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
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
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
Diagnosis: Sometimes It Snows In April......
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.
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.....
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
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
Here is exclusive coverage and photos of Prince and The NPG playing at the NPG Music And Arts Festival Saturday, August 6th. These photos are stunning. It is a shame the weather cut this show short because by photos alone, it sure looks like Prince was bringing it.
Just shaking my head as I think of the songs he has been performing lately. "Gold", "What's My Name" "Calhoun Square" "Mutiny" and I could go on. The Icon could do a month of shows without doing the same song twice. We know it.
We have a feeling that day 2 of the NPG Music And Arts Festival is going to be even more amazing with Janelle Monae, Chaka Khan, and Nikka Costa performing before Prince and The NPG take the stage to funk you up yet again. To top it off, the special guest will be Maceo Parker! Seriously, Copenhagen be shakin'. Even in the rain, you guys stayed. It was a downpour and Prince was still bringing it.
It is very rare that Prince takes a bad shot but the shot of Prince getting rained on along with all of these I dig. I think we should petition the first 2 photos to be posters or something. They are that great.
We really hope rain does not play a factor in any of the shows for day 2 of the festival especially during Prince and the NPG's closing set.
We hope you enjoy the exclusive coverage and photos of Prince and The NPG. We don't speak for Prince or the NPG, but I am sure they thank each and every one of you for braving the weather and supporting the Festival.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: I Know He Said Let The Rain Come Down But Come On!
Here are exclusive photos (exclusive til they end up all over Facebook & Twitter) of Chaka Khan performing at the NPG Music And Arts Festival day one, August 6th 2011.
Chaka did a set chockfull of hits wearing something that I guess was quite comfortable. Her voice is what she came for and she still has the pipes. During her set, legendary bass player Larry Graham joined her on stage to sing with her. Larry dressed in a white suit, seemed bassless. Oh baby brother!
The former tour mates performed for a packed and wet crowd. We wonder if Chaka will perform with Larry on day 2 of the festival as Mr. Graham is to perform. We wonder if he will ever come up with some Larry Graham Crackers. I would love some of those. I have a feeling they would be one in a million.
Enjoy the photos of Chaka Khan performing at the NPG Music And Arts Festival.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: I Feel For You & You & You