I Feel For You (Remastered) Chaka Khan
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- 1This Is My Night04:40
- 2Stronger Than Before04:20
- 3My Love Is Alive04:42
- 4Eye To Eye04:39
- 5La Flamme04:27
- 6I Feel For You05:45
- 7Hold Her05:15
- 8Through The Fire04:46
- 9Caught In The Act03:47
Info for I Feel For You (Remastered)
31 years ago today, Chaka Khan released her fifth album, an effort which features a title track that’s become one of her signature tunes and remains the most successful studio album in her back catalog.
Although it’s neither her highest-charting R&B album nor her highest-charting pop album, all eyes – and, yes, ears – were on I Feel for You when it was first released. This had little to do with Chaka herself and everything to do with the fact that its title track was written by Prince, featured an introductory rap by Grandmaster Melle Mel, and had a harmonica solo from Stevie Wonder. It’s no wonder, then, that the song topped the R&B and dance charts, made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and ascended to the top spot on the UK Singles chart. Its success was out of this world, ultimately earning the 1985 Grammy for Best R&B Song, but here’s more to I Feel for You than just its title track: Khan also found success with the album’s subsequent singles, “This is My Night” and “Through the Fire.”
It’s also kind of fascinating to see just how many familiar names are listed in the credits for the album: Steve Ferrone, Steve Lukather, Robbie Buchanan, Michael Sembello, Hamish Stewart, Steve Porcaro, James Newton Howard, David Foster…the list goes on and on. And did we mention that a good chunk of the album is produced by Arif Mardin? There aren’t many better marks of pop quality than Mardin’s name.
„When Chaka Khan recorded her fifth solo album, I Feel for You, in 1984, she knew that R&B had changed a lot since the 1970s. Horn-powered funk bands, strings-laden Philadelphia soul, and orchestral disco were out of vogue, and the urban contemporary audiences of 1984 were into a more high-tech, heavily electronic style of R&B. Many artists who had been huge in the 1970s found that they no longer appealed to black radio programmers, who had abandoned them and turned their attention to electro-funksters and Prince disciples. But Chaka Khan had no problem keeping up with the times; I Feel for You made it clear that she could easily be relevant to the urban contemporary scene of 1984. No one would mistake I Feel for You for a Rufus project from 1975 -- it's way too high-tech -- and yet, everything on the album is unmistakably Chaka Khan. That is true of up-tempo items like "Love Is Alive" (an interesting remake of Gary Wright's 1976 hit) and "La Flamme," as well as the ballad "Through the Fire," which was a big hit on urban radio but crossed over to adult contemporary stations in a major way. "This Is My Night" (which was written and produced by the System) also became an urban radio hit, but the album is best known for Khan's unlikely remake of Prince's "I Feel for You." When Prince first recorded "I Feel for You" in 1979, it wasn't a hit; Khan's version, however, soared to number one on Billboard's R&B singles chart. Khan had a very different take on the song than Prince; while his original version was subtle and restrained, Khan went for exuberance and added a strong hip-hop flavor. Excellent from start to finish, this album went down in history as both a creative and a commercial success.“ (Alex Henderson, AMG)
Chaka Khan, lead vocals, backing vocals
David Frank, keyboards, synthesizer, programming
David Foster, keyboards, synthesizer (track 8)
James Newton Howard, keyboards (track 7)
Danny Sembello, keyboards, synthesizer (track 4)
Don Freeman, keyboards, synthesizer (track 4)
Rob Mounsey, Synclavier (track 4)
Robbie Buchanan, keyboards, synthesizer, programming (tracks 2, 6)
Craig Siegel, Fairlight programming (track 2)
John Robie, keyboards, synthesizer, programming (track 3)
Stevie Wonder, chromatic harmonica (track 6)
Grandmaster Melle Mel, vocals (track 6)
Steve Lukather, guitar (track 7)
Dan Huff, guitar (track 2)
Tony Maiden, rhythm guitar (track 4)
Reggie Griffin, guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, programming (track 6)
Michael Sembello, guitar solo, backing vocals (track 4)
Michael Landau, guitar (track 8)
Vadim Zilberstein, guitar (track 9)
Nathan East, bass (tracks 2, 8)
Hawk, bass, keyboards (track 7)
Steve Ferrone, drums (tracks 1, 4)
J.R. Robinson, drums (tracks 2, 7, 8)
Joe Mardin, drums (track 9)
Mic Murphy, backing vocals (track 1)
Hamish Stuart, backing vocals (track 5)
Mark Stevens, backing vocals (track 5)
Cruz Sembello, backing vocals (track 4)
Produced by Arif Mardin, David Foster
is a true Renaissance Woman. A singer, songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother, Chaka is an international music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists and continues to do so. From the moment she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-old lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence set her apart from any other singer, and during her 40-year career, she has developed a vast international fan base and performed on six continents.
Chaka is a ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner (with 22 GRAMMY® nominations) who has the rare ability to sing in eight music genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, classical and dance music. She has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, eight RIAA certified gold singles and eleven RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. Chaka’s recorded music has produced over 2,000 catalogue song placements.
She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her extraordinary achievements in music and entertainment. Last year, the City of Chicago honored her with a Street Naming of “Chaka Khan Way” and declared Sunday, July 28, 2013, “Chaka Khan Day” in Chicago, her hometown. The weekend-long celebration included a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park. Earlier in the year she was awarded a BET Honors and was the recipient of the Trumpet Award (Legend Award); honored by the Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc., at its 2nd Annual Gala and Benefit Concert; inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at its Annual Spring Gala; inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame; honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and with the United Negro College Fund’s An Evening of Stars Tribute. She also received the Soul Train Legend Award (2009), the BET Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), the GRAMMY® Honors Award from the NARAS Chicago Chapter (2006) and the World Music Lifetime Achievement Award (2003). In 2004, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA.
In 1999, she established the Chaka Khan Foundation, which includes a variety of programs and initiatives that assist women and children at risk. In July, 2012, she received the McDonald Corporation’s 365Black Award, honoring her for her leadership of the Chaka Khan Foundation. Besides being a successful musician and a devoted philanthropist, she is also a successful entrepreneur. In 2004, she launched a line of gourmet chocolates, Chakalates, which was sold in 20 Neiman Marcus stores around the country. In February 2013, she re-launched her signature brand of chocolates nationally and internationally, and also introduced the Khana Sutra candle, the first product in a fragrance line for men, women and the home.
Chaka Khan was born Yvette Stevens in 1953. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of five siblings. As teenagers, she and her sister Bonnie formed a singing group, The Crystalettes, with two friends from school, and Chaka later sang with several local groups before she became the lead singer for the band Ask Rufus, which would become Rufus. With Chaka the group immediately began turning out hit after hit, and it was the beginning of a legendary music career.
Living for a time in London and Germany, she currently resides in Los Angeles. She has two children, Indira Milini and Damien. Her life and career are chronicled in her autobiography, Through the Fire, which was published by Rodale Books in 2003 and is currently being updated for re-release and adapted into a screenplay.
The year 2013-2014 marks Chaka’s 40th anniversary in music and entertainment. In March, a documentary series on her, “Being,” premiered on the Centric Channel. In May she performed in the UK at the 50th Southport Weekender event and three sold-out shows at London's famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz club with Incognito as her backing band. This past June found her at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, featured in a Super Jam with The Derek Trucks Band, Anthony Hamilton, Taj Mahal, Ben Folds, and Susan Tedeschi, and over the summer she also headlined opening night at the Toronto Jazz Festival, performed on The Wendy Williams Show and at Wendy’s private birthday party, and was named Grand Marshal for Chicago's Bud Billiken Parade, the largest and oldest African American parade. While in Chicago she performed at a benefit concert in Chicago for the Red Pump Project, which raises HIV/AIDS awareness among young girls and women. While in the city Governor Pat Quinn designated August 9th as Chaka Khan Day in the state of Illinois. The year-long celebration will include the release of her first songbook for piano, vocal and guitar, The Chaka Khan Songbook. Chaka is currently at work on a series of mixed media visual works with a planned gallery exhibition in 2015, as well as a new CD, also set for release in 2015.
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