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. The same track was due to be re-released once again in June 2013 under a new label called Anesis Records.

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, an English producer and manager Chris Sergeant brought Rozalla to London placing her with the Band of Gypsies, a production duo consisting of Nigel Swanston and Tim Cox, who produced her most successful singles and her debut album.

Her first UK single "Born to Luv Ya" became a club hit in 1990, but Rozalla’s career took off when the dance anthem, "Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)", reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1991. The single became a Top 10 hit in many European countries soon afterwards and reached the Billboard Top 40 the following year. 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.[2]

After touring with Michael Jackson, opening all of his performances on the European leg of his Dangerous tour, and after several lesser charting singles, Rozalla enjoyed UK Top 20/US Top 100 success in 1994 with her cover of "I Love Music", the theme song to the film Carlito's Way. Three more dance singles, including a cover of Soul Family Sensation’s underground hit "I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby", also reached the upper regions of the UK Singles Chart, but none of these songs managed to come close to the international success of the singles from her debut album. Rozalla showed a different side of herself by experimenting with different styles of music on the attendant album Look No Further, but this change of direction was not appreciated by her dance following and the album sold poorly.[3]

In 1996, a remix of "Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)" reached the UK Top 40, but since then mainstream chart success has eluded her in that country. 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". Without the support of a major label, its release went by largely unnoticed, despite being well received by her dance following.[4]

Rozalla enjoyed a hit single in Germany in 2002 with the Aquagen remix of "Everybody’s Free" and in 2003 she entered the lower regions of the UK Singles Chart alongside Plastic Boy on the vocal trance single, "Live Another Life". This track was included on her first, and only, official compilation The Best Of Rozalla which was issued soon afterwards.

A Global Deejays remix of "Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)" became Rozalla’s first major hit single in many years, reaching number 7 in Australia in 2009 after it had been used as the theme song to So You Think You Can Dance. The remix became a minor hit in some European countries later that year, but by this time Rozalla was once again experimenting with other styles of music. She issued the jazz/soul album Brand New Version in 2009, adding her surname Miller to her recording guise. Some songs were played on various UK radio stations, including Radio 2 and Jazz FM, and Rozalla promoted the album by performing as the support act for Billy Ocean on his UK tour of 2009.

In May 2009, Rozalla became a patron of the charity All Star Kids.[5]

In 2011, Rozalla signed to Frontline Records.[6]

Rozalla is married to media mogul Alan Brydon.[7]

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
  • 2003: Best Of
  • 2004: Everybody's Free (Special Edition with DVD)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[8]
AUT
[8]
FRA
[8]
GER
[9]
IRE
[10]
NED
[8]
NZ
[8]
SUI
[8]
SWE
[8]
UK
[11]
1990 "Born to Love You" 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 #2 (March 1994) p.37
  2. ^ Officialcharts.com
  3. ^ Billboard 30 September 1995, p.28
  4. ^ Billboard 17 January 1998, p.31
  5. ^ Allstarkids.org.uk
  6. ^ Frontlinerecords.com
  7. ^ "End of the road for Rozalla Miller?". The Herald (Zimbabwe Newspapers, Ltd.). 11 March 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g International peaks
  9. ^ German peaks
  10. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 473. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ Search for UK certification

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