If ever there were a singer who most perfectly captures the interior lives of people, it’s Chaka Khan. “Rhythm” and “blues” are deceptively simple words but think about it: Everyone has their own individual rhythm, and everyone has their own definition of what it means to feel the blues. It’s easy to forget that these are concepts with their own power and grandeur — and yet Chaka Khan knows that these are concepts that still hold power within. Through her work with Rufus — most notably on the Breakin’ soundtrack with the beautifully poignant and knowing love song “Ain’t Nobody” — and as a solo artist, with songs like “Through the Fire,” which vibrates and burns with faith and belief in love itself, Chaka Khan understands the majesty and the deep beauty of your inner life. Just listen. You’ll see.
Chaka Khan plays with Michael McDonald at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at the Hollywood Bowl.