After decades of contributing to America’s soundtrack and taking a long hiatus, the Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan is making her musical comeback with her first studio album in 12 years. Khan made the announcement about her new project Hello Happiness on her website earlier this month. It’s the follow up to Khan’s 2007 studio LP Funk This.
“Hello Happiness is an album which sets Chaka Khan’s soulful vocals to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production,” according to the statement on her website. “With an eye on the future and a respect for the past, Chaka Khan has delivered an album with the contemporary edge to entice newcomers to her world class talent and the quality to excite long-term fans.”
The forthcoming album will be released on Diary Records / Island Records, a new label created by Major Lazer founder/producer Switch and artist/songwriter Sarah Ruba.
Last June, the singer released “Like Sugar” as the first single from the upcoming album.
The second single and title track, “Hello Happiness” is a dance-oriented track that takes listeners on a funky journey.
Khan began her professional career in 1973 as the lead singer of the funk band Rufus and their hit song “Tell Me Something Good.” The group scored a GRAMMY for best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for the song.
Rufus, which was later renamed Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and then Rufus & Chaka Khan, continued their successful streak of hits with “Once You Get Started,” “Sweet Thing,” “Do You Love What You Feel,” and “Ain’t Nobody.”
Five years later, she embarked on her solo career. Her self-titled debut album won a GRAMMY for Best Female Vocal Performance. The album featured the number one R&B hit and empowerment anthem, “I’m Every Woman.”
In 1984, with the release of the song “I Feel for You,” penned by Prince, she became the first R&B artist to have a crossover hit featuring a rapper; Grandmaster Melle Mel.
During the 80s and early 90s, Khan was a mainstay on the R&B charts with top 20 hits like “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me,” “Got to Be There,” “It’s My Party,” “Love You All my Lifetime,” and “You Can Make the Story Right.”
She has sold 70 million records during the course of her nearly five-decade career, won 10 GRAMMY Awards, ad has released 22 albums with 10 U.S. number one singles. Some of her collaborators over the years include Prince, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Mary J. Blige.
Hello Happiness will be released Feb. 15 and can be pre-ordered here.