A Tribute to Chaka Khan & Stevie Wonder by Holly Petrie
Weaving together the tracks of Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan, Holly Petrie takes us on a journey through popular music history telling a story of the evolution of R&B, funk and soul.
Always seeking to challenge herself and bring a new dimension to some of the industry greats, Petrie has put together some of the most vocally challenging and well-known tracks from these two multi-genre legends. Through them, she hopes to illustrate to the audience how widespread these two artistes’ influence has been in the music industry.
Despite seemingly disparate careers, Wonder and Khan have a surprising number of links, performing, writing on or paying tribute to many of each other’s tracks over the years. This performance includes two great examples of this collaboration, with Petrie and her band taking on Khan’s ultimate funk song ‘Tell Me Something Good’ which was written by Wonder, and her 1984 cover of Prince’s ‘I Feel for You’, during which Wonder joined in to play the harmonica. We will also see Wonder’s homage to his influences in his 1971 cover of ‘We Can Work It Out’ by The Beatles, which earned him his 5th Grammy nomination. Again, Khan then chose to cover and release this track a decade later, creating yet another thread between her and Wonder.
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