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Rockell (born Rachel Alexandra Mercaldo on March 4, 1977 in Long Island, New York) is a female freestyle/dance singer.

She was discovered in a bar while singing along to a recording of “Killing Me Softly With his Song” which caught the attention of music producer Ewart A. Wilson, Jr. ifellinloveIn 1996, Rockell released her debut single “I Fell in Love” which peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. In Canada, the song peaked at #8 on the Canadian Singles chart. inadreamIn 1997, she released her second single “In a Dream” (which was originally sung by girl group First Kiss and later by freestyle singer Josette). The song peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #6 on the Canadian singles chart. whatareyoulookinatOn April 28, 1998, Rockell released her debut album “What Are You Lookin’ At?” on the Robbins Entertainment record label. The album peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart. cantwetryRockell’s third single, a cover version of Dan Hill & Vonda Shepard’s song “Can’t We Try” featuring male freestyle singer Collage, peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song became Rockell’s highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date. whenimgoneThe last single from the album, a cover version of Albert Hammond’s song “When I’m Gone” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, but missed the Hot 100. instantpleasureOn October 10, 2000, Rockell released her sophomore album “Instant Pleasure” which didn’t appear to make the Billboard album charts. thedanceThe first single from the album, a cover version of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” failed to make the music charts at all. whatudid2meThe second single “What U Did 2 Me” peaked at #27 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. tearsThe third single from the album “Tears” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

After that, nothing much was heard from Rockell until 2005 when she released the single “L.O.V.E.” which received some dance radio airplay, but it’s unknown how or if it made the charts. playinmyloveIn the spring of 2007, Rockell recorded a single called “Playin’ My Love” and it was sent to dance/rhythmic format radio in July of that same year. In November of that same year, a freestyle remix by Salsation 3 was released. A nationwide tour with several dance artists including Joe Zangie was later announced. keepmehanginonAlso in November of that same year, Rockell released a dance cover version of the Supremes’ song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” on Odeon Records in Canada.

On June 3, 2009, Rockell released a duet single called “When I Want You Back” featuring Joe Zangie. During that same month, she released a dance cover version of Donna Summer’s song “On the Radio.”

In 2012, Rockell signed a new management deal with BlackCole Entertainment and in December of that same year, she released the single “Turn Up the Heat.” Rockell continues to be active in the music business and recently performed at the Freestyle Explosion 2013 concert.

To see a fan-made video for “I Fell in Love,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKYC4rZMf-A

To see a fan-made video for “In a Dream,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCoF1Y0L7bs

To see a fan-made video for “Can’t We Try” (featuring Collage), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lja0XcG8JZI

To see a fan-made video for “When I’m Gone,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA_zM5DzM3k

To see a fan-made video for “The Dance,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HAuTGi8OvE

To see the music video for “What U Did 2 Me,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA0NgST6Jnw

To see the music video for “Tears,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1-UE5Dj3wM

To see a fan-made video for “L.O.V.E.,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CdF8cZjNxg

To see a fan-made video for “Playin’ My Love,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Un8oyclcAg

To see a fan-made video for “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLi4n40hjsE

To see a fan-made video for “When I Want You Back” (featuring Joe Zangie), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0qQAwhry4

To see a fan-made video for “On the Radio,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-T6h4-iP_U

To see a fan-made video for “Turn Up the Heat,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5rmp-Tcqa0

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