Chaka Khan – Through The Fire

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. [Wikipedia]

„Through the Fire“ is a song from Chaka Khan’s 1984 album, I Feel for You. The David Foster-produced track was the third single from the album. It reached #60 in the US and #15 on the R&B charts, and was one of the few Khan hits to cross to the Adult Contemporary chart. The music video was filmed at Los Angeles‘ Union Station.

Foster revealed in his 2011 PBS Concert „The Hit Man Returns“ that this was the only melody that he ever wrote with someone in mind and that the working title of the piece was actually called „Chaka“ because he was very confident that Khan would perform the song.

The song was sampled by Kanye West in „Through the Wire“. Shad, a Canadian rapper, mentions this song and the artist in the song „A Good Name“.

The song was featured in the trailer for the 2008 Tyler Perry film Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. [From Wikipedia]

Nathan Harrell East (born December 8, 1955, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a jazz, R&B and rock bass player and vocalist. East holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California, San Diego (1978). He is a member of smooth jazz quartet Fourplay and has recorded, performed and co-written songs with performers such as Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Toto and Herbie Hancock. [From Wikipedia]

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