February 4th, 2011
04:03 PM ET
Amber Riley really loves Chaka Khan.
So much so that the “Glee” star has linked up with Essence magazine for a campaign to have her hit show feature the singer's music as a themed episode.
Riley appears as Khan in a spread for the mag, and a Facebook page has been devoted to the campaign.
“Chaka Khan is my favorite artist not only because her voice is absolutely amazing,” Riley told Essence. “She’s just creative, she’s different, she came out different. She had a different sound from anyone who was in her era.”
Khan, whose hits include “I Feel For You” and “I’m Every Woman,” has been covered over the years by quite a few artists, including Whitney Houston. Riley said her favorite song by Khan is “Tell Me Something Good” and added that she would love to perform “I’m Every Woman” with the singer.
“I don’t think I could sing with her though,” Riley said. “I was standing on stage with her and nearly shriveled into a raisin when she gave me a hug and a kiss. I was like ‘Oh my God!’”
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