An Italo-house production team employing up to ten different studios, at least a trio of producers for every production and scores of session workers, Cappella is mostly the creation of producer Gianfranco Bortolotti. Undoubtedly influenced by Motown's assembly-line aesthetic (as well as the 1980's British dance team of Stock, Aitken & Waterman), Bortolotti coordinated the work of longtime producers team of DJ Professor, Mauro Picotto AKA R.A.F. and Pierre Feroldi AKA DJ Pierre (not the Chicago producer) to create dozens of European club/chart hits under the aliases Cappella, 49ers, Fargetta, R.A.F., Club House and East Side Beat. For good or ill, Bortolotti's productions were most responsible for the Italian house phenomenon of the late 1980's and early 1990's, based on an often-maligned push-button production blueprint which includes only the cheesiest melodies, samples, piano lines and diva vocals. Each single produced by Bortolotti's Media Productions underwent rigorous testing and remixing for maximum airplay in each country it was released, with only Bortolotti holding the final word on the final product. Inspired by the productions of Italo-disco DJ Pierre Feroldi, Bortolotti began mixing around Italy while at school in the late 1970's. The Cappella Project had already debuted as a production team by the end of the decade, though Bortolotti did little more than mix in the music industry until the mid-'80s. In 1987, he produced Cappella's "Bauhaus (Push The Beat)", a club hit throughout Europe and the UK. The following year brought the contintent-wide Top 10 hit "Heylom Halib", which presaged a wave of similar-sounding Italian house tracks during 1989-90. Bortolotti recorded a Cappella album (the cash-in heavy "Heylom Halib"), and scored again with the singles "Be Master In One's Own House" and "House Of Energy Revenge". To his credit, he did recruit seminal diva Loleatta Holloway for the single "Take Me Away", less successful than the chart-entries but much better.
Throughout the 1990's, Cappella was one of the most thoroughly unartistic Eurodance acts - and for the most part, proud of it. After several additional 1992-93 hits (Including "U Got 2 Know", based around a sample from Ralphi Rosario's seminal "You Used To Hold Me" featuring the vocals of Xaviera Gold), Bortolotti decided to make an act of Cappella with the addition of two Brits: Rod Bishop (formerly with Positive Gang) and Kelly Overett (a vocalist who had worked with SL2). The singles "U Got 2 Let The Music" and "Move On Baby" became Cappella's biggest hits, hitting number one in several countries during 1994. The album "U Got 2 Know" did appreciably well, though Overett left by 1995 (to be replaced by Alison Jordan). Soon however, Cappella appeared to be running on steam. The 1995-96 singles like "Tell Me The Way" and "I Need Your Love" barely made the European charts, and their 1996 album "War In Heaven" fared poorly (though it was released in America).

Cappella Discography


MR 542 LP Cappella Helyom Halib (Album) Media Records MR 542 LP Italy 1989 Sell This Version
828 486-2 Cappella U Got 2 Know (Album, Maxi) Mercury 828 486-2 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
CTCR-11000 Cappella Move On Baby(CD, Album) Cutting Edge CTCR-11000 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
837 696 2 Cappella War In Heaven (Album, Comp) EMI France 837 696 2 France 1995 Sell This Version
CTCR-11040 Cappella Cappella(CD, Album, Enh) Cutting Edge CTCR-11040 Japan 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MR 519 Cappella Bauhaus (Single) Media Records MR 519 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
SPV 55-8410 Cappella Helyom Halib (Single) Media Records SPV 55-8410 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
12FGL 1 Cappella Push The Beat Fast Globe 12FGL 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CSR 120031 Capella* Get Out Of My Case (Single, Maxi) Media Records CSR 120031 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
ARS 1737 Cappella House Energy Revenge (Maxi) Media Records ARS 1737 Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
SYDT 10 Cappella Be Master In One's Own House Swanyard Records Ltd SYDT 10 UK 1990 Sell This Version
07421 Cappella Everybody Listen To It (Maxi, Single) BCM Records 07421 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
MR 559 Cappella Cappella Megamix(12", Mixed) Media Records MR 559 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
FCD 157 Club House vs. Cappella Club House vs. Cappella - Deep In My Heart - The Romany Remixes / Everybody Remixed! (Maxi) FFRR FCD 157 UK 1991 Sell This Version
MR 579 Cappella Feat. Carl K.* Cappella Feat. Carl K.* - Everybody (Maxi) Media Records MR 579 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
PWLT210 Cappella Featuring Loleatta Holloway Cappella Featuring Loleatta Holloway - Take Me Away (Single, Maxi) Media Records PWLT210 UK 1991 Sell This Version
162 350 030-1DJ Cappella U Got 2 Know (Single, Maxi) Media Records 162 350 030-1DJ US 1992 Sell This Version
IDS 3, 857 306-7 Cappella U Got 2 Let The Music (Maxi, Single) Media Records, Media Records IDS 3, 857 306-7 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
422 857 626-2 Cappella U Got 2 Let The Music / Move On Baby(CD, Single) PolyGram Group Canada Inc. 422 857 626-2 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
AS 5000 978 Cappella / D Mob With Cathy Dennis Cappella / D Mob With Cathy Dennis - Move On Baby - Why?(7", Promo) PolyGram AS 5000 978 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
AS 5000 971 Cappella / Ace Of Base Cappella / Ace Of Base - U Got 2 Let The Music (Brescia Edit) / The Sign (Radio Edit)(7", Promo) Polygram AS 5000 971 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
BASIX - 080 - R Cappella / With It Guys Cappella / With It Guys - U Got 2 Know / Let The Music Take Control(12") Basic Mix BASIX - 080 - R Spain 1993 Sell This Version
Basix - 080 Cappella, With It Guys Cappella, With It Guys - Double Mix(12") Basic Mix Basix - 080 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
IDX 7 Cappella Move It Up / Big Beat (EP, Single) Internal Dance IDX 7 UK 1994 Sell This Version
INT: 828 506.2 Cappella Vs Carl Cox Cappella Vs Carl Cox - Cappella Deconstructed (Maxi, Single) Internal Dance, Internal Dance INT: 828 506.2 UK 1994 Sell This Version

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December 16, 2015
There were lot of lies about the vocalists of their singles. I know the fact: Move On Baby was sung by Katherine Ellis - she revealed it via facebook to me.


October 21, 2012
My favorite dance act from '90 years. 1st class dancefloor.


January 8, 2008
Cappella, I think, was one of the most genious creations in the dance music industry. I love them so much. Their music is so devine. I recived their greastest hits album for christmas and I am, without a single doubt, hooked on it. I just cannot under any circumstances, stop listening to those sublime, feelgood beats that they have created. I really admire mr. Gianfranco Bortolotti for giving us this extremely talented group. Dance music is not the same anymore without people like Cappella around. I really enjoy their sassy, carefree collection of feelgood music. bring back the Italo sounds of the 1990s.. Dance music nowadays is so plain and boring. I really do have an awful lot of hate for it. If only come back into fashion.Therte are no other bands on earth remotely like Cappella. I really do admire them.


November 26, 2003
Cappella was one of the most successful euro-dance projects of the first half of the 90's, when the formula female singer/rapping MC was at its peak. I myself confess my absolute delight when listening to such guilty pleasures as "U Got 2 Know", "U Got 2 Let The Music", "Move On Baby" and "U & Me". But after that first lineup went bust, I lost my interest, maybe because I just got older. But they are, indeed, a part of my early teenage years. :)


February 11, 2003
Cappella was always a commercial project (with commercial sound). Their music was very modern for that times (i mean 1994)and they had great and well deserved success. I like, no I LOVE their music very much

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