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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.   Victim of Ritual
  5.   Little Lies
  6.   Falling Awake
  7.   Ite, Missa Est
  8.   Ave Maria by Tarja Turunen
  9.   Over the Hills and Far Away by Tarja Turunen
  10.   The Crying Moon
  11.   Signos
  12.   Oasis
  13.   Paradise (What About Us)
  14.   Your Heaven and Your Hell
  15.   Until My Last Breath (Summer Breeze Open Air 2011 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  16.   Crimson Deep (Masters of Rock 2010 / Vizovice, Czech Republic)
  17.   Tired of Being Alone by Tarja Turunen
  18.   Ciaran's Well by Tarja Turunen
  19.   Naiad by Tarja Turunen
  20.   Dark Star by Tarja Turunen
  21.   Walking In the Air
  22.   Astral Bells
  23.   The Archive of Lost Dreams
  24.   Minor Heaven
  25.   You Would Have Loved This by Tarja Turunen
  26.   The Siren (Summer Breeze Open Air 2011 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  27.   The Reign
  28.   Falling Awake by Tarja Turunen
  29.   Seeking for the Reign
  30.   Jouluyo, Juhlayo by Tarja Turunen
  31.   En Etsi Valtaa Loistoa by Tarja Turunen
  32.   Die Alive (Summer Breeze Open Air 2014 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  33.   Anteroom of Death
  34.   Until My Last Breath by Tarja Turunen
  35.   Die Alive by Tarja Turunen
  36.   Lost Northern Star
  37.   Demon's in you
  38.   Shameless
  39.   An Empty Dream
  40.   Victim Of Ritual (Summer Breeze Open Air 2014 / Dinkelsbühl, Germany)
  41.   Damned And Divine (Tele-Club 2014 / Yekaterinburg, Russia)