The Queen of Funk Chaka Khan has announced her new album Hello Happiness. The set will be released on February 15 2019. Hello Happiness is an album which sets Chaka Khan’s timeless vocal to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production. With an eye on the future and a respect for the past, Chaka Khan has delivered an album with the contemporary edge to entice newcomers to her world class talent and the quality to excite long-term fans.
That’s exactly what the title track and new single “Hello Happiness” achieves. A tribute to the life-affirming power of music, it combines the sass of “I’m Every Woman” with the invention of “I Feel For You” You can watch the music video below.
The official video is directed by the award-winning Sam Pilling (The Weeknd, Run The Jewels, Major Lazer). It depicts a series of characters whose true intentions are revealed as their individual stories gradually merge into a plot in which they’re all interconnected. Filmed in Los Angeles, its grainy, washed out palette recalls some of the classic ‘70s movies.
The strength of the single hints at the quality of the rest of the album. The soaring “Like A Lady” feels like Switch has been teleported back to the great late ‘70s New York disco scene, while Chaka rolls back the years with one of the most powerful performances of her career. That’s something she also demonstrates with the swaggering strut of the sultry R&B anthem “Too Hot”. “Isn’t That Enough” and particularly “Don’t Cha Know” find her embracing bold new elements to her sound, while the laidback, minimalist groove of “Ladylike” gives her the space to prove that her vocal has clearly grown in stature over the years.