Published on June 28th, 2017 | by Landon Buford0
Chaka Khan And El DeBarge Performed At The New Jersey Performing Arts Center
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 New Jersey. With Khan, the group immediately began turning out hit after hit, and it was the start of her storybook-music career. Chaka rocked the stage at NJPAC Friday night.
Khan has released over 2o 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.
El was the focal point and primary lead singer of the family group DeBarge throughout the early to mid-1980s. As a solo artist, he is best known for his unique high tenor register and strong falsetto.
In 1986 with self-titled debut album that featured the number three hit “Who Johnny?”, featured in the movie Short Circuit.
DeBarge opened for (Chaka Khan) Friday night at the NJPAC, opening the concert with “I Like It”, “Love Me In A Special Way” with all the women screaming his name-” All This Love”, “Time Will Reveal” seductively; “Rhythm of the Night” in closing.