Chi Coltrane

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Chi Coltrane
Coltrane on TopPop in 1974
Coltrane on TopPop in 1974
Background information
  • Songwriter
  • pianist
  • singer
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active1972–present
Coltrane in 2009

Chi Coltrane (born November 6, 1948) is an American Rock singer, songwriter and pianist.


Chi Coltrane began as a performer in Chicago. She made her overseas debut when she starred as guest star of the USA at the International Rock Festival for 50,000 people in Rio de Janeiro. She returned to the U.S. where Clive Davis signed her to CBS/SONY. Her first hit was in the U.S.: “Thunder and Lightning”; hitting #1 in NYC and various cities across the United States; and reaching #12 nationwide. Coltrane had various other Top 5 hits in Germany, hitting #1 in the Netherlands and holding that position for a month with the original “Go Like Elijah.”

Coltrane made many guest appearances on numerous American Network TV specials, including NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

Coltrane headlined with The Who, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart. During the 70’s and 80’s in America, Chi was dubbed “The First Lady of Rock”; and in Europe, she was given the title “Queen of Rock”; where she was also voted “Top Female Artist” for two consecutive years, and held the #1 position in the “Music Express Popularity” poll. Chi’s lifetime work has garnered many awards and accolades, both in America and abroad, including the European Gold Hammer and Silver Hammer for top Female artist. In 1999 Chi was honored in Los Angeles for her achievements in the field of music as well as for her contribution to peace; she was asked to speak and perform at the Berlin Peace University, because of her “contribution to peace in the world”.

Coltrane was listed in the European “100 Best Musicians of the CENTURY” list.  Rolling Stone magazine described Coltrane as a “rip-snorting female vocalist/composer/producer whose performances are nothing less than searing.”  Paul Buckmaster, referring to her new song “Yesterday, Today & Forever” said; “I had to stop a few times while working on the string arrangement of 'Yesterday, Today & Forever' because of the profound emotions it stirred up in me - it is that great of a song. I think this may be the most beautiful song I have ever heard.”


Studio albums

  • Chi Coltrane (1972)
  • Let It Ride (1973)
  • Road to Tomorrow (1977)
  • Silk & Steel (1981)
  • Ready to Roll (1983)
  • The Message (1986)


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