Narada Michael Walden, Author: Narada Michael Walden is an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter for artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Tom Jones. He has earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist and in 2012 will release his solo album Thunder. He lives in San Rafael, CA.
Richard Buskin, Co-Author: The New York Times best-selling author of more than 20 works of nonfiction, Richard Buskin’s credits include biographies on Sheryl Crow, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Diana. As a journalist specializing in pop culture, music, film, television, and sociopolitical affairs, his work has appeared in Billboard, Playboy, Spin, the New York Post, and numerous other publications around the world. He lives in Chicago.
Chaka Khan, Contributor: Known as the “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan is a multiple Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter who, in addition to gaining fame as the frontwoman of the funk outfit Rufus, has enjoyed solo success with hits such as “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel For You.”