Following the sensational success of Act I, the first ever live solo offering from legendary Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, TARJA TURUNEN, Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, is delighted to announce the renewal of their collaboration for an exciting set of new releases spanning the next few years.
Set to commence with the long-awaited new studio rock album, the following months will entail many musical adventures for the versatile and talented artist, including the spectacular Beauty And The Beat 2013 tour, scheduled to be filmed later this year, and a first-ever all-classical studio offering which follows the success of her award-winning Harus – Live At Sibelius Hall release.
In addition, TARJA fans will be pleased to know that the follow-up to 2010’s What Lies Beneath will hit stores later this Summer. The as-yet-untitled album, mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2), is set to be the iconic vocalist’s next milestone for symphonic heavy rock thanks to a stellar lineup and a state-of-the-art production. Further details including a new single, video and extensive worldwide tour will be announced in the coming weeks.
Act I topped charts throughout Europe, with a sensational no. 5 in Germany’s General Charts (an unusual result for a live album). The video version held steady for over two months at the peak of the Finnish music video charts. Fans can follow TARJA’s work and musical journey to her new album via her website at: http://wwww.tarja2013.com.
“TARJA has an extraordinary voice and is an extremely charismatic singer, qualities that Act 1 shows off extraordinarily well. Her voice has deepened and darkened is recent years while losing none of her upper range, resulting in a tone that can be treacle dark and syrupy, rich and warm and velvet but also silvery light and nimble, as each song demands.” – About.com
“A finely honed release from the undisputed queen of symphonic metal.” 4.5/5″ – One Metal
“TARJA’s voice is simply stunning and this album shows that she can perform live just as perfectly as she can record in the studio – which is how it should be but some singers do struggle with live shows, particularly of this length, yet there’s none of that here – TARJA sounds flawless throughout.” – Planet Mosh
“…an excellent live metal release…” – Sea Of Tranquility
“’A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ said Lao Tzu. And this is especially true for Act I. It is also a Step I, the first live album TARJA has produced since her days in Nightwish and a statement that her solo career will continue at all costs. — Reflections of Darkness