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Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has returned to the studio to resume recording vocals for her next solo album, tentatively due in late summer/early fall.
In a recent interview with the Music Legends web site, Turunen stated about her upcoming CD: “We have recorded drums, guitars and bass for it already and at the moment we are finishing recording keyboards. The production will take until May next year, because I have several classical music tours in between that are breaking the process. If all goes fine, I hope that the album could be released in August/September [this] year.”
She added: “I have just recently found my style and sound so I would like to establish it with the third studio album. The elements on the album will remain the same as in my previous albums, also the versatile style of songs. I like to keep the big dynamic changes between my songs, so that album songs feel radically different from each other.
“I am not stressed at all this time, even though I am producing the album on my own again. I have been lucky to gather around a group of musicians who are willing to work with me, so everything is going smoothly.”
Tarja and her husband/manager Marcelo Cabuli recently became the parents of their first child.
Turunen, who currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her husband, kept her pregnancy a secret until the very end.
“Act I”, the first-ever live solo album from Tarja Turunen, was released in North America on September 4 in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-ray format via theEagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC.
The first-ever live audio/video offering from the former NIGHTWISHsoprano, “Act I” is a mammoth undertaking recorded and filmed with 10 HD cameras at the breathtaking Teatro El Círculo in Rosario, Argentina in March 2012. With an elaborate track listing of solo tunes, NIGHTWISHclassics and various covers, including a rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s “The Phantom Of The Opera”, Gary Moore‘s “Over The Hills And Far Away”, WHITESNAKE‘s “Still Of The Night” and a variety of video extras, “Act I” provides a full-fledged bill of fare to every diehardTarja fan.
Tarja‘s sophomore solo album, “What Lies Beneath”, sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 24 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.