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Tarja Turunen

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Date of Birth:17 August 1977
Birthplace:Kitee, Finland
Age:32
First Name:Tarja
Last Name:Turunen
Build:Slim
Height:5' 5" (165 cm)
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Black
Star Sign:Leo
Claim to Fame:original member and former female vocalist of Finnish metal band Nightwish
Occupation Category:Singer
Nationality:Finnish
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Biography for Tarja Turunen

Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen Cabuli (born 17 Aug. 1977 (42 years ago)) is a Finnish singer-songwriter, composer and actress, whose work includes two solo albums, with the third coming in 2010 (9 years ago).

She's best known as original member and the former lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic power metal quintet Nightwish (6 walls), founded by her beside Tuomas Holopainen and Erno Vuorinen in 1996 (23 years ago), with the first studio album, Angels Fall First, released in Nov. 1, 1997 (22 years ago). She was dismissed from the band on 22 Oct. 2005 (14 years ago) after nine years, in the end of the Once Upon a Tour. In 2006 (13 years ago), Tarja released a Christmas album, Henkäys Ikuisuudesta, with a support classical tour between Nov. 25 and dec. 26. In 2007 (12 years ago), Tarja released My Winter Storm, an album with various styles, including alternative rock and symphonic metal, that sold over 500.000 copies worldwide. The support tour, Storm World Tour, started in Nov. 25, 2007 (12 years ago), and ended at London in Oct. 19, 2009 (10 years ago), selling out.

Tarja is Finland's most successful singer, with 3 gold awards and 3 platinum awards, having been called "the voice of Finland" by Tarja Halonen, the Finnish president.

Career

Tarja with Nightwish

Born in Kitee, Finland, Turunen began to study music at the age of six, and moved to the city of Kuopio at the age of eighteen to study at the Sibelius Academy. She became a founding member of Nightwish (6 walls) in 1996 (23 years ago) when her classmate Tuomas Holopainen invited her to join his new musical project. That year Turunen also performed with the Savonlinna Opera Festival. However, she did not become internationally famous until the release of Nightwish's successful follow-up album, Oceanborn, in 1998 (21 years ago).

Turunen sang solo in Waltari's rock-themed 1999 (20 years ago) ballet Evankeliumi (also known as Evangelicum) in several sold-out performances at the Finnish National Opera. She continued to tour and record with Nightwish (6 walls) through 2000 (19 years ago) and 2001 (18 years ago), after which she enrolled in Karlsruhe, Germany's Music University. While there, she recorded vocals for Nightwish's 2002 (17 years ago) album Century Child and for Beto Vázquez Infinity.

In 2002 (17 years ago), Turunen toured South America, performing in the classical Lied concert Noche Escandinava (Scandinavian Night), again to sold-out houses. Following this and an exhausting world tour in support of Century Child, Nightwish (6 walls) took a hiatus and Turunen returned to Karlsruhe.

Finnish president Tarja Halonen and her husband invited Turunen to the President's Palace in Helsinki in dec. 2003 (16 years ago) for the Finnish Independence Day Party, Finland's biggest social event, where the viewers of Finnish TV station Yle named her the most impressively dressed lady, among honors given by several newspapers and magazines.

After the hiatus, Turunen rejoined Nightwish (6 walls) for the album Once and supporting world tour throughout 2004-2005, and embarked on a second Noche Escandinava tour in the spring of 2004 (15 years ago). For Christmas 2004 (15 years ago), she released the single "Yhden Enkelin Unelma" (One Angel's Dream), which sold gold in her native country, Finland. For the spring of 2005 (14 years ago), she prepared a collaboration with Germany's Martin Kesici, the duet "Leaving You for Me", also accompanied by a video. On 21 Oct. 2005 (14 years ago), Turunen was asked to leave Nightwish (6 walls) in an open letter by the other members of Nightwish (6 walls), citing her "changed attitude" and increased financial interest. She responded through another open letter, which was posted on her website in both Finnish and English (the letter can no longer be found on her website, but is available on a fan page ). In Feb. 2006 (13 years ago), Tarja's husband Marcelo posted a message to her website addressing the situation, and asked for anyone who had questions pertaining to the issues between Tarja and the rest of the band to email him. Marcelo then posted a lengthy reply to many of the questions he had received in Jun. 2006 (13 years ago). In that answers he refutes the accusation that she became greedy.

Solo career

In dec. 2005 (14 years ago), Turunen performed several Christmas concerts in Finland, Germany, Spain and Romania. 2006 (13 years ago) was not a break year for Turunen, who recorded a Christmas album and vocals for her brother Timo Turunen's debut album. She also made an appearance at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

The following day, 17 September, Tarja's solo dates were announced across Europe. The currently confirmed cities are Berlin, London, Moscow, Budapest, Athens, Cologne, Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich.

In Oct. 2007 (12 years ago) a street team endorsed by Universal Music and Spinefarm UK was launched for Tarja through UK-based company Worst Decision. The team's aim is to help promote Tarja's upcoming single, album and tour with the help of dedicated fans, the most dedicated of which will be eligible to receive free gifts for their work. While currently aimed mainly at the UK market it is hoped that many members from all over the world will join to help spread the word about Tarja throughout the UK, Europe and around the world.

Tarja's first independent album, My Winter Storm, was released in Nov. 2007 (12 years ago) and achieved gold status in Finland on the day of release. The album took the number 1 spot on the Finnish charts, went platinum in Finland and gold in Russia. My Winter Storm has also achieved gold in Hungary and in the Czech Republic. Tarja also sings on the track "In The Picture" on Nuclear Blast Allstars' album Into The Light, 2007 (12 years ago).

In late 2007 (12 years ago) Tarja was nominated for two awards, an "ECHO" as best newcomer and an "Emma" for best Finnish artist. She was also confirmed to headline day one of the 2008 (11 years ago) Metal Female Voices Fest in Wieze, Belgium.

On 9 May 2008 (11 years ago), Tarja embarked on a long European tour to promote My Winter Storm, Storm Tour. She chose to open the tour by performing at Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig, Germany. Turunen has also told fans via her My Winter Storm blog that she is relocating to Antigua to work with the same producer as before, and that she has many ideas for her third album, currently in progress.

In Jul. 2008 (11 years ago), she announced two tracks in the My Winter Storm blog: "The Crying Moon" for the new album, and "Enough", for one special edition of My Winter Storm. So, on Aug. 2008 (11 years ago) she played "Enough" in her Storm Tour, in South America 2008 (11 years ago).

On 10 sep. 2008 (11 years ago), a Spinefarm UK representative announced that they will be releasing an EP for Tarja on 1 dec. which will include new material. In dec. 2008 (11 years ago) The Seer EP was released in the U.K. and the new extended edition of My Winter Storm released on Jan. 2, 2009 (10 years ago).

Tarja is currently recording her second album, What Lies Beneath, which is set for a 2010 (9 years ago) release.

Discography

  • Albums:
  • 2006 (13 years ago): Henkäys Ikuisuudesta
  • 2007 (12 years ago): My Winter Storm
  • Singles:
  • 2004 (15 years ago): "Yhden Enkelin Unelma"
  • 2006 (13 years ago): "You Would Have Loved This"
  • 2007 (12 years ago): "I Walk Alone"
  • 2008 (11 years ago): "Die Alive"
  • 2009 (10 years ago): "Enough" 1
  • 2005 (14 years ago): "Leaving You For Me" (with Martin Kesici)

Music videos

  • 2007 (12 years ago): "I Walk Alone"
  • 2008 (11 years ago): "Die Alive"


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