Tarja (Finnish singer Tarja Turunen)

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Legal name: Tarja Turunen


Tarja Soile Susanna Cabuli (née Turunen; born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a light lyric soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves.

Turunen studied singing at Sibelius Academy and Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. She is well known as a professional classical lied singer but best known as the former lead vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, which she founded with Tuomas Holopainen and Emppu Vuorinen in 1996. Their combination of hard and fast guitar riffs with Turunen's dramatic, "operatic" lead vocals quickly achieved critical and commercial popularity. Their symphonic metal style, soon dubbed "opera metal", inspired many other metal bands and performers.

Turunen was dismissed from the band on October 21, 2005 for personal reasons. She started her solo career in 2006 with the release of a Christmas album called Henkäys ikuisuudesta. In 2007, Turunen released My Winter Storm, an album featuring various styles, including alternative rock and symphonic metal and started the Storm World Tour. Turunen released her third album, What Lies Beneath, in 2010. She also can be heard on the latest Scorpions record. She performed several concerts in Europe, playing in metal festivals including the Graspop Metal Meeting and the Wacken Open Air, before starting the What Lies Beneath World Tour, which lasted until April 8, 2012. Tarja's first live DVD Act I was filmed during this tour on March 30 and March 31, 2012 in Rosario, Argentina. Act I was released on August 24, 2012. On the 6th of May it was announced that the 4th album (released 28 August 2013) would be named Colours in the Dark. Tarja started the Colours in the Dark World Tour on October 17, 2013 to promote her new album. On 20 February it was revealed on the blog that a new version of the album called Left in the Dark would be released later this year and will feature different versions of the songs on the original Colours in the Dark. Tarja's second live DVD was filmed during the events of Beauty and the Beat featuring a big orchestra, choir, Mike Terrana and Tarja herself and was released on May 30. On the 29th of July, 2014 it was announced that Tarja will be one of the star coaches of the popular TV program The Voice of Finland. The show's fourth season would air in the spring of 2015 on Nelonen.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Henkäys ikuisuudesta Tarja 2
2007 My Winter Storm Tarja 7
2010 What Lies Beneath Tarja 3 5
2013 Colours in the Dark Tarja 5
2014 Beauty & the Beat Tarja Turunen & Mike Terrana 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2012 Act I Live Tarja 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 One Angel's Dream Tarja 1
2004 Yhden enkelin unelma Tarja 3
2006 You Would Have Loved This Tarja 1
2007 I Walk Alone Tarja 4
2008 Die Alive Tarja 1
2009 Maailman kauneimmat joululaulut Tarja 1
2009 Enough / Wisdom of Wind Tarja 1
2010 Falling Awake Tarja 3
2010 I Feel Immortal Tarja 3
2010 Until My Last Breath Tarja 2
2011 Underneath Tarja 1
2012 Into The Sun Tarja 1
2013 Never Enough Tarja 1
2013 Victim of Ritual Tarja 1
2013 500 Letters Tarja 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2008 The Seer EP Tarja 3
2008 I Walk Alone (extended) Tarja 1
2014 Left in the Dark Tarja 2

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