Remember Rozalla – singer of the 1990s dance hit “Everybody’s Free…. To Feel Good!”…?
Well, the Queen of Rave is well and truly back. This time she’s teamed up with singer Allan Jay for her first ever duet “Breaking My Heart“, released this week on Energise Recordings.
Since we absolutely adore this track, you’ll hear Breaking My Heart daily on Frisk.
Rozalla began performing at a young age in her native Zambia singing in clubs and at events and, at age 13, 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. 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.
After touring with Michael Jackson, opening all of his performances on the European leg of his Dangerous tour, and several other 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.
Rozalla showed a different side of herself in 1994 on the critically acclaimed Sony album ‘Look No Further’, on which she worked with music legends Diane Warren, Frankie Knuckles and Jellybean Benitez amongst others.
In 1996 a remix of ‘Everybody’s Free’ (‘To Feel Good’) reached the UK Top 40.
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’ and was well received by her dance following.
Rozalla enjoyed a hit single in Germany in 2002 with the Aquagen remix of ‘Everybody’s Free’ and in 2003 she entered 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’) reached 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 hit in some European countries later that year, but by this time Rozalla was once again experimenting with other styles of music.
Rozalla has continued recording and working with various producers, and is also a regular PA on the club scene, where she performs all her classic hits and most recent offerings.
At the beginning of 2015 ‘Shaking Through The Night’ was the next offering by Rozalla, with whom she worked with Mr Boomslang aka Kazz on the track. Shortly followed by teaming up with Charlie Mason who wrote the Top 5 Billboard Dance smash hit ‘If You Say It Again. Remixed by Love To Infinity the song was well received and also proved popular in the clubs.