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Tarja

Best known as the female vocalist for Finnish gothic/symphonic metal act Nightwish, Tarja (full name Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen) was born on August 17, 1977, in Kitee, Finland. Her prowess as a soprano landed her a place studying classical voice at the Sibelius Academy in Kuopio, where fellow student Tuomas Holopainen took on Tarja as vocalist for his musical project, which was to be christened Nightwish in 1996. Tarja continued to pursue solo interests during her time recording and touring with Nightwish, including a solo in a 1999 rock ballet, a 2002 tour of South America, and a 2004 Christmas single, entitled "Yhden Enkelin Unelma" (One Angel's Dream). In 2005, Tarja was asked (via "open letter") to leave Nightwish, the rest of the band citing financial and personal concerns. A public display of he-said/she-said followed, and Tarja became a solo artist full-time. After her forced departure, Tarja made some live appearances, as well as an appearance on an album of her brother's work before beginning work on an album of her own. October 2007 saw the release of that first solo album, My Winter Storm, which was released on Spinefarm Records. In 2009 she began work on her second solo effort, taking time out to record a duet with Klaus Meine of the Scorpions, "The Good Die Young," which appeared on the veteran group's 2010 album Sting in the Tail. In the fall of 2010, Tarja's second solo album, What Lies Beneath, was released; an ambitious effort combining classical and metal elements, Tarja supported the release with extensive touring, including a series of German dates opening for Alice Cooper. In 2013, Tarja's third solo effort, Colours in the Dark, was released; the album was a commercial success, rising to the top ten of the album charts in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Poland, Russia, and the UK. Tarja also made a guest appearance on the EP Paradise (What About Us?) by the Dutch group Within Temptation. ~ Chris True, Rovi
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I stand in awe
Better with nightwish than solo but still just powerful and beautiful voice always
Just speechless! !
She is so powerful!!!! !
I LOVE her. She has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. I wish she would tour the U.S. Maybe her management doesn't think they'd make enough money doing so, which is beyond sad. She has SO much talent. She's my favorite.
duranwl
I do think anette is better tarja or floor
I really like her voice, and her style. Though I've always been more of an Annette person, I liked Tarja's work with Nightwish as well.
I think she was better with nightwish
Don't like at all....
gorgeous voice liked her with night wish and on her own .
klswin5
I love her soprano voice the my winter storm cover makes me think of Elsa from frozen
Back in the Mountain . Watching "Desolation of Smaug". Perfect !
Great Soprano Voice!
Nightingale! My nightingale! So peaceful,so calm,beautif u l voice.....Th i s is a music for me!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! L o v e !
Even though I like Tarja more than Annette doesn't mean I dislike her,like really there's no need of saying who's better both of them made Nightwish f**king awsome or, otherwise the band would've been a lot different I guess.
trailbraker0 0 0
Oasis lyrics via google translate:

Shadow of goodness covers the tear
One found will take a step
Peace may, cradle to sleep
Hope remains, a way to love
The road to a deep freedom
I love Tarja , Her and Nightwish are awesome !
Llnsey sterling
So hauntingly beautiful! What a gift
One of the best vocalists alive. <3
@ calebinvents Prepare yourself for a shock. Popular does not equal better, just look at the most popular videos on youtube. Bunch of stupid sheep.
nekoangeli88
To those who are having negative comments about tarja, why don't you all try to sing opera? It's not easy to sing, natural or not. You are comparing two different singers with a different style in the music. That's like comparing apples to oranges. Both are good in their own way.
bush.anna89
I listen to her and nightwish. She has such a wonderful voice. I wish she was still with nightwish!
iloveart77
I love Tarja but I do not like a lot of her solo stuff(I do really like a few though). I miss her in Nightwish:)
lonewolf36
kangerou28.. y o u are so shallow..Ann e t t e Was a fabulous vocalist, much more versatile than Tarja's tired wanna-be opera singer voice , was Not complimentar y to the fabulous music of Toumas! Annette Ruled!
lonewolf36
Annette has a much more natural voice..A trained voice, dosn't always mean good..her voice is not pleasing to my ear..! If you want sing opera..you better be damn great! Sarah Brightman Rules! Tarja's Falsetto falls..

lonewolf36
I like the music and lyrics far better than her voice
I did like Tarja in Nightwish for a while, but I did personally grow tired of her voice after a while. That being said, Nightwish was definitely at it's peak when she WAS among them. But that's just my opinion anyway. So nobody get bent out of shape over that.
I miss Tarja being in Nightwish. She completed them.
the best female singer
Tarja voice and style rule.
My favorite singer on Nightwish is Marco...
I don't know who you are @kagerou228 but that's exactly how I felt about Annette. I saw Nightwish in concert the week before Annette left the band and I can honeslty say that she has nothing compared to Tarja. She is just so stereotypica l l y bland. I'm curious as to who her permanent replacement will be.
Tarja never ceases to amaze me. She has by far the best voice on Earth. I miss her in Nightwish (Annette is good too though). Solo or not she is great!
She has a gorgeous voice, and whether she is broadcast on here in nightwish tunes, or her solo music, it's very enjoyable. Annette is good, but i believe Tarja has a more natural, more fluid voice, and Nemo is by far my favourite Nightwish tune
THANK you, @karaouq! You expressed my opinions exactly!
patryn1
I didn't really like nightwish with Tarja. I like out better now especially since they can focus on the talents of the whole band now
i like both singers so..yeah nightwish is still awesome
calebinvents
of the most popular songs, such as amaranth, were sung by anette. Though I haven't heard it yet, most people I hear say that Imaginaerum is the best album yet, which anette sings. Once again though, they still wouldn't have gotten their without Tarja. Just stop the hate.
calebinvents
ugh, accidentally hit enter. Whats more, you can't really compare Tarja and Anette on equal ground. To quote albert einstein if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will always believe it is stupid Tarja had a great opera voice, which really made nightwish have a special sound. Anette, in my opinion, is far better at the more rock like songs. They are both insanely awesome at their respective strengths. You could also just look at the stats. Tarja made nightwish famous, but some
calebinvents
I loved Tarja for nightwish, and I love Anette for nightwish, Why don't we all just drop the fight about who is/was better and move on with our lives? We can't live in the past. If you hate anette just listen to Tarja's old stuff and solo act. If you like anette, just listen to her. It really isn't that hard people.
I THINK TARJA IS STILL AWSOME EVEN ON HER OWN
Ite, Missa Est has a great sound! I just wish it was a full song--instru m e n t a l , no vocals. (no offense, but some songs just sound better with just instruments)
kagerou228
Ack was cut off....anywa y meant to say Nightwish will never be as good as they have the potential to be because Annette will always hold them back. They need a better singer.
kagerou228
Enhymn, true he wrote the music. And also true while Tarja's voice is beautiful, any classically trained singer could replace her. However, he DIDN'T replace her with a singer of equal caliber. He replaced her with a mediocre singer thereby weakening Nightwish. You can have the greatest music in the world but if the musicians and the vocalist don't deliver on it, it's for nothing. They are the ones that bring it to life. Bringing Annette in was a big mistake on his part. Because of that they wil
Any woman with a Mezzo-Supran o voice could replace Tarja. Nightwish is who they are because of Tuomas Holopainen and his creativity, vision and skill- and the ambiance that brings. He brought in Tarja, she brought her voice, and he made her what she is. He made- and makes Nightwish. That said, Annette was a mistake. You heard it here first.
lier ryuseiju, u are even usa citizin????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Tarja was too much of a Diva and about the money. She didnt want to tour in america anymore because they werent big here. Thats a big slap in the face of her fans here. I personally drove from Florida to Montreal one year to see them. She is amazing with them, and Annette isnt even close, but I still support the band. They made it clear her attitude and the meddling of her husband was causing undue stress to the band.
wow. nuff said.
juliajean17
Wow.
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