” Freed from Desire ” is by Gala ( Gala Rizzatto ), the Italian pop singer and songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. She was named after Salvador Dalí and Paul Eluard’s wife, Gala.
Paul Eluard ( Eugène Émile Paul Grindel ) was a French poet and one of the founders of the surrealist movement. Salvador Dalí ( Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí I Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Púbol ) was the Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.
Gala Rizzatto left her native Italy at the age of 17 to attend art school in Boston, Massachusetts. After moving to New York in 1993, she graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts. Gala made a name for herself as a photographer capturing the New York underground’s artists and clubbers.
In addition to her music career, Gala is still an active and passionate photographer; she showcases much of her work on her official website.
The song was written by Filippo Andrea Carmeni, Gala Rizzatto and Maurizio Molella. Italian producer and songwriter, Filippo Andrea Carmeni, has worked with many artists including Debbie Patterson, Molella and Selena. Maurizio Molella is an Italian DJ and producer based in Milan; he has worked remixing many European dance tracks and Compilation Albums.
” Freed from Desire ” was produced by Maurizio Molella and Filippo Andrea Carmeni and recorded at Planet Studio in Milano, Italy. Released in 1996 by record label ZYX, the German record label, the song was taken as the first single from Gala’s debut album, Come into My Life.
The Album, released in November 1997, produced four singles which all became hits for Gala. It was released under the Do It Yourself S.R.L. ( Do It Yourself Multimedia Group ) label.
The song took on a new lease of life when a Youtube user calling himself Kenno uploaded a video where he sings his modified version of ” Freed from Desire ”. The chant was about Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg.
Wigan Athletic is a professional association football club based in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. His idea was simple; he made a video of himself singing the words ” Will Grigg’s on fire, your defence is terrified ” to the tune of GALA’s hit single. His version became a favourite with fans, and the video went viral.
The cover was then remixed by English deep house production duo, Blonde. The pair is from Bristol, England and is made up of Jacob Manson and Adam Englefield. Their single, ” All Cried Out “, featuring Glee actor Alex Newell, reached Number One on the UK Dance Chart. The song climbed the iTunes UK Top 100 Chart, reaching the Top Ten.
Jacob Manson from Blonde was surprised at the success of the cover version. He said in an interview with thump.vice.com, the online music magazine ” We scrambled it together with Zak Abel for a laugh but once we realised that it could make money for such a good cause we were keen to help the charity to get it out there “.
The cover is in aid of the charity Joseph’s Goal, a foundation set up in honour of young Wigan fan Joseph Kendrick who is a Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia ( NKH ) sufferer.
” Freed from Desire ” was a commercial success for Gala. The song reached Number One in France and Belgium. In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart om the 19th of July 1997 and reached a peak of number two. The song spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fifteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 16, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Denmark (IFPI) 7, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 4, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 17, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 14, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Italy (Musica e dischi) 2, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 5, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 6, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 42, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 13
Official Website: Galasound.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/galasound
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Gala
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