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Biography

Rachael Chatoor is a native of Vancouver and has been part of the bustling music scene here since the early 90's, working as a solo artist as well as in collaboration with other musicians.

She spent several years participating in the indy music scene,  both as part of a band and  as one half of a duo who  played at venues such as the UBC Sonic Café, and  in festivals such as the 1992 Music West festival.  As a solo artist he entered the 1994 BCCMA Country Music singing competition and won several knockout events to become a finalist, having the opportunity to perform in the final competition for the annual BCCMA awards show

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 She enjoyed the opportunity over the years to work as a back up singer for some of the Legends of Rock and Roll shows, and also did back ups and opening spots for the late Buddy Knox. In that capacity she had the chance to meet and share the stage with other true legends such as  the Everly Brothers, BJ Thomas, Bobby Curtola,  The Coasters, Randy Bachman, and Albert Lee ( to name a few).

She successfully made a living working and touring in and around BC for several years with her cover duo, the Forget Me Nots. The girls were featured on local cable doing a half hour showcase of their gig, and were filmed twice as themselves for two commercials, once as spokespeople for the Crimestoppers campaign, and also for the BCTV, 'its TV for me' campaign.

The Forget Me Nots also regularly enjoyed playing Whistler and Blackcomb, sometimes six shows per weekend, and at Merrit Mountain Music Festival two years in a row. The pair were regularly asked to
participate in local festivals, celebrations and special events  such as the Vancouver Sun Run, and women's walk for Breast Cancer. In 1996, the pair hired some more players and took them overseas for an international tour.

Rachael spent the next 7-8 years traveling abroad. She lived on 4 different continents and virtually everywhere she lived, she found venues to play, or radio stations to sing jingles for. She returned to Canada three years ago and took a short break while she cared for her young children and started a business in Vancouver.

Never content to be far from a stage, she found herself out playing again last year. It was during this time she met Mike Locken, the pair knew they had something from the first time they played together, and shortly after, S.O.L. was born. Their mix of vocals and musical styles are rich and memorable, and their easy going demeanor on and off stage make for a great feeling in any room.


Rachael Chatoor commenting on her song [Staning All The Way] Pink Ribbon:

As I wrote this song, I really struggled with the feelings I experienced. I wrote the song for everyone, for survivors and for people who have moved on, yet lived strong and well and full of love, life, and hope, while fighting cancer of any kind.

There were many moments, I found myself, crying right out loud, as certain words came to me, and
my whole body would be filled with energy when certian lines just sounded right.

I often considered my father's (Ken Waterman) own brave battle with cancer as I wrote this.

My Dad's soul moved on to another place, last Sept 2007. He lived a full and happy two years beyond, the "three months" diagnosis that doctors gave him.

My Dad was the sort of man who was a postitive energy at all times, he never said a negative word to anyone. He believed and LIVED, like he was not going to die.

He continued to work devotedly for the YMCA, he spent his free time coaching youth hockey, and was found to be golfing, whenever he could slip away. He even played a round of golf, just days before entering the hospital, for the final time.

The doctors who tended him, were openly amazed that he was golfing only days prior, & told him so as they looked over his charts with wide eyes, admiration, and disbelief.

I witnessed this myself as we sat in the Emergency room, I was so proud of my Dad, on that day especially.

He was still showing people how to live and how to believe. He still joked with all the doctors and nurses, and made everyone around him, feel good about themselves.

That was his magic, & he refused to stop sharing his positive message.

The words 'standing all the way' in this song, refers to my Dad's last golf game, and his message that no matter what the size of the bump in the road, you can still spend your time believing, and loving the people around you, right now, today.

Love you Dad, thank you for your help with this.

And wishes of love, courage, and strength, go out to my sisters in the world who are living with breast cancer, or any kind of cancer.

I truly love you all, for helping me to heal a hurt and connect with a spirit.

The Lyrics

LYRICS BELOW: Inspired by a Melissa Etheridge interview, I found myself questioning how I might feel, what I might hear in my mind, were I to be told that I have breast cancer.
Lyrics:

Doctor please slow down I don't understand, Lets get back to talking about the weather
It seems to me, you're saying I m not getting better

I hear a voice inside, screaming, crying, asking why?
Praying you are wrong
What about my boy and girl?
Right now, im their whole damn world
What do they do if Im gone?

I intend to fight this
You don't know the future So I'm going to write it!

Finding all good things to say, wearing my pink ribbon every day. I'll be standing all the way.

Doctor please tell me cause I need to know,
what I can do to really face it
I can't believe you're saying, you just cant erase this

Hear a voice inside, pleading, someone turn this tide
Theres so much more to do
Ive never been so mad
Lost, confused, or deeply sad
don't wanna believe my life is through

CH

Hear the voice inside strong detrmined full of pride
There so much left to give
no matter what the time
I'm going to make the most and I will
Show my babies how to live

© Rachael Chatoor 2008



 

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