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posted Friday, August 7, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 31
Lady Chablis debuts 'I Love You Anyway' single on iTunes
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Lady Chablis debuts 'I Love You Anyway' single on iTunes

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle drag legend The Lady Chablis has released a single on iTunes, 'I Love You Anyway,' written by Chablis and Chris Rachel, instrumental by SLM productions Scott Lawrence and remix by Jarod Jones out of Richmond, VA and co-produced by Mike Evans E/M music.

Chablis, known for fiery drag performances that range from comical/camp to gospel, is one of Seattle's most celebrated queens. She is a member of the Imperial Court system, held drag pageant titles such as La Femme Magnifique International, hosts and stars in the weekly Friday and Saturday night drag show 'Lashes' at R Place, and has done some of the most successful fundraising for LGBTQ and allied organizations in the community. Because Chablis does traditional drag and lip-syncs each song whenever she performs, not many people know she can sing.

So how did 'I Love You Anyway' come about?

Activism.

'I actually wrote a poem during the Ferguson controversy and we were still battling to achieve same-sex marriage in all 50 states,' Chablis told Seattle Gay News. 'I was so frustrated from watching the news that I laid in bed and just starting writing.'

Local out Gay vocalist, model, dancer, VELO approached Chablis about making music.

'At first I hesitated,' admits Chablis. 'But then I thought, 'What the heck.'

VELO met with local music producer Michael Evans who decided to give Chablis a try.

'They set me up with song writer Christopher Rachal who looked over my poem and began writing based off of what I had already done,' continues Chablis.

During the writing process, Chablis began to work with vocal coach Erica Merritt, who Chablis says 'pushed me very hard.'

'For about six months it was rehearsal after rehearsal,' said Chablis.

In addition to vocal lessons, local musician and singer songwriter Jon Noble then invited Chablis into his studio and they began to work on the song.

'After much work,' says Chablis, 'here I am!'

The song is now available through CD Baby, which distributed 'I Love You Anyway' to over 40 music websites which include iTunes, Amazon, and even some international websites, too. 'I was surprised to find out that the song is even available in Russia,' said Chablis.

'The song is very catchy and it's getting a great deal of positive feedback,' Chablis reports.

'I Love You Anyway' is a civil rights and social justice anthem. From the lyrics to Chablis vocals, it is anything but hollow. The message is timely and the musicality of the single is too. Club remixes of the single are also available.

Chablis explains, 'I love performing as an entertainer and sometimes we get stuck just doing that. When 'RuPaul's Drag Race' began I think it changed a lot of minds about the LGBTQ community and drag. I see a lot of queens trying something new and really challenging themselves. So I figured I would try something new, too, and record this single.'

It's still a bit of a shock, says Chablis. 'I never in a million years saw myself with a single. I think if there's something you're scared to do, my philosophy is - do it. Sometimes you only get one chance, so take it!'

Chablis knows a thing or two about performing; she's been at it for 13 years.

'I love being creative, making strangers smile,' Chablis told SGN. 'Sometimes people have a day that is just not going right no matter what they try to do to change it. But then they go out and see a show and it just changes their mood. Sometimes, while I am onstage, I almost feel like a therapist, where performing is the medication that someone might need to bring them happiness.'

Chablis says that with all of the pain and struggle going on in the world right now she is proud to have recorded a song that sends a positive message.

Although the single is doing well and has been well-received, Chablis is still humble about her vocal abilities, telling SGN, 'I'm not a singer.'

She does, however, sing often at Karaoke on the Hill and says that when she was young she used to sing in a church choir.

Chablis says she is inspired by other entertainers 'who take a lot of time and energy and patience.'

She also admired creativity in other performers. 'It doesn't matter if you are on 'RuPaul's Drag Race' or doing drag at a local night club, everyone who does this type of work is very deserving of respect and some level of admiration.'

Chablis says that one of the most memorable experiences she has taken from the process of recording and releasing a single to the public is watching people when they first hear the song.

'To watch people on the dance floor dancing to my song always gives me goose bumps,' she said.

At the moment, Chablis is just taking things as they come in regards to the reaction to 'I Love You Anyway.' However, come September, things will speed up again as she films a music video for the single.

'My hope is that the video will go viral,' said Chablis. 'And hopefully the message will shine through and maybe even help to change someone's negative attitude about others.'

Chablis concludes, 'My parents have been so overjoyed with this song that I won't need a manager if things ever take off because they've already said they will manage things for me. They're so happy. It's amazing how this song has already touched their hearts.'

Chablis thanks the following people for their contribution to 'I Love You Anyway' - Mike Evans, Scott Lawrence, Erica Merritt, Jarod Jones, Christopher Rachel, Michael Allen, Janelle Coleman Scott Crawford, Victor Cruz, and Jon Noble.

'I Love You Anyway' is available for download on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-love-you-anyway-single/id1022868639.

Seattle Gay News would like to wish Chablis all the success in the world with this single. As a community newspaper we are well aware of her contributions to Seattle's LGBTQ community and her continued support for positive events, organizations, and people that work to make Seattle's LGBTQ community what it is.

All the best, Chablis!

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