The name Cappella was first used in the year 1987. In the beginning, they were a Hi-NRG act and the main man behind Cappella was the Italian producer Gianfranco Bortolotti of Media Records, with contributions from the likes of Michele Persona and Mauro Picotto. In 1988, the act debuted on the British charts 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 the singer Ettore Foresti.