Rozalla

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Rozalla

Everybody’s free to feel good, sang Rozalla in 1991, but what did she do next? Are you ready to fly?

by Christopher Smith

Rozalla Miller was born in Zambia in 1964. She began performing from the age of 13 on children’s TV when she moved with her family to Zimbabwe. In 1988 she moved to London with her manager Chris Sergeant and began performing in various groups and clubs. She released her first single “Born To Luv Ya” in 1990. It did nothing chartwise but was a club hit, reaching the top ten of the UK club chart.

It was her follow up, the anthemic “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)”, that would make its mark on the charts and a star of Rozalla, reaching No.6 in September 1991. The song topped the US dance chart and made No.37 on the top 100 there, as well as charting top ten in over twenty countries around the world.

She followed this with her own brand of dance numbers that would give her a succession of chart hits for the next six years. “Faith (In The Power Of Love)” would follow in November 1991 and reached No.11 in the UK, No.4 on the US dance chart.

She released her debut album “Everybody’s Free” in early 1992 that would chart at No.20 in the UK and be a minor hit across Europe and in Australia. Her third single from the album “Are You Ready To Fly?” would peak at No.14 in the UK and again make the top twenty across Europe and top the US dance chart. Rozalla spent 1992 touring and supporting Michael Jackson on his Dangerous world tour and this would give Rozalla massive exposure.

Another brace of hits would follow in 1993-94 with her cover of The O’Jays 1975 hit “I Love Music” that would be featured in the film ‘Carlito’s Way’. It would top the US dance chart giving Rozalla three US number one’s there. It made No.18 in the UK.

She followed this in 1994 with “This Time I Found Love” (UK No.33) and “You Never Love The Same Way Twice” (UK No.16, US dance No.11), all taken from her second album “Look No Further” which sadly stalled at No.138 in the UK.

She charted with “Baby” in early 1995 (UK No.26) and a remix of “Everybody’s Free” which returned the song to the UK 40 in 1996 when it charted at No.30 as well as making No.14 on the US dance chart.

Her third studio album “Coming Home” came in 1998 and included the title track and “Don’t Go Lose It Baby” as singles. Since then she has continued to record and work with artists like Plastic Boy, David Anthony and Phat n Phunky. In 2015 she released the single “If You Say It Again” which reach No.5 on the US dance chart, her highest placing on that chart for twenty one years.

In 2019 Rozalla was made a judge at The FxEctive Factor at this Year’s VegfestUK in Brighton. Rozalla continues to tour and give live appearances across the world and it seems that everybody still hasn’t had enough of being free yet!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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