Babz Chula grew up in a working-class Jewish neighborhood in Jamaica, N.Y. Her father was a mechanic and stock-car driver who was killed in a race, leaving his 24-year-old widow to raise Babz and her brother. The family settled in Los Angeles where Babz won a scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts. Later, she headed for New York to be a folk singer until returning to the West Coast counterculture, eventually moving to the Kootenays, in British Columbia, Canada. In the early 1980's, Babz relocated to Vancouver where she resumed her acting and singing career.