Chi Coltrane (pronounced "shy"; born November 16, 1948) is an American singer and pianist.
Coltrane was born in Racine, Wisconsin. Her mother was Canadian, her father a German violinist, and she grew up with six siblings. When she was twelve, she gave her first piano performance. In 1970, she started the funk and blues band Chicago Coltrane. Two years later, she signed a contract with Columbia Records and her debut album was released. The first single, "Thunder and Lightning", was a hit, reaching No. 17 on the Billboard magazine chart. She enrolled in the Salter School of Music in Los Angeles, and the following year she released her second album, Let It Ride—which in Europe became even more well-known than her first album, but was not successful in the US. This was followed by Greatest Hits and Best Of (both in 1975), and Road to Tomorrow (1977).
Racine is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. Racine is located 22 miles south of Milwaukee. As of the 2010 U.S. census, the city had a population of 78,860, making it the fifth-largest city in Wisconsin. Its median home price of $103,625 makes it one of the most affordable cities in Wisconsin to buy a home. In January 2017, it was rated "the most affordable place to live in the world" by the Demographia International Housing Affordability survey.
Columbia Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. It was founded in 1887, evolving from the American Graphophone Company, the successor to the Volta Graphophone Company. Columbia is the oldest surviving brand name in the recorded sound business, and the second major company to produce records. From 1961 to 1990, Columbia recordings were released outside North America under the name CBS Records to avoid confusion with EMI's Columbia Graphophone Company. Columbia is one of Sony Music's four flagship record labels, alongside former longtime rival RCA Records, as well as Arista Records and Epic Records.
"Thunder and Lightning" is a 1972 song by Chi Coltrane. It was the first release from her eponymous debut album. The song reached number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 15 on Cash Box and number 12 on Record World. It also reached number 18 on the Canadian RPM magazine singles chart.
In 1977, she moved to Europe and lived there for several years. European new wave music influenced the three albums she recorded for Teldec during the 1980s. After The Message (1986), her next album appeared ten years later and was a reissue of her debut album.
Teldec is a German record label in Hamburg, Germany. Today the label is a property of Warner Music Group.
In 2009 Coltrane resumed her music career, releasing a new compilation The Essential Chi Coltrane – Yesterday, Today & Forever. The collection featured material from her 1980s albums Live!, Ready to Roll, and The Message. It also contained three new recordings, including the title track which featured a string arrangement by Paul Buckmaster.
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