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