Loretta started singing in her hometown of Pueblo, CO with her family’s gospel group, known as “The Chandler Family”, when we were younger, we were called the “Chandleretts”, ‘says Loretta.’ “Mom and Dad, Rev. F. L. Chandler and Mrs. Rosetta Chandler always encourage each of us to do our best with the gift God gave us.” Loretta, Cloretta, her sister and brothers, David and James have been performing since she was six years old. Loretta says, “It’s real special when we sing together, but time has not permitted us to perform as much as we would like to.”
After starting a gospel program at the University of Southern Colorado, Loretta decided to transfer to California’s Institute of the arts private college just outside Los Angeles, CA. There she founded and directed the Cal Arts Gospel Extravaganza and was looking into recording an album with a group when she decided to join some of her friends at an open call audition for “Fame”. The rest is history.