Rozalla

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Rozalla
Birth name Rozalla Miller
Born (1964-03-18) 18 March 1964 (age 50)
Origin Ndola, Zambia
Genres Dance, acid house, rave
Years active 1990–present
Labels Epic, Pulse 8

Rozalla Miller (born 18 March 1964), better known as simply Rozalla, is a Zambian dance music performer. She is best known for her 1991 hit "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)", which was remixed and re-issued several times.

Musical career[edit]

Rozalla began performing at a young age in her native Zambia singing in clubs and at events; then at age 13, she was singing on a children's TV show. While still in her teens, she relocated to Zimbabwe where she fronted various R&B cover bands before beginning her own recording career with a resultant five number-one hits on that nation's chart.[1] In 1988, Rozalla relocated to London and worked with the Band of Gypsies, a production duo consisting of Nigel Swanston and Tim Cox.

Rozalla's first UK single "Born to Luv Ya" became a club hit in 1990. The singer's career really took off when the dance anthem "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1991. It became a Top 10 hit in many European countries soon afterwards and reached the Billboard Top 40 the following year. It remains her biggest hit to date. It was later included on her dance-heavy debut album Everybody's Free, which peaked at number 20 in the UK Albums Chart and went silver. The album spawned two more sizeable hits in "Faith (In the Power of Love)" and "Are You Ready to Fly", reaching number 11 and 14 respectively in the UK Singles Chart, plus a lesser charting single in the ballad "Love Breakdown". [2]

In 1992 Rozalla toured with Michael Jackson, opening all of his performances on the European leg of his Dangerous tour. She enjoyed four UK Top 40 hits in 1994/95, including her cover of "I Love Music", the theme song to the film Carlito's Way. The attendant album Look No Further featured more R&B and soul elements than her previous album. [3]

A 1996 remix of "Everybody's Free" reached number 30 in the UK Singles Chart. Her 1998 album Coming Home saw her reunite with the Band of Gypsies and spawned a stateside club hit with its lead single "Don't Go Lose It Baby". [4]

In 2003, Rozalla entered the lower regions of the UK Singles Chart alongside Plastic Boy on the vocal trance single "Live Another Life". She issued the jazz/soul album Brand New Version in 2009, adding her surname Miller to her recording guise. She promoted the album by performing as Billy Ocean's support act on his UK tour of 2009. A Global Deejays remix of "Everybody's Free" reached number 7 in Australia in 2009 after it had been used as the theme song to So You Think You Can Dance.

After a protracted silence Rozalla released two new singles in 2014: "Can You Feel The Love", with David Anthony, and "If You Say It Again".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1992: Everybody's Free
  • 1995: Look No Further
  • 1998: Coming Home
  • 2009: Brand New Version

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1993: Everybody's Free-Style 1993 Remixed To Perfection
  • 1998: Feelin' Good'
  • 2003: Best Of
  • 2004: Everybody's Free (Special Edition with DVD)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
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AUT
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FRA
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GER
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IRE
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NED
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NZ
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SUI
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SWE
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UK
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1990 "Born to Luv Ya" Everybody's Free
1991 "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" 11 10 8 6 8 2 9 2 4 6
"Faith (In the Power of Love)" 62 14 18 11
1992 "Are You Ready to Fly" 21 11 25 16 26 6 15 14
"Love Breakdown" 33 65
"In 4 Choons Later" 50 Single only
1993 "Don't Play With Me" 50 Everybody's Free-Style 1993
1994 "I Love Music" 90 69 39 18 Look No Further
"This Time I Found Love" 33
"You Never Love the Same Way Twice" 54 16
1995 "Baby" 26
"Losing My Religion"
1997 "Coming Home" Coming Home
1998 "Don't Go Lose It Baby"
"Friday Night" (with Phat 'N' Phunky) Singles only
2003 "Live Another Life" (with Plastic Boy) 55
2014 "Can You Feel The Love" (with David Anthony)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vibe Vol 2 No. 2 (March 1994) p.37
  2. ^ Officialcharts.com
  3. ^ Billboard 30 September 1995, p.28
  4. ^ Billboard 17 January 1998, p.31
  5. ^ a b c d e f g International peaks
  6. ^ German peaks
  7. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 473. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ Search for UK certification

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