Gala

Gala

Real Name:
Gala Rizzatto
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Gala is a New York-based Italian singer-songwriter who is referred to by her fans as a cult dance artist. She is best known for her songs Freed From Desire, Let a Boy Cry, Come Into My Life, Suddenly, Everyone Has Inside and Faraway.

She was born in Milan on 6 september 1972.
Named by her parents after Salvador Dali’s and Paul Eluard’s eccentric muse, Gala left Italy at 17 to attend art school in Boston. In 1993 she moved to New York where she photographed the New York City underground scene of artists and club-goers. In exchange for a photo of a European deejay she recorded her first demo. Written in New York and then mailed overseas on a cassette tape, her first demo of the song “Freed From Desire“ became an international pop classic. It was recorded between Milan and London and was released by Italian independent label Do It Yourself. Her album Come Into My Life was released in 1998, with 4 singles charting in the Top 20 across Europe selling a combined 6 million records worldwide.

In 1996 she was voted Best Female Singer of the Year in Italy by the official monthly magazine Musica e Dischi. In July 1997 she was awarded with the "Italian Dance Award" as the best pop-dance artist of the year. Gala has achieved Platinum recording awards in France and the Benelux and a Gold record in the United Kingdom where she reached number 2 and was 15th best selling single of 1997. The same year she was nominated for the "Best Dance Act" at the "Mobo Awards" in the UK alongside: Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and Orbital.

In July 1997 she won “Best Foreign Artist of the Year” at the Midem in Cannes, France. Between 1995 and 1998 Gala performed on the United Kingdom's BBC Television's Top of the Pops France Television’s Taratata’ Les Années Tubes, M6’s Hit Machine, MTV Germany, as well as performing in venues such as the Bercy Stadium in Paris and the Bulls Arena in Madrid.

In 1998, while performing “Let a Boy Cry” on the French TV show Taratata' , she met Prince’s manager Steve Fargnoli who began representing her. The same year she signed with Universal Records in Italy. After Steve Fargnoli’s unexpected death in 2011. Gala broke her contract with Universal Records and returned to New York.

In 2005 “Faraway” was released in France by EMI and Greece where it reached #1 on the iTunes chart and #6 in the national Charts. “Faraway” was co-produced by Cash Money Records musician/producer Kevin Rudolf. It was featured in a Bod Man perfume TV ad, aired on MTV, HBO, in the USA and it was covered by Greek Idol winner, Tamta.

In 2005 Gala appeared on Pink TV and on M6 Fan De. In 2006 she performed Mega PANN-Party at the Central Studios in Utrecht and performed on La Tele de Sebastien on France 2. Gala has produced over 5 music videos. The video “I’m the World“ incorporated the video installation, “The Song I Love to” by the Argentinean artist Sebastiano Mauri.

In 2008 Gala formed the label Matriarchy Inc, based in Brooklyn, New York and teamed up with producer Marcus Bell, drummer Deantoni Parks (Lenny Kravitz, John Cale, Meshell Ngenocello, Mars Volta), guitarist Joe Friedman (Tamir Muskat (ex-Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box) The result of this collaboration, Tough Love, is Gala’s first album released digitally worldwide on Matriarchy Inc. in 2009.

Gala has also worked as a songwriter for classical music with artists like Salvatore Licitra and Marcelo Alvarez (on the album “Duetto”) and Mario Frangoulis. Gala's original Italian lyrics to “Nights in White Satin” by the Moody Blues, is called Notte Di Luce the song was covered by the operatic pop vocal group “Il Divo” for the multi platinum album “Siempre”.
She remains an avid photographer, with many of her photos appearing on her official website.
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Gala Discography

Albums

74321 48373 2 Gala Come Into My Life (Album) Nitelite Records 74321 48373 2 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
MAT 04 Gala Tough Love (Album) Matriarchy Records MAT 04 US 2009
MAT 11 Gala Singles V1(13xFile, AAC, MiniAlbum, 320) Matriarchy Records MAT 11 US 2015

Singles & EPs

NL 9501 Gala Everyone Has Inside (Maxi, Single) Nitelite Records NL 9501 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
PR1 3071 Gala / Candy Bomb Gala / Candy Bomb - Everyone Has Inside / Loop D'Loop(12") Popular Records PR1 3071 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
192 201.1 Gala Freed From Desire (Maxi, Single, EP) Nitelite Records 192 201.1 France 1996 Sell This Version
JB 1/96 Gala / Regina Gala / Regina - Freed From Desire / Killing Me Softly(7", Promo) Do It Yourself Entertainment JB 1/96 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
192 260-2, 192 260 2 Gala Let A Boy Cry (Single, EP, Maxi) Nitelite Records 192 260-2, 192 260 2 France 1997 Sell This Version
568281-2 Gala Come Into My Life (Maxi, Single) Nitelite Records 568281-2 Greece 1997 Sell This Version
2105957 Gala Megamix (Maxi, Single) ZYX Music 2105957 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
74321595772 Gala Suddenly (Single, Maxi) Nitelite Records 74321595772 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
5 660602 K-Zanova Ft Gala K-Zanova Ft Gala - Bella(CD, Single) Mercury 5 660602 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
TY-2124 Gala Vs. MC Mario / Route 401 Gala Vs. MC Mario / Route 401 - Freed From Desire / Pinochio(12") Tycoon Records TY-2124 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
DIYG 003 Happymen vs. Gala Happymen vs. Gala - Freed From Desire 2003 (Maxi) Do It Yourself Entertainment DIYG 003 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
GALA Gala Faraway (Maxi, Single) EMI Music France GALA France 2005 Sell This Version
DO IT 814 MLA* Feat. Gala MLA* Feat. Gala - A Friend Of Joshua(12") Do It Yourself Entertainment DO IT 814 Italy 2008 Sell This Version
MAT 02 Gala Tough Love (EP)(6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Matriarchy Records MAT 02 US 2009
MAT 05 Gala Rizzatto* Lose Yourself In Me (Remixes) (Single) Matriarchy Records MAT 05 US 2012 Sell This Version
MAT 06 Gala Taste Of Me (Single) Matriarchy Records MAT 06 2013
INHR 441 Gala The Beautiful (Single) Matriarchy Records INHR 441 US 2014

Compilations

MG 189 Gala Megamix & Dance Remixes (Comp) Nitelite Records MG 189 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
1009093-1 Gala Gala Remixes(CD, Comp) Paradoxx Music 1009093-1 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
none Gala Come Into A Decade(15xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed, 320) Do It Yourself Entertainment none US 2007

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ItaliaPrincessa

ItaliaPrincessa

January 11, 2008
Gala Rizzatto is, in my opinion, a Singer with an extremely rare gift... a gift to write profectionately about dificult subjects. making people all around the world, as well as her past and present fans, take notice of her musical talent. Her songs obviously play a role in people's lives... Everyone around the world should take notice of her briliant meterial. This is an artist with an extremely rare and enticeing edge. She has built up a very immense, loyal fan base and people seek solice in her music and accurate songwriting. Everyone should listen to her fantastic hermonies of music...

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