|Years active||1987–1998, 2004, 2013-|
|Past members||Rodney Bishop
Cappella was an Italian Eurodance act formed in 1987 by producer Gianfranco Bortolotti. The act went through a number of line-up changes over the years but was most successful in the early 1990s when it was fronted by British performers Kelly Overett and Rodney Bishop. Their biggest hit was "U Got 2 Let the Music", which reached number 2 in the UK in 1993.
The name Cappella was first used in the year 1987. In the beginning, they were a Hi-NRG influenced house act with producer Gianfranco Bortolotti of Media Records leading the group, with significant contributions from fellow producers Stefano Lanzini, Diego Leoni and Pieradis Rossini. In 1988, the act debuted on the British charts with the song "Bauhaus (Push the Beat)", and the following year with "Helyom Halib" which peaked at number 11. At the time, the act was fronted by the singer Ettore Foresti.
Three years later Cappella scored another UK top 30 hit with "Take Me Away", which sampled Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation" – the same track that had been sampled on the number 1 hit "Ride On Time" by fellow Italian house act Black Box in 1989.
It was not until 1993 when Cappella really began to gain momentum. After "U Got 2 Know" (which was based on the distinctive riff of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Happy House") got to the heady heights of number 6 in the UK, two permanent members were drafted in to front the act: rapper Rodney Bishop from London and ex-SL2 dancer Kelly Overett from Ipswich. "U Got 2 Let the Music" (which sampled Alphaville's "Sounds Like a Melody") was released in October 1993 and climbed to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, held off from the top spot only by Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)". Interestingly enough, "U Got 2 Know" would later be remade and updated by Tomcraft in 2013.
Further hits followed: "Move On Baby" reached number 7 in February 1994, "U & Me" peaked at number 10 in June, and "Move It Up" ended the U Got 2 Know album project with a number 16 hit in October. Shortly after this, Overett was fired from the group. It later emerged that she had not actually performed on any of the records – though this should have been obvious to anyone who had seen her performing "Move On Baby" live on Top of the Pops and during a telecast of M6's Dance Machine concert in 1994 in which she did perform "U & Me" live despite a playback in the background.
As for the real voices that were actually used, "U Got 2 Know" included Xaviera Gold's vocals from "You Used To Hold Me", "U Got 2 Let the Music" sampled a vocal from a JM Silk track, and the vocals for "U & Me" was sampled from a song by Vicki Shepard. "Move On Baby" and "Don't Be Proud" were sung by a session singer Ann-Marie Smith. The hit "Move It Up" was also sung by a session singer now known to be Jackie Rawe. Interestingly, Overett would later establish a real singing career by releasing a single called "Follow Your Heart" in 1994 under the name "Kelly O". Although she did prove to critics that she was more than a face on a production-type group, "Follow Your Heart" would be her only single.
In 1995, Cappella returned with new vocalist Alison Jordan, who had previously scored a club hit with "Boy From New York City". Rodney Bishop was also replaced by Patrick Osborne, but returned to the group before long. The comeback single "Tell Me the Way" reached number 17 in the UK in September 1995 and was followed by the album War In Heaven, which featured contributions from Mauro Picotto.
The act continued to have minor hits in continental Europe for a while before resorting to releasing remixes of previous hits. In 2004, the act – now once again faceless, released a brand new track called "Angel" which failed to spark the German or Italian charts. A greatest hits CD/DVD was released in August 2005.
In 2013, they came back with the original producer Gianfranco Bortolotti and new members, a married couple: Lis Birks as a vocalist and Marcus Birks as a rapper. The couple used to perform under the name of The Cameleonz.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|U Got 2 Know||
|Move On Baby||
|War In Heaven||
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1988||"Bauhaus (Push The Beat)"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||60||Helyom Halib|
|"House Energy Revenge"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||73|
|1990||"Get Out Of My Case"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Everybody Listen To It"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Single only|
|1991||"Everybody"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||66||U Got 2 Know|
|1992||"Take Me Away"||—||—||—||—||12||—||—||—||—||25|
|1993||"U Got 2 Know"||—||—||—||21||7||—||26||29||—||6|
|"U Got 2 Know Revisited"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||43|
|"U Got 2 Let The Music"||1||1||12||3||6||8||9||1||14||2|
|1994||"Move On Baby"||3||1||30||4||9||3||1||1||9||7|
|"U & Me"||15||1||34||14||25||5||4||13||10||10|
|"Move It Up"||—||6||—||33||26||8||8||19||—||16|
|1995||"Don't Be Proud"||—||—||—||—||—||—||26||—||—||—|
|"Tell Me The Way"||—||15||35||35||29||6||24||35||—||17||War in Heaven|
|1996||"I Need Your Love"||34||6||33||—||—||—||30||—||—||—|
|"Turn It Up and Down"||—||7||—||—||—||—||—||—||54||—|
|1997||"Do You Run Away Now"||—||10||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Be My Baby"||—||11||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||53||Cappella|
|"U Tore My World Apart"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"U R The Power Of Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Singles only|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- Great Fan-Homepage in German and English
- Full Cappella Discography
- Information at Discogs
- Information at All-Music
- Archive of Mediarec.Info, forum is still operational
- Forum in English, German, Nederlands and Français
- Coro de Música Sacra a Capela
- Current Agent's Profile
- From YouTube
- from Dance Machine tribute page
- Dance Machine 4 concert telecast from YouTube
- Insanity Artists Agency
- The Eurodance Encyclopaedia
- Profile page from YouTube
- "Cappella in der Österreichischen charts" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "Charts.de: Cappella" (in German). Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "Oricon: Cappella" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "GfK Dtch Charts: Cappella (albums)". GfK Dutch Charts Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "Cappella in Swedish charts" (in German). swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "Hitparade.ch: Cappella" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "UK Official Charts Company Cappella". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "Heylom Halib Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "U Got 2 Know Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "Move On Baby Album". Oricon. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "War In Heaven Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "Cappella Album". Discog. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- International peaks
- Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
- German peaks
- Search for Irish peaks
- Italian peaks by year
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 92. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Gold & Platin". IFPI (Austria). Retrieved 2010-08-14.
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Cappella)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
- Search for UK certifications