Although primarily classified as an R&B singer, Chaka Khan's music has spanned multiple genres including funk, jazz, pop and adult contemporary.
Chaka Khan's music career first began to take off when she helped form the funk group Rufus. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1973, helped make the group one of the premier funk groups of the seventies, due in large part to Khan's dynamic vocals. The group quickly rose to the top of both the pop and R&B charts with the 1974 hit "Tell Me Something Good."
In 1978, Chaka Khan began developing her solo career, launching it with her hit single "I'm Every Woman" off her debut album, Chaka.