Capella Grey’s breakout single “Gyalis” appears to be just what he needed to get a discussion going around the proud Bronx native and his scorching Billboard Hot 100 hit that almost instantly became a fan favorite and certified summer anthem.
Capella’s song, which sample’s Juvenile’s “Back That A-- Up”, peaked at No. 3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, cracked the top 10 on Rhythmic Airplay and reached No. 25 on the overall Radio Songs chart.
The 26-year-old has already begun collaborating with other huge names in the industry including A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Dream Doll since signing to Capitol Record, clearly positioning himself to be a serious contender on the music scene.
Capella can now add a nomination for the 2021 Soul Train Awards to his list of achievements. Ahead of the celebration here are three things you should know about this year’s “Best New Artist” nominee Capella Grey.
He didn’t think too hard when creating “Gyalis”
The artist told Billboard, “It just popped in my head, it wasn't too much of a buildup or anything like that. When the “Back That A-- Up” sample plays in the club, it's a big moment.” He added, “Turning that into a whole uptown type of feel, I felt like that really shook the room. Once I got the inspiration for it, I just went for it.” Unlike most songs, “Gyalis” doesn’t have a hook or bridge.
Rapping isn’t his introduction to the music industry
Capella was already a successful songwriter and producer before his breakout smash with credits dating back to 2017. Though some of his work appears to be uncredited, his biggest hit seems to be “Love You Better” by King Combs featuring Chris Brown.
He’s a well trained musician
Not only can he rap, write, and produce, but the New Yorker plays several instruments including, the organ, drums, bass, guitar and piano.
Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.