Having released her "My Winter Storm" album last November, then followed this up with her first solo mini-tour in support of the CD, former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has confirmed that her new single will be the rousing "Die Alive". Produced by Daniel Presley and taken from "My Winter Storm", "Die Alive" will is backed up by a suitably dramatic video (shot by director Uwe Flade, whose previous credits include RAMMSTEIN, DEPECHE MODE and FRANZ FERDINAND) plus a freshly remixed version of album track "Lost Northern Star"; the remix was done especially for this release by celebrated producer/performer/musician Peter Tägtgren — a man whose Abyss Studios now stands as a veritable magnet for international hard rock talent.
Tarja rounded off 2007 in style with a couple of major award nominations — at the Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent) and the Echo Awards in Germany — and plans are now underway for a run of European headline shows this spring, including a visit to the UK, as a way of building on the success of her introductory live work last year.
Tarja Turunen's video for "Die Alive", can be viewed below. The clip was shot on December 9, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.
Turunen will release her new solo album, "My Winter Storm", in the U.S. on February 26, 2008. The CD will be made available in two exclusive U.S. versions via Fontana: the standard and deluxe editions (the latter featuring extra tracks not released elsewhere, as well visually stimulating bonus DVD content).
"My Winter Storm" 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.