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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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  1.   Song
  2.   Victim of Ritual
  3.   The Good Die Young
  4.   Little Lies
  5.   I Walk Alone
  6.   Falling Awake
  7.   Sing for Me
  8.   Victim Of Ritual (Summer Breeze Open Air 2014 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  9.   In For A Kill (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  10.   In For a Kill
  11.   Over the Hills and Far Away by Tarja Turunen
  12.   Ite, Missa Est
  13.   Undertaker
  14.   The Living End
  15.   Demon's in you
  16.   Paradise (What About Us)
  17.   Goldfinger
  18.   House of Wax
  19.   Shameless
  20.   Your Heaven and Your Hell
  21.   No Bitter End
  22.   Die Alive (Summer Breeze Open Air 2014 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  23.   Anteroom Of Death (Wacken Open Air 2014 / Wacken, Germany)
  24.   Neverlight (Tele-Club 2014 / Yekaterinburg, Russia)
  25.   500 Letters (Tele-Club 2014 / Yekaterinburg, Russia)
  26.   The Siren (Summer Breeze Open Air 2011 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  27.   Crimson Deep (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  28.   Stargazers
  29.   Signos
  30.   The Crying Moon
  31.   Wishmaster
  32.   Neverlight
  33.   Where Were You Last Night / Heaven Is a Place On Earth / Livin' On a Prayer
  34.   Never Enough
  35.   The Phantom of the Opera by Tarja Turunen
  36.   Oasis: The Archive of Lost Dreams by Tarja Turunen
  37.   Tired of Being Alone by Tarja Turunen
  38.   Nemo by Tarja Turunen
  39.   Into the Sun
  40.   Walking In the Air
  41.   En Etsi Valtaa Loistoa
  42.   Ave Maria
  43.   Walking in the Air by Tarja Turunen
  44.   Still of the Night
  45.   I Feel Immortal
  46.   Until My Last Breath
  47.   Underneath
  48.   The Archive of Lost Dreams
  49.   Rivers of Lust
  50.   Naiad
  51.   Montañas de Silencio
  52.   Dark Star
  53.   Crimson Deep
  54.   Anteroom of Death
  55.   You Would Have Loved This
  56.   Calling Grace
  57.   Ciarán's Well
  58.   Damned and Divine
  59.   Our Great Divide
  60.   Oasis
  61.   Boy and the Ghost
  62.   Die Alive
  63.   My Little Phoenix
  64.   Lost Northern Star
  65.   Seeking for the Reign
  66.   The Reign
  67.   Varpunen Jouluaamuna
  68.   En Etsi Valtaa Loistoa by Tarja Turunen
  69.   Ave Maria Op. 80
  70.   Witch Hunt
  71.   The Archive Of Lost Dreams (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  72.   The Siren
  73.   Arkihuolesi Kaikki Heitä
  74.   Poison
  75.   Eagle Eye
  76.   Damned And Divine (Tele-Club 2014 / Yekaterinburg, Russia)
  77.   Improvisation: Variations Sur Un Noël
  78.   Heinillä Härkien
  79.   Maa On Niin Kaunis
  80.   Jouluyo, Juhlayo by Tarja Turunen
  81.   Where Were You Last Night / Heaven Is a Place on Earth / Livin on a Prayer Medley
  82.   Minor Heaven
  83.   The Escape of the Doll
  84.   Astral Bells
  85.   I Walk Alone (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  86.   Until My Last Breath (Summer Breeze Open Air 2011 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  87.   An Empty Dream
  88.   Never Enough (Summer Breeze Open Air 2014 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  89.   I Feel Immortal (Summer Breeze Open Air 2011 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  90.   You Would Have Loved This by Tarja Turunen
  91.   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  92.   Jouluyö, Juhlayö
  93.   Sunset
  94.   Innocence