Through the Fire (song)

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"Through the Fire"
Through the Fire by Chaka Khan.jpg
Single by Chaka Khan
from the album I Feel for You
ReleasedApril 1985 (U.S.) [1]
Genre R&B
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) David Foster
Chaka Khan singles chronology
"This Is My Night"
"Through the Fire"
"Eye to Eye"
Music video
"Through the Fire" on YouTube

"Through the Fire" is a song recorded by Chaka Khan from her sixth studio album, I Feel for You (1984). The David Foster-produced track was the third single from the album and reached number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. [2] It was one of the few Khan hits to cross to the Adult Contemporary chart. The music video was filmed at Los Angeles' Union Station.


Foster revealed in his 2011 PBS concert The Hit Man Returns that this was the only melody that he ever wrote with someone in mind and that the working title of the piece was actually called "Chaka" because he was very confident that Khan would perform the song. [3]

The song was sampled by Kanye West on "Through the Wire", [4] the breakout single from his 2004 debut album, The College Dropout .

Gospel artist Donald Lawrence included a cover of the song, performed by Tobbi White-Darks and Tommi White, on his album YRM (Your Righteous Mind) (2011). [5]

Chart history

Chart (1985)Peak
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart)77
US Billboard Hot 100 60
US Billboard Adult Contemporary [6] 16
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 15

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