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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.   The Good Die Young
  3.   I Walk Alone
  4.   Falling Awake
  5.   Victim of Ritual
  6.   Little Lies
  7.   Poison
  8.   Crimson Deep (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  9.   Where Were You Last Night / Heaven Is a Place On Earth / Livin' On a Prayer
  10.   Over the Hills and Far Away by Tarja Turunen
  11.   Walking in the Air by Tarja Turunen
  12.   Minor Heaven
  13.   Paradise (What About Us)
  14.   The Escape of the Doll
  15.   Your Heaven and Your Hell
  16.   The Archive Of Lost Dreams (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  17.   The Phantom of the Opera by Tarja Turunen
  18.   Lost Northern Star by Tarja Turunen
  19.   Walking In the Air
  20.   Heinillä Härkien
  21.   Damned and Divine
  22.   Oasis
  23.   Dark Star
  24.   Anteroom Of Death (Wacken Open Air 2014 / Wacken, Germany)
  25.   Improvisation: Variations Sur Un Noël
  26.   House of Wax
  27.   Jouluyö, Juhlayö
  28.   Into the Sun by Tarja Turunen
  29.   Jouluyo, Juhlayo by Tarja Turunen
  30.   En Etsi Valtaa Loistoa
  31.   Ave Maria by Tarja Turunen
  32.   Ave Maria Op. 80
  33.   My Little Phoenix by Tarja Turunen
  34.   Stargazers
  35.   I Walk Alone (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  36.   Lost Northern Star
  37.   An Empty Dream
  38.   Eagle Eye
  39.   Never Enough (Summer Breeze Open Air 2014 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  40.   Damned And Divine (Tele-Club 2014 / Yekaterinburg, Russia)
  41.   In For A Kill (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  42.   The Crying Moon
  43.   Never Enough
  44.   Crimson Deep by Tarja Turunen
  45.   Tired of Being Alone by Tarja Turunen
  46.   Ciaran's Well by Tarja Turunen
  47.   Boy and the Ghost by Tarja Turunen
  48.   Little Lies by Tarja Turunen
  49.   Dark Star by Tarja Turunen
  50.   Maa On Niin Kaunis
  51.   Arkihuolesi Kaikki Heitä
  52.   Still of the Night
  53.   Until My Last Breath
  54.   Underneath
  55.   In For a Kill
  56.   You Would Have Loved This
  57.   Calling Grace
  58.   Ciarán's Well
  59.   Our Great Divide
  60.   Boy and the Ghost
  61.   Die Alive
  62.   My Little Phoenix
  63.   The Reign
  64.   In for a Kill by Tarja Turunen
  65.   Witch Hunt