Chaka Khan

About Fate

"Fate" is a song by Chaka Khan from her 1981 album What Cha' Gonna Do for Me. Despite not being released as a single, "Fate" is often included on disco, post-disco and other compilations such as The Very Best of 100 R&B Classics & 100 Hits Disco. It was also remixed on Chaka Khan's remix album Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project under the title "Fate (David Shaw & Winston Jones Remix)", this version of the song was 5:38, over 2 minutes longer than the original. The instrumental intro to "Fate" has been sampled in many different occasions, notably by Stardust in 1998 for their song "Music Sounds Better with You", which reached no. 2 on the UK and no. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. This song was also sampled in 2015 by Statik Selektah for his song "Beautiful Life", featuring Action Bronson and Joey Bada$$. 


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When you walked into my lonely life tonight
I saw my destiny, I saw eternity tonight
And the moment I held you I knew it
What we do is decided before we do it

Fate, this could only be
Fate, I never thought I'd believe in
Fate, now I understand
It's part of the plan
I was meant to be your woman

Time stood still, and we lost on words to say
And though the people stared, they seemed a million miles away
Oh we knew it was love we were feeling
We were destined to give it a whole new meaning


In my heart I feel I've loved you all my life
I was in the dark, but now I think I've seen the light
I rang like a bell with your laughter
Something tells me I'll love you forever and ever

Fate (this could only be)
It was fate (this could only be)
It's part of the plan
I was meant to be your woman
(It's part of the plan)
I'll love you forever and ever

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Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953), frequently known as the "Queen of Funk-Soul", is a 10-time Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter who gained fame in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. more »

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10 facts about this song

Release Details
"Fate" is a song by American singer Chaka Khan from her solo debut 1982 album "Chaka Khan".
Production Team
The song was produced by Arif Mardin, renowned Turkish-American music producer at Atlantic Records.
Soundtrack Appearance
The upbeat disco track was prominently featured in the successful 1982 British romantic comedy-drama film "An Officer and a Gentleman".
The song was written by Danny Sembello and Michael Sembello, the latter being well-known for his hit "Maniac" from the film "Flashdance".
Sampled Song
"Fate" has been sampled in several other songs by various artists, most notably in 1995’s hit "Turn on, Tune in, Cop out" by British band Freak Power, which was used in the Levi's jeans "Planet" ad.
The song features a cutting-edge, futuristic sound characteristic of the disco music era, with Chaka Khan’s powerful vocals standing out.
While not released as a single, the track has been celebrated for its impressive vocal performance and vibrant rhythm, making it a beloved classic among Chaka Khan’s fans.
Complete Album Success
The whole album "Chaka Khan" which includes the song "Fate" peaked at number 5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart in 1982.
Soundtrack Success
"An Officer and a Gentleman" soundtrack, featuring "Fate" was a major commercial success, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.
International Fame
While Chaka Khan was already popular in the United States by the early 1980s with her band Rufus, the inclusion of "Fate" in "An Officer and a Gentleman" helped to introduce her music to a global audience.

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