Chaka Khan pairs her powerhouse vocals with a good cause on her first official single in eight years, “I Love Myself,” which EW is excited to premiere. Out Feb. 26 on MondoTunes, the track is a soul-steeped ode to self-esteem and acceptance. A portion of its proceeds will go to Face Forward and STOMP Out Bullying, non-profits chosen for their work assisting victims of domestic violence and discrimination.
The Grammy Award-winning singer, predominantly known as the frontwoman of funk band Rufus, is also running a music video contest for the single. Before Feb. 26, fans can submit a one-minute clip of themselves lip-syncing to the song’s chorus, and the winning picks will be featured in the track’s final video.
“It is important that in these troubled times we honor our own self-respect,” Khan says in a statement. “Beauty knows no boundaries and is accepting of us all whether black, white, gay, straight, physically or mentally-challenged.”
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Though Khan has appeared on other tracks since 2008, “I Love Myself” is the first single she’s released since “One For All Time,” which appeared on her 2007 album Funk This.