TARJA TURUNEN Performs At Finnish Independence Celebration; Video Available

December 7, 2007

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen performed last night (Thursday, December 6) at a special event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Finland's independence. The concert took place at Tapiola LänsiAuto Areena with Tapiola Sinfonietta, conducted by Tuomas Hannikainen. The show was broadcast live on Finnish YLE TV2. Watch Tarja's performance in three parts:

Part 1: This is the first appearance which contains three short operatic songs in Swedish and Finnish.

Part 2: This is the second appearance where Tarja sings "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of England, in Finnish.

Part 3: This is the third appearance where Tarja sings an old version of the Finnish national anthem by F.A. Ehrenström

Turunen's new solo album, "My Winter Storm", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 3. The CD, which reportedly was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies on the day of the LP's release (November 14),landed on the Finnish chart at No. 1 and has since moved down to position No. 4.

Tarja's new single, "I Walk Alone", entered the German chart at position No. 16.

"My Winter Storm" will be released in North America on February 26, 2008. The CD was produced by Daniel Presley (FAITH NO MORE, JEWEL, THE BREEDERS),who has been joined in the studio by a truly stellar line-up of musicians: Doug Wimbish on bass (LIVING COLOUR, ANNIE LENNOX, JOE SATRIANI, JEFF BECK, MADONNA, ROLLING STONES),Alex Scholpp on electric guitars (FARMER BOYS) and Earl Harvin on drums (SEAL, PET SHOP BOYS, AIR),a player personally selected by Tarja after she saw him stealing the show at a SEAL concert. Keyboards and programming, meanwhile, are being provided by Torsten Stenzel, whose previous credits include NELLY FURTADO, MOBY, TINA TURNER, VANESSA MAE and more.

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