Chaka Khan is the latest legend forced to cancel tour dates due to health issues, following Aretha Franklin’s similar announcement made last month.
Chaka Khan Enterprises announced Thursday that the Queen of Funk has canceled four appearances in June under doctor’s orders for extended vocal rest.
Canceled dates include the Capital Jazz Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD (Saturday, June 8); the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (June 9); an appearance with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at Columbus Commons (June 14); and Joni: A Portrait in Song at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada (June 18 and 19).
Khan’s upcoming album The iKhan Project: Alive was scheduled for release on July 2nd, but has been pushed back for release in the fall due to the vocal rest.
“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,” Khan’s manager, Tammy McCrary, said in an official announcement from Chaka Khan Management and Enterprises. “We are looking forward to a great project and a very robust concert and tour schedule this fall.”
Khan addressed her condition on Twitter Thursday as part of her ongoing “100 Days of Chaka” feature on her website.
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) June 6, 2013
She also wrote on her website regarding her show cancellations, “I really hate disappointing the audiences who were looking forward to my shows. Rest assured, I will be back and better than ever!”
Though she’s cancelled performances in June, Khan will still be attending the Apollo Spring Gala in her honor on Monday, June 10, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. The singer will be inducted to Apollo Legends Hall of Fame by Erykah Badu, who will present Khan with the Apollo’s highest honor.