Chaka Khan has some strong opinions on today’s music and she did not hold them back on an appearance on The Steve Harvey Show.
During Khan’s appearance Wednesday, the talk-show host asked the iconic singer what she thinks is missing from today’s music and her answer was straight to the point.
“Talent,” she said. “Sincerity, you know. Then the reason and initiative. ‘Why am I here on this stage?’ You know, really speaking and loving all these people en masse.”
The Grammy winner also opened up about her legendary song “I’m Every Woman,” which was famously re-made by Whitney Houston. She told Harvey that she had no idea the song would become such an anthem for women’s empowerment.
“When I sang the song, I didn’t have life experience … that, of course, I have now” she said. “And I felt a little embarrassed singing the lyric like that. ‘I’m every woman’? That’s a big statement. Now I understand it; I understand what that means. It’s not to be taken so literally as I was taking it.”
Khan also added that her relationship with the late singer and musician Prince had a huge impact on her career, particularly on their collaboration for her hit song “I Feel For You.”
Check out the clip below to hear how Prince impacted her music, her life as a grandmother and her commitment to volunteer and philanthropic work.