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12Mar
2012
6

Chaka Khan Wants To Be A Judge On X Factor


Chaka Khan appeared on Fox 11 Los Angeles Friday talking about a charity event she is doing and Chaka put it out there that she would like to be a judge on X Factor with Simon Cowell.

Chaka, looking marvelous, talked about her having the experience to be a judge and said "I can tell people that the post office is hiring" if a music career is not in the cards.

Chaka also talks about  her  event in Culver City, CA "An Intimate Evening With Chaka Khan taking place March 17th.

For more information on this event, click HERE.

In the interview with John Salley and Jillian Reynolds, Chaka also talks about being a Vegan and what the Vegan lifestyle means to her now.  John Salley is just the right man to carry Chaka to the set to start the interview.-DocFB

12Feb
2012
1

Chaka Khan & Jennifer Hudson To Perform Whitney Tribute At Grammy’s

Chaka Khan & Jennifer Hudson. File Photo
Chaka Khan & Jennifer Hudson. File Photo

Chaka Khan & Jennifer Hudson. File Photo

Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson will perform a tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammys this Sunday. Whitney Houston was found dead late Saturday afternoon.

The L.A. Times is only confirming Jennifer Hudson but we can confirm that Chaka Khan has been added as well.

The CEO of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow released this statement on the passing of Whitney Houston;

"Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades,"

"Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs."

"A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice."

Clive Davis's Annual Pre-Grammy party was rumored to have been cancelled but it has not.  Whitney was rumored to be opening the party for her mentor.  Clive Davis attended the party and had a moment of silence for Whitney.

We are looking forward to the Chaka & J. Hud tribute to Whitney.

What do you think of the artists chosen by the Grammys for the Whitney Tribute?-DocFB

27Jan
2012
7

Legendary Composer Clare Fischer Passes Away At 83

Clare Fischer File Photo
Clare Fischer File Photo

Clare Fischer File Photo

Legendary composer Clare Fischer who has worked with Prince, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Tori Amos, Chaka Khan, and Robert Palmer, has died at the age of 83.

His official web site has been updated with his passing.

Clare released his first recording in 1962 and during that time would make arrangements for artists such as Sergio Mendes.  In the 70's, he formed a latin band called "Salsa Picante," and won a Grammy as part of that group in 1981.  That followed with working with The Jacksons, Debarge, and Atlantic Star.

In 1985, Fischer started working with music icon Prince on his "Parade" record.  he also worked on Prince's "Pink Cashmere" "The One" and "Goodbye".  Clair and Prince continued to work together as recently as Prince's "Te Amo Corazon" released on his number 1 album "3121" recorded in 2005.  Prince heard of his writing through Rufus and Chaka Khan whose drummer was Clair's nephew.

Interestingly enough, although Prince and Clare worked with each other for over 30 years, they never met.

"I never met Prince and I was informed by people who had been with him when asked about meeting me that he said "I don't want to meet him."  It's going just fine as it is."

Clare felt the reason that him and Prince worked together for so long is because they hadn't met personally.

We have contacted Prince's people regarding a comment about Clare's passing but have not heard anything back yet.  Prince had this to say about Clare a few years ago for his work on "Parade";

"Special thanks 2 Clare Fischer 4 making brighter the colors of black & white."

Clare Fischer's talent and compositions will be heard for generations to come.  How would Clare wish to be remembered?

"I may die a poor man, but I will have a smile on my face"-Clair Fischer 1991

-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Sometimes It Snows In April......

21Jan
2012
22

Prince & Chaka Khan Get NAACP Nominations

Prince & Chaka Khan. Photo: GettyImages.com
Prince & Chaka Khan. Photo: GettyImages.com

Prince & Chaka Khan. Photo: GettyImages.com

Chaka Khan has been nominated for 4 NAACP nominations and Prince has been nominated for one for the upcoming award show.

Chaka's nominations come for her BET Awards performance, Black Girls Rock show, Oprah Presents: Master Class, and UNCF: An Evening Of Stars Tribute To Chaka Khan.

Prince's nomination comes from The Africa Channel special: "Prince! Behind The Symbol" a 30 minute special that aired on the network last year.  An hour version of the show was also made but has not aired.

Congrats to Chaka and Prince on their nominations.

The show will air on Febuary 17th on NBC.-DocFB

P.s. Thanks to Daryl T. for the news tip.

3Nov
2011
0

Adam Lambert’s X Factor Favorite Brings It

A small Twitter war broke out last week when another blogger attacked X Factor contestant Stacy Francis and Adam Lambert came to her defense.

The attack? That she was too old to make it. Then the blogger heard that she sang with Chaka Khan and with Prince on stage during the 90's.

She performed this week with a better song choice and a much better outfit. Her voice was on point.

What the other blogger does not realize is that she needs a mentor, she needs X Factor, to train her to be better to use her powerful voice at the right time.

She has come a long way and last night's performance shows that.  She has never made it as far as this show is taking her.  Go on Stacy, do your thing.-DocFB

Diagnosis:  We Are Sure Adam Loved It.....

15Sep
2011
1

Chaka Khan Gains Temporary Custody Of Granddaughter

Chaka Khan 2011
Chaka Khan 2011

Chaka Khan 2011

Chaka Khan has won temporary custody of her 10-year-old granddaughter because the girls parents are drug addicts.

Chaka says she has already assumed day-to-day control of the child and filed for custody last week.  What is interesting is that the mother who is the drug addict is in the same house as Chaka and the granddaughter.

Chaka's sister Tammy McCrary also has custody of the granddaughter.  There will be a court date in October to make it permanent.  Good luck Chaka.  What you are doing is hard and we are behind you.-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Ain't Nobody

22Aug
2011
6

Soul Legend Nick Ashford Of Ashford & Simpson Fame Dead At 69

Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson File Photo
Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson File Photo

Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson File Photo

Soul legend Nick Ashford, who wrote the songs "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough, has died.  He was 69 years old.  Nick had been suffering from throat cancer for a while.

Ashford teamed with his wife, Valerie Simpson, to become the duo Ashford & Simpson and recorded "Solid" a huge soul hit back in the 80's.  They formed in the 60s' but did not have break out success until the late 70's.  Nick & Valerie also wrote "Let's Get Stoned" for Ray Charles back in the 1960's and Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" a soul anthem, back in the 70's as well.

Nick stood tall in life and when he was fighting throat cancer.  His career in soul music and as a songwriter will always be "Solid" even in death.

Our condolences go to Valerie Simpson and Ashford's family at this time.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  A Bigger Impact On Soul Music Than People Knew