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Chaka Khan cancels four shows on doctor’s orders for vocal rest
Chicago native Chaka Khan has canceled four June concert dates after her doctor ordered a period of vocal rest. The canceled dates are a show at the Capital Jazz Festival in Columbia, Md., Saturday; Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, Sunday; a concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, Ohio on June 14, and an appearance in “Joni: A Portrait in Song at Massey Hall in Toronto, June 18-19.
Despite the cancellations, Khan, 60, plans to attend the 8th annual Apollo Spring Gala on Monday at the Apollo Theater in New York City, at which she will be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. R&B artist Erykah Badu will present Khan, who marks her 40th anniversary in entertainment this year, with the Apollo’s highest honor. The program will include tribute performances by R&B/soul artists Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox.
Khan’s upcoming album, “The iKhan Project: Alive,” originally set for a July 2 release, has been pushed to this fall. “Due to her doctor’s orders, it’s best that we move the date to give her the proper and adequate time to promote and market the new album,” said Tammy McCrary of Chaka Khan Management and Enterprises in a statement.
On her site, <u>chakakhan.com</u>, she said, “Guess I won’t be doing this for a little while. I really hate disappointing the audiences who were looking forward to my shows. Rest assured, I will be back and better than ever!”