Birth Name: Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen
Place of Birth: Kitee, Finland
Date of Birth: 17 August, 1977
Ethnicity: Finnish, Karelian
Tarja Turunen is a Finnish heavy metal singer and songwriter. She was the first and original lead vocalist of symphonic metal band Nightwish. She is a soprano with a three and a half octave range. Other members of Nightwish include/have included Troy Donockley, Marko Hietala, Tuomas Holopainen, Floor Jansen, Jukka Nevalainen, Anette Olzon, Sami Vänskä, and Emppu Vuroinen. She is also known as Tarja.
Tarja is the daughter of Ritva Sisko Marjatta (Hakkarainen), who was in town administration, and Teuvo Turunen, a carpenter. She is married to Argentinian businessperson Marcelo Cabuli, with whom she has a daughter. She speaks fluent Finnish, English, Spanish, and German.
Tarja’s maternal grandfather was Tauno Armas Hakkarainen (the son of Kalle Matinpoika Hakkarainen and Selma Maria Esantytär Ilvonen). Tauno was born in Kitee. Kalle was the son of Matti Heikinpoika Hakkarainen and Kaisa-Liisa Malinen. Selma was the daughter of Esa/Esau Jaakonpoika Ilvonen and Ulla Juhontytär Väkeväinen.
Tarja’s maternal grandmother was Vieno Inkeri Nousiainen (the daughter of Heikki Nousiainen and Hilma Matilda Krohns). Vieno was born in Kesälahti, now part of Kitee.
Source: Genealogy of Tarja Turunen (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.myheritage.com