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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, with 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, she 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 U.K. and charted in 12 countries overall. Tarja also made a guest appearance on the EP Paradise (What About Us?) by the Dutch group Within Temptation. In 2015, Tarja issued her third live album, Luna Park Ride, which was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In March 2016, she announced two new studio albums. The first, Brightest Void: The Prequel was issued in June and included guest appearances from Michael Monroe (a duet on the single "Your Heaven and Your Hell"), Chad Smith, and Within Temptation. She performed the set during a summer tour that also featured material from The Shadow Self, which was released in August. ~ Chris True
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Selected Discography

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Track List: What Lies Beneath

1. Anteroom Of Death

2. Until My Last Breath

3. Dark Star

4. Underneath

5. Little Lies

6. Rivers Of Lust

7. In For A Kill

9. Falling Awake

10. The Archive Of Lost Dreams

11. Crimson Deep

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Track List: My Winter Storm

1. Ite Missa Est

2. I Walk Alone

3. Lost Northern Star

4. Seeking For The Reign

5. The Reign

6. The Escape Of The Doll

7. My Little Phoenix

8. Boy And The Ghost

9. Sing For Me

10. Oasis

11. Poison

12. Our Great Divide

13. Sunset

14. Damned And Divine

15. Die Alive

16. Minor Heaven

17. Ciaran's Well

18. Calling Grace

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Track List: Colours in the Dark

1. Victim of Ritual

2. 500 Letters

3. Lucid Dreamer

4. Never Enough

5. Mystique Voyage

6. Darkness

7. Deliverance

8. Neverlight

9. Until Silence

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Track List: Never Enough (Single)

1. Never Enough

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Track List: The Shadow Self

1. Innocence

2. Demon's In You (Feat. Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz)

3. No Bitter End

4. Love To Hate

5. Supremacy (Muse Cover)

6. Living End

7. Diva

8. Eagle Eye

9. Undertaker

10. Calling From The Wild

11. Too Many

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Tarja is absolutely one of the Best! ... apologies to all before I write ... unfortunatel y , the song writing skills of Nightwish (Tuomas H et al) simply overshadows that of her band ... which is what made the NW / Tarja combination such a powerhouse.. . .
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Tarja is Real Gothika Operatics!
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jamesrgray8
Beautiful woman with a beautiful voice. Love to listen to her albums while riding my Harley.
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Her eyes are beautiful.
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burbtum
there are ravens in the yukon and alaska that sound like her. kind of like a click/bell/r a w a r r .
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irishdrop
she most certainly does NOT need nightwish! she is a force all her own!
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I love Tarja too bad she left Nightwish... . . . a w e s o m e singer
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Pandora user: MartyvH introduced me to Tarja.
Thank you MartyvH !
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Beautiful
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littlejones2 0 0 3
Tarja!!!!!
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Nothing Orher than True! Alone. Yes .
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She is the best.
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Mean "Tarja".
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True "GOTH ".... Opera Drama! Only 2 Voices are this Amazing. Sharon Den Adel & Starks! PeaceOut
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So much better than the other Nighwish singers.
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I stand in awe
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Better with nightwish than solo but still just powerful and beautiful voice always
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Just speechless! !
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She is so powerful!!!! !
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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.
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duranwl
I do think anette is better tarja or floor
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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.
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I think she was better with nightwish
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Don't like at all....
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gorgeous voice liked her with night wish and on her own .
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klswin5
I love her soprano voice the my winter storm cover makes me think of Elsa from frozen
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Back in the Mountain . Watching "Desolation of Smaug". Perfect !
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Great Soprano Voice!
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Nightingale! My nightingale! So peaceful,so calm,beautif u l voice.....Th i s is a music for me!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! L o v e !
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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.
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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
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I love Tarja , Her and Nightwish are awesome !
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Llnsey sterling
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So hauntingly beautiful! What a gift
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One of the best vocalists alive. <3
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@ calebinvents Prepare yourself for a shock. Popular does not equal better, just look at the most popular videos on youtube. Bunch of stupid sheep.
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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.
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bush.anna89
I listen to her and nightwish. She has such a wonderful voice. I wish she was still with nightwish!
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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:)
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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!
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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..

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lonewolf36
I like the music and lyrics far better than her voice
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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.
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I miss Tarja being in Nightwish. She completed them.
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the best female singer
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Tarja voice and style rule.
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My favorite singer on Nightwish is Marco...
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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.
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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!
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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
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