NJPAC-Chaka, who started her career in 1972 as the 18-year old lead for the funk band Rufus before venturing out as a solo artist, blessed us with her presence in the Garden State. With Khan, the group immediately began turning out hit after hit, and it was the start of her storybook-music career. Chaka blessed the stage rocking her new red hair-do at NJPAC Thursday night.
Khan has released over 20 albums and landed ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, eight singles certified gold from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and eleven RIAA certified gold and platinum albums.
Khan became the crowd going early with hits like “Do You Like What You Feel”, “ Tell Me Something Good;” with audience adrenaline going –“Love Me Still,” “Sweet Thing” and “My Funny Valentine” softly; “I’m Every Woman” voraciously.
By the time Khan the Disco Diva started with lyrics of “I’m Every Woman” she took in the crowd at the NJPAC dancing up and down the aisle singing word for word with the Diva.
Opening the night was up-and-coming jazz vocalist Emmaline. Critics have praised the singer/songwriter’s ethereal vocals and lyrics combined with elements of vintage jazz harmonies and modern neo-soul grooves to create a soulful vibe.
Emmaline opened for (Chaka Khan) Thursday night at the NJPAC, singing “Urge Overkill”, “That’s No Lie, “Old Soul Love” & “Pick You Up”. Emmaline blessed us with her talents on the violin that night. She’s definitely is an old jazz soul.