Check out episode thirty-three of Richard’s web series, “In Isolation With…” It’s the talk show where we make a connection without actually making contact! Today, broadcasting directly from Isolation Studios (a.k.a. my home office) we have two guests for you. Later in the show country singer Sacha stops by to talk about her love of Patsy Cline, how her song Cheers celebrates people’s uniqueness and her new EP, The Best Thing.
But first a legend. In a career that spans five decades Chaka Khan has sold an estimated 70 million records, collaborated with everyone from Ry Cooder and Robert Palmer to Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, from Chicago to De la Soul and Mary J. Blige. She’s a musician, singer and songwriter with a shelfful of Grammys. I first saw her, with the band Rufus, on Soul Train singing their mega hit Tell Me Something Good. I became an instant fan and have remained so all these years later.
I had the chance to speak with the music legend via Zoom to talk about her role as the voice of Henrietta the Chicken in the new Disney+ film The One and Only Ivan. Based on the bestselling children’s novel, it’s the story of a gorilla named Ivan who tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella, as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.
Chaka Khan tells me she was attracted to the script because she’s an animal fan and any story that features a menagerie grabs her attention.
We began this conversation talking about how her character changed from the original script.