; a duet with Michael McDonald on "You Belong To Me," a song he co-wrote with Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell's "Ladies' Man," Jimi Hendrix's "Castle Made Of Sand," the soul classic "Foolish Fool" and Rufus medley of "Pack'd My Bags," and "You Got The Love."
FUNK THIS original's include "Disrespectful," the tour-de-force duet with powerhouse Mary J. Blige, a poignant poetic ballad, urban radio hit "Angel," the acoustic "One For All Time" penned by Chaka and Terry Lewis, the deeply beautiful and soulful "Will You Love Me?" and self affirming
"Super Life" among others.
"The album may remind people of my early Rufus albums because I'm in a similar 'soul space.' I've been on a little journey in the last few years, finding Yvette again." (Referring to her birth name) "I went through a period of being insecure. I'm walking a different path now. I've changed. This album is different from any other album I've recorded because it reflects what I'm about, who I am now. The album is called, 'Funk This!' because it's funky!" The thoughtful work ranges from original copyrights, collaborations with superstar artists, to adding her signature stamp on important contemporary classics.
The first single "Angel" just entered the Top 10 on the Billboard Urban AC radio chart making this her first top 10 R&B radio hit in over 10 years. Beginning on September 30th Chaka will embark on a 20 date tour to promote her new album.
1. Back In The Day
2. Foolish Fool
3. One For All Time
5. Will You Love Me?
6. Castles Made Of Sand
7. Disrespectful (Featuring Mary J. Blige)
8. Sign 'O' The Times
9. Pack'd My Bags/You Got The Love (Featuring Tony Maiden)
10. Ladies' Man
11. You Belong To Me (Featuring Michael McDonald)
12. Hail To The Wrong
13. Super Life
Chaka Khan Tour Dates Include - more to come:
September 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 6 - Mobile, AL @ Bayfest
October 12 - Atlantic City @ Borgata
October 14 - Westbury, NY @ North Fork Theatre
November 1 - Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson
November 2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
November 10 - Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza Theatre
November 11 - Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
November 30 - Cayman Islands @ Cayman Music Festival
Tune in to see Chaka Khan perform the hit single "Angel" on The Today Show (9/26), Letterman (9/26), Martha Stewart Show (9/28), Jimmy Kimmel (10/4).
Eight-time Grammy Award winner singer, songwriter and community advocate - Chaka Khan has been active in lending her support to the community for many years. The Chaka Khan Foundation, founded in 1999, raised over $1.4 million through its funding raising efforts last year alone. The Foundation assists women and children at risk and benefits Autism research, awareness and therapy. For more information, please go to chakakhanfoundation.org.