Of course MetalChicksRule.com loves Symphonic Metal singer Tarja Turunen
Is this even a question that we at Metal Chicks Rule love Tarja Turunen? She’s the one who started it all for Female Singers in the whole Symphonic Metal genre. There may have been female singers in Symphonic Metal before Tarja, but even if there were, everyone in the Symphonic Metal genre was at least somewhat influenced by her.
Born in August 17, 1977 in Finland, Tarja Turunen came to prominence in the band that is arguably best of genre – Nightwish. She was one of the co-founders of the band, along with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and guitarist Emppu Vuorinen back in 1996.
Their first album wasn’t exactly Metal and didn’t properly use Tarja’s voice. But their second album, 1998’s Oceanborn, wow!!! Tarja’s talent was unleashed on the world and became undeniable. She can sing.
With both a Mezzo-Soprano and Soprano range, Tarja is the real deal. She’s an Opera singer who sings Metal. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone with a working brain cell who thinks she doesn’t have a good voice.
Nightwish rose in Europe pretty fast, but in the States, not as fast. We didn’t know about Nightwish until their infamous album Once. We have one member of Metal Chicks Rule who says that Once is hands down the best album of the 2000s. We all love this album.
On this album, she sings both Metal and Opera and pulls them both off perfectly. She even has some experimental techniques on the song “The Siren.” You really need to hear this album if you haven’t already.
Unfortunately for us, after the tour, Nightwish dismissed Tarja. Long story.
We did get to catch her on that tour and she was amazing. She doesn’t move around much, but she doesn’t have to. She makes a lot of operatic movements with her arms and really draws a lot of attention that way. We mean, in a real good way. She has a commanding presence and definitely does not lack charisma. If you get a chance to see her perform live, take it.
So after Nightwish, she went solo. She lives in Argentina now with her husband and daughter.
Tarja Turunen guests vocals on a lot of songs. She did a duet with Sharon den Adel on the song “Paradise (What About Us?)” in which they sound fabulous together.
She was also the reason Simone Simons started singing.
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