TARJA TURUNEN Checks In From Stockholm

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has posted a new blog update from Stockholm, Sweden where she is completing the second leg of her European solo tour. A couple of excerpts follow.

"Second to last concert on this tour is ahead of us tonight. I am already getting a bit sad that this leg of my Storm in Europe 2008 tour has to end so soon.

"The Scandinavian shows have been quite challenging for me. I have realized that there is still a lot of work to do here for my record company and me in order to get my album available for my listeners.

The concerts have been very nice, though. Fans have been telling their thoughts about my music and performances and they have made me feel that it has been a good decision that I came here now. Of course, I am really looking forward to have a new chance to return as soon as possible. Hopefully with more enthusiasm from my working partners.

"I want to thank my Scandinavian fans for their patience and support.

"Yesterday I met my friends, the Swedish composers Mattias and Anders. We discussed about my next album and how we should proceed with it. I hope we will make some great songs together again. Having done that already, I am sure we can manage to create some killer songs for my new album. So brainstorming waits for us later this year!"

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Turunen released her new solo album, "My Winter Storm", in the U.S. at the end of February. The CD was 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.

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