The legendary Chaka Khan joined Audacy’s Frankie Ross as the two swapped stories about Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Ike Turner and others, as well as her Labor Day Weekend Show in Las Vegas.
Khan herself is one of music’s iconic artists, which means she’s had the opportunity to perform alongside other legends. She went in depth with Ross about the time early in her career when she worked and toured with Ike Turner. “I went through a lot of stages in my career. I was not in a very good place when I met Ike,” Khan said.
“We connected after Rufus released our second album. We covered one of his songs first, ‘Maybe Your Baby,’” Khan says. “I covered that and that interested him. He wanted to meet me and we met and then we decided we’d go on the road together. He wanted to take us on the road with him.”
They went on the road for two years together as Khan said her label had to call them and essentially halted their time to make them return to the studio in order to record a new album.
Khan also opened up about what Turner was like outside of music. “Ike is very intellectual, he was a very smart man,” she said. “I did enjoy having conversations with him. We had long, long, long, long, long conversations.”
“I would go to the studio and it didn’t have any windows. We didn’t know if it was day or night or what and we would talk forever. He was a very smart man and I’m always on the lookout for intelligence and something, some knowledge.”
You can watch the full interview with Chaka Khan above.