That’s So Chantel
Having been trained in music and theater since the age of two, Drew Sidora is best remembered while playing Chantel (2004-2005) in the Disney Channel original kids' sitcom "That's So Raven." In feature films, she had roles in 2004 films White Chicks and Never Die Alone. She recently played the supporting role of Lucy Avila in the dance/romance film, Step Up (2006, alongside Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan), in which she also sang "For the Love" (feat. Mario). Her upcoming films are Wild Hogs, a bike comedy movie starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy, and Motives 2, a thriller film starring Brian J. White and Vivica A. Fox.
Childhood and Family:
On May 1, 1985, Drew Sidora was born in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from high school early, and at the age 17, she relocated to California. There, she enrolled in Santa Monica College, taking Entertainment Law as the major and Music History as the minor.
Since the age of two, Drew Sidora has been trained in music and theater at the Suzuki Method of classical piano and at the Organic Theater in Chicago. She then learned jazz, ballet and modern dance with Tony Dyer of Dyer Studios at age four and has done several voice-overs, television commercials and prints advertising by the age of seven.
The youngest member of the World Renowned "Hook Player's Theater Ensemble" In Hollywood California, nine-year-old Sidora landed her first TV job with a regular role on Fox 1995 pilot drama "Divas," alongside, Khalil Kain, Nicole Parsons and Nicole Ari Parker. She followed it up three years later with a recurring role as Sasha in the comedy talk-show "The Howie Mandel Show" (1998).
By this time, Sidora also tried her hand in singing and was the lead vocal in the R& B group Mo'Tempo. She was later signed to Kenny "Edmonds" Babyface Entertainment and began writing music with Edmonds Publishing Company. She has collaborated with such artists as Kurupt, Truth Hurts, Chico & Cool Wadda, Roscoe, White Boy, Houston, B2K, Dave Hollister, Kymani Marley and many more. She also has co-written numerous songs with Frannci from Dr. Dre’s camp, the Banana Toons. She has also recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign, encouraging reading of DMX's autobiography.
Meanwhile, Sidora continued her acting career and was spotted as a guest in an episode of the WB sitcom "What I Like About You" in 2003 and CBS FBI drama "Without a Trace" in 2004. Moviegoers could also catch her in Ernest R. Dickerson's adaptation of the novel by Donald Goines, the crime thriller/drama Never Die Alone (starring DMX) and in Keenen Ivory Wayans' disappointing comedy film, White Chicks (starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans).
From 2004 to 2005, Sidora played Chantel in the Disney Channel original kids' sitcom "That's So Raven." Afterward, she appeared as a guest in a February 2006 episode of UPN (now CW) popular sitcom “Girlfriends.” She also returned to the big screen supporting Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in Anne Fletcher's dance/romance film, Step Up (2006), playing Dewan's best friend and Mario's love interest. In the film, she also showed her singing talent by performing song "For the Love" (feat. Mario). The song was included in the film’s soundtrack, which was released in August 2006.
Sidora will soon complete her upcoming film with director Walt Becker, a bike comedy movie called Wild Hogs, alongside John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. She is also attached to appear in Aaron Courseault's thriller film, Motives 2, reportedly starring Brian J. White and Vivica A. Fox.