Chaka Khan Way will be located near Chaka’s old high school. The appeal to have the street named in her honor was led by president of Artworks Chicago Carl McKenzie. He hopes the proximity to the school will lead a new generation to be inspired by Chaka’s extraordinary achievements in music and entertainment, as well as her efforts to use her success to uplift others. “Chaka is an international music icon who has influenced generations of artists, as well as a philanthropist who has worked tirelessly on behalf of women and at-risk children,” he said. “I hope that students will walk by that sign and want to learn more about the person behind that name.”
Chaka has been ordered by her doctor earlier this month to be on extended vocal rest early. She will resume her concert dates in the U.S. and abroad in July, which will include a private engagement in Vienna, Austria (July 4); the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville, TN (July 6); the Dell Music Center, Philadelphia, PA (July 11); the John L. Knight Convention Center, Miami, FL (July 20); the Neighborhood Awards at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV (August 10); Billboard Live in Tokyo, Japan (August 26-29); and Billboard Live in Osaka, Japan (August 31-September 1).
Chaka has a a lot to celebrate especially with this year, 2013, marking the 40th anniversary of Chaka’s career in music and entertainment, as well as her 60th birthday. The celebrate she is looking to release a series of new albums, titled The iKhan Project, which will feature recorded music in eight genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, classical and dance music. For those who are waiting to see her live, plans are underway for the “Chaka Khan I’m Every Woman World Tour,” which will feature other top female artists.