The name Cappella was first used in 1987. In the beginning, they were a Hi-NRG influenced house act with producer Gianfranco Bortolotti of Media Records leading the group, with significant contributions from fellow producers Stefano Lanzini, Diego Leoni and Pieradis Rossini. In 1988, the act debuted on the UK Singles Chart with the song “Bauhaus (Push the Beat)”, and the following year with “Helyom Halib” which peaked at number 11. At the time, the act was fronted by model Ettore Foresti.
Three years later, Cappella scored another UK top 30 hit with “Take Me Away”, which sampled Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation” – the same track that had been sampled on the number 1 hit “Ride On Time” by fellow Italian house act Black Box in 1989.