Tarja Turunen Performs With Nightwish’s Marco Hietala For The First Time In 12 Years

Tarja Turunen and Marco Hietala took the stage together for the first time since Turunen’s departure from Nightwish in 2005. The performance took place on December 14 at the “Raskasta Joulua” concert at the Elenia Areena in Hämeenlinna, Finland.


Tarja Turunen (Ex-Nightwish) Premieres New Video For Solo Version Of “Feliz Navidad”

Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) has premiered a new video for “Feliz Navidad.” This track appears on her Christmas album “From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas),” which is available now. A new Barbuda Relief And Recovery Charity Version of “Feliz Navidad,” featuring numerous guests, will be released on December 8.

Tarja Turunen (Ex-Nightwish) Teams Up With Doro, Lacuna Coil, Amaranthe, Etc. Members For Charity Version Of “Feliz Navidad”

Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen has announced that she will be releasing a Barbuda Relief And Recovery Charity Version of “Feliz Navidad” digitally and on a limited edition 7″. It will be available on December 8, and proceeds are set to go towards the Caribbean island of Barbuda, which was hit by Hurricane Irma. earMUSIC will be doubling the amount of money raised as well. Turunen worked with following guests on this particular version: Michael Monroe, Doro Pesch, Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Marko Saaresto (Poets Of The Fall), Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius), Simone Simons (Epica), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation).

Tarja commented:

“The tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda has been devastated by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm recorded in history to sustain over 200 km per hour winds for 24 hours. Around 90% of the nation’s structures and vehicles have been destroyed. Irma passed over Barbuda early on Wednesday, 6th of September 2017, as a Category 5 hurricane. Barbuda is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and forms part of the state of Antigua and Barbuda. The island is now a near-deserted disaster zone. Almost all of its 1,500 residents were relocated to the sister island of Antigua. Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years.

“I have had a home in Antigua, Caribbean for quite a few years now. I have friends there, but mainly, I have seen how the locals live and how unprepared they are for this magnitude of destruction.

“I had just finished recording my winter album ‘From Spirits And Ghosts’ in Antigua before the hurricane hit the Caribbean. I was already immersed in Christmas feelings at that time and immediately it came to my mind that the people of Barbuda will have a very dark Christmas this year and in the years to come. I wanted to find a way to give them hope for a brighter future. So Christmas gave me the perfect excuse to call some dear friends and ask them to help me raise some funds for the people in Barbuda.

“We are going to donate all incomes generated from the version of ‘Feliz Navidad’ we recorded, and my record company earMUSIC will add a similar amount on top of it for the charity. When the time comes, I will personally make sure the donation is given to the right hands.

“I thank you all my friends Michael, Doro, Tony, Elize, Marko, Timo, Simone, Cristina, Joe, Floor, Hansi and Sharon from the bottom of my heart. I am very glad and honoured that you could be a part of this. Your voices will give hope and they will be heard.

“We need all of you to spread the word in order for fans and music lovers to get to know about this charity project. Is time to get together and to share our passion for this good cause. You can review the music style, production, sound or the performance of the ones involved, but this time the focus should be in a different place.

“Dear fans, I really hope that together we can make a change. If you are not used to download music or if you don’t collect vinyls, it shouldn’t stop you from helping. Do it this time for the people in Barbuda. Please share this song with all your friends and relatives and ask them to do the same.

“We wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts.”

7″ Track Listing:

Side A

01. Feliz Navidad (Barbuda Relief And Recovery Charity Version)

Side B

01. Feliz Navidad (Album Version)

Tarja Turunen (Ex-Nightwish) Premieres “O Tannenbaum” Video

Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) has premiered a new video for “O Tannenbaum.” This track appears on her new Christmas album “From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas),” which was released today (November 17). That effort features her take on Christmas classics, as well as one new song called “Together.”

Tarja Turunen (Ex-Nightwish) Premieres “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” Video

Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) has premiered a new video for “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” This track will appear on her new Christmas album “From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas),” which will be released on November 17. That effort will feature her take on Christmas classics, as well as one new song called “Together.”

Tarja Turunen (Ex-Nightwish) To Release “From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)” In November

Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) will release a new Christmas album titled “From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)” on November 17. The effort will feature her take on Christmas classics, as well as one new song called “Together.”

Turunen commented:

“Producing a dark Christmas album in the middle of the summer is a very interesting process, especially if you are doing it by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. It’s significantly different from the snowy Christmas that I am used to in my home country Finland — another proof that the darkness comes from deep within. On this album, I explored the other side of Christmas — the Christmas of the lonely people and the missing ones, the Christmas for those that do not find joy in the blinking lights and the jingle bells.”

“From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)” Track Listing:

01. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
02. “Together”
03. “We Three Kings”
04. “Deck The Halls”
05. “Pie Jesu”
06. “Amazing Grace”
07. “O Tannenbaum”
08. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
09. “God Rest Ye”
10. “Feliz Navidad”
11. “What Child Is This”
12. “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

Tarja Turunen (Ex-Nightwish) Releases “An Empty Dream” Music Video/Digital Single Bundle

Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) has premiered a new video for her song “An Empty Dream.” The track originally appeared on her “The Shadow Self” prequel, “The Brightest Void,” and is also now available as a digital single bundle. That bundle also comes with live tracks and more. You can read about all that in the below press release.

Press Release:


Today, Tarja surprises the fans that weren’t able to attend one of her many festival performances this summer by releasing a digital single bundle for her song “An Empty Dream”.

Says Tarja: “The song ‘An Empty dream’ was presented to me by the film director Mariano Cattaneo in Argentina. I gave it a listen, liked it and wished that I could work on it myself, in order to make it sound more like me. I rewrote the English lyrics after watching the movie and worked on the melodies. I also wrote the complete music for the middle 8 part. The movie version of this song is the vision of the composer and the movie director and the one you can find on my album is my vision of it. Just a bit different 🙂

We filmed a music video for the song in Buenos Aires at the same location where the movie itself was filmed. An old abandoned factory. Seriously a spooky looking and feeling space. I had the pleasure to work with the main actress of the movie, Ariadna Asturzzi, in the shootings and had a lot of fun with her and the rest of the film crew.
When I was thinking which song to add to this special single release from my latest album ‘The Shadow Self’, the song ‘Undertaker’ immediately came to my mind because it is a very score kind of song and I wrote it together with film composer Atli Örvarsson.

I had a big pleasure to visit Genelec’s Artist Room in Helsinki, Finland not so long ago. It was lovely to sing and record live and acoustically two very different kinds of songs, of which you can find the studio versions on my ‘The Brightest Void’ album. When I am singing these songs accompanied by acoustic instruments only, they become new to me and I really enjoy interpreting them all over again. It is interesting to see every time what is the outcome! I hope you enjoy these versions as much as I do.”

Having released not one but two studio albums in 2016, Tarja’s brand new digital single bundle revolves around “An Empty Dream” from her prequel “The Brightest Void”. The song that has been re-written and re-worked for the release of her studio album has its origin in the soundtrack of the Argentinean movie “Corazón Muerto”. The two versions, both different in their atmosphere, are included in the digital single bundle and, without a doubt, get under your skin with their gentle, romantic but yet horror movie feel.

Tarja’s crystal clear voice is only accompanied by a piano on the two beautiful, previously unreleased renditions of “House Of Wax”, a cover of Sir Paul McCartney’s overlooked gem, and her own “The Living End”. The stripped down versions have been recorded at the Genelec Artist Room in Helsinki, Finland this April.
The single bundle also includes one of Tarja’s favourite songs from the sequel album “The Shadow Self”, the delicious slice of symphonic metal “Undertaker”, as well as the official video to “An Empty Dream”.
The official music video for “An Empty Dream” can be watched on earMUSIC’s official youtube channel https://youtu.be/VkTzIEMlc38 as well as on the official album landing page http://www.tarja-theshadowself.com now.

The digital single bundle is available now:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/AnEmptyDream_iTunes
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/AnEmptyDream_Spotify

With the release of the worldwide chart successes “The Brightest Void” and “The Shadow Self”, the versatile singer has followed up on the success of the multi-platinum and gold awarded previous records “My Winter Storm” (2007), “What Lies Beneath” (2010) and “Colours In The Dark” (2013) which charted all over the globe including 4 Top 10 entries.

1. An Empty Dream
2. An Empty Dream (Movie Version)
3. Undertaker
4. House Of Wax (Live At Genelec Artist Room)
5. The Living End (Live At Genelec Artist Room)
6. An Empty Dream (Video)