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About Tarja

Best known as the female vocalist for Finnish gothic/symphonic metal act Nightwish, Tarja's prowess as a soprano landed her a place studying classical voice at the Sibelius Academy in Kuopio, where fellow student Tuomas Holopainen took her on as vocalist for his musical project, which was to be christened Nightwish. 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. October 2007 saw the release of her first solo album, My Winter Storm, which was released on Spinefarm Records. ~ Chris True

August 17, 1977