Chanter started as a member of a group called the Chanters in 1967 with her sister Irene Chanter and her five brothers, releasing four
singles which failed to
chart. In 1968, the Chanter sisters became a
duo initially known as Birds of a Feather.
The duo released four singles between 1967 and 1972 but none of them achieved chart success. Their first album was Birds of a Feather, released in 1970 and featuring
Elton John on piano. The Chanter sisters had appeared as backing singers for John in a
Radio 1 session.
Long John Baldry asked the sisters to join his live band in 1973. They also featured on June 1, 1974, a live album featuring
Kevin Ayers and
John Cale, and appeared on the
Chris Farlowe album BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert. Both sisters are credited on the 1974
John Cale album
Fear and, the same year,
Ron Wood's album
I've Got My Own Album to Do. Other credits include
Manfred Mann's Earth Band's
Solar Fire (1973),
Nightingales and Bombers (1975),
The Roaring Silence (1976) and
Watch (1978), plus
Mad Dog (1975),
Andy Fairweather Low's
La Booga Rooga (1975),
Whatever Happened to Benny Santini? (1978) and
Night Flight (1980).
Polydor released their second album First Flight, although it failed to make any lasting impression. They sang live with
John Miles and appeared on a live album. The sisters released two albums in 1978 through Safari Records, both of which failed to chart.
In 1971, both sisters were cast as schoolgirls in the
Twins of Evil.