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