Influenced by early American folk, the sixties psychedelia and by such groups as The Band, Wilco and The Mountain Goats, songwriters Lauren Chase and Alissa Leonard began playing together at sixteen. Along with bassist Nell Roland they formed Isabella Parole in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2000, they self-released thier first full length album and supported it with an east coast tour. Soon after Chase, Leonard and Roland moved to Tallahassee, Florida to attend Florida State University and adopted several Tally musicians to play with the band. For the next three years IP recorded several EPs, became multi-instrumentalists and played shows through the depths of Tallahassee, Florida from the Beta Bar to Barnacle Bills.
In 2004, Chase and Leonard relocated to Chicago, Illinois and were introduced to drummer Shelly Uehara through fellow Chicago musician Mark Janka of The Lesser Birds of Paradise and formed Manatella. The power trio consisted of pungent beats, catchy melodies and lead bass. In 2004 they recorded the EP Crack Is The New Black with producer Jeff Panall at Husband Studios in Chicago. Crack proved to be a local favorite full of rich lyrics and energetic drumming resulting in gigs at infamous Chicago clubs such as The Abbey Pub, Open End Gallery and The Empty Bottle.
After returning to Jacksonville, Florida in 2008 Manatella recorded at The Glow Studio in Athens, GA and Warehouse Studios in Jacksonville, FL while playing shows throughout Florida and Georgia. After a few year hiatus Chase and Leonard have returned to playing under the name Isabella Parole and are writing songs for a new album.