Gouryella is a solo trance project of Dutch musician Ferry Corsten. Gouryella was originally a Dutch production team, comprising Corsten and Tiësto, who later left in 2001. The word itself means “heaven” in the Australian aboriginal language.
In 1998, Dutch musicians Ferry Corsten and Tiësto collaborated to create Gouryella. In time there were twenty separate album releases of the first four Gouryella tracks from nine different record labels. One of those albums was In Search of Sunrise. Gouryella has produced eight tracks: “Gouryella”, “Gorella”, “Walhalla”, “In Walhalla”, “Tenshi”, “Ligaya”, “Anahera” and “Neba”. “Gorella” and “In Walhalla” were B-sides and were not released in the UK, although they did appear on the respective German and Dutch import albums.
The first single, “Gouryella”, was released in May 1999 and became a huge hit scoring various chart positions around the world, including a top fifteen position in the UK Singles Chart. A remix vinyl, containing remixes by Armin van Buuren and Colin Tevendale and Stuart Crichton under their Gigolo alias, was released later. After the success of “Gouryella”, Corsten and Tiësto hit the studio together again and came up with their more commercially orientated follow-up single, entitled “Walhalla”. The single, which also included a remix from Armin, as well as Hybrid, was released in September. Complemented with vocals by Rachel Spier, “Walhalla” became again an international success and solidified Gouryella’s status as a production duo. This reputation was backed up when both singles were certified Gold on record sales.