Official Biography (courtesy of Soulville Records)
For all the black music lovers, Al Castellana doesn't really need an introduction: he's the biggest italian representative and a true pioneer of the italian soul music scene who has been influencing and impressing the public and critic since more than a decade, with his elegant interpretation, in an italiankey, of black music.
Starting from pure soulful influences, Al Castellana knows how to explore every single aspect of a music genre, always combining classic shades with the most actual hip hop sonorities.
Al starts to get noticed by the big audience around late 90's, when he teams up and sings with many italian artists such as Neffa, Fabri Fibra, Sottotono etc..
Especially with Neffa he starts a very prolific and fortunate collaborayion, that brings the issue of his first solo album "Niente di nuovo" (Jackpot/ Edel 2000) coproduced by himself.
Later on, Al Castellana faces new challenges as a performer, songwriter and also arranger. Other than a very solid collaboration with Patty Pravo, with his team SoulCombo (founded by Al himself along with musicians Nick Ardessi and Janfree) , Al produces Alan Sorrenti's unreleased work "Sott'acqua" (2003, Sony Bmg) and "Il mio diario" by Tormento (former Sottotono) and many more.
This artist also teams up with Soulville which is one oc the most acclaimed indie labels for black music in Italy: in 2006 in facts Al joins the first label's project "Soulvillains" (2006 Soulville Records/Hip Hop Hustlaz).In 2007 Al releases his sophomore solo album "Supafunkitsch!" through the Soulville label (Do it yourself-self).
In 2008 Al is included in the compilation "Funk in Italia" with the track "Resto con te" and in 2009 he is in the second solo album of italian rapper Ghemon with "Goccia a goccia".
2010 is the year of "L'antologia funk" by Cramps Records, a compilation in which Al Castellana is in with the song "Nonostante tutto". Al collaborates also with many other artists and specially with Fabri Fibra with who he reissues the track "Come te" (a track that he recorded a few years prior).
In the late 2011 Al releases his third solo album "Funk me to the moon"(Soulville Records/Soul Combo) that hits the italian soul/ r'n'b charts and goes number 1 on Itunes, other than receiving amazing reviews from Japan, the Uk, Canada, USA, Switzerland, France, Spain and Chile.
This album will also be released in Japan where it's acclaimed like "Best blue eyed soul album" according to the famous website "Urban next" for the year 2011.In Uk, Canada, Switzerland and Canada the album is warmly welcome in their local charts.
In 2013 Al writes and sings "Che tempi" a track included in Fabri Fibra's new album "Guerra e pace", that goes number 1 in the italian sales charts.
Al Castellana as an artist and as a producer, along with Daniele "Speed" Dibiaggio, co produces "Bless the ladies" with Soul Combo in March 2013 that hits another 1st spot in the Soul/ rnb digital sales charts in Italy and that receives positive critics in Usa. This album is released through the new label LADEMOTO RECORDS, inspired to release quality music in the soul, jazz, funk, rnb, hip hop scene. In June 2013 is the turn of the album called "Al Castellana & The Soul Combo" that combines the best of Al's latest works "Funk me to the moon" and " Bless the ladies" for the japanese label Urban Next/BBQ co ltd.
The artist is currently in the studio working on new projects such as his new solo album "Outside my window" that will be out around October 2013, anticipated by the single " Lucky man" that is also included in the "So soulfu Collection" compilation released in september 2013 , a collection of the best rnb and soul international indie artists which receives the applause as best soul and Soul/rnb collection of 2013 for the prestigious website soultracks.com