Johanna Kurkela

Johanna Kurkela

Finnish singer performing popular music, including compositions with folklore elements.
Date of Birth: 10.04.1985
Country: Finland

  1. Biography of Johanna Kurkela
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Music Career
  4. Personal Life

Biography of Johanna Kurkela

Early Life and Education

Johanna Kurkela, a Finnish singer known for her popular music and compositions with elements of folk music, was born in Lumijoki, in the province of Northern Ostrobothnia. She received a diverse musical education, starting with violin lessons from the age of five to twelve. Later, she spent several years studying piano, including at the Madetoja Music School in Oulu.

Music Career

In 2004, Johanna made her first studio recording with the song "Tahdon tanssia kanssasi" ("I Want to Dance with You"), which she performed alongside Tomi Metsäketo. Her debut album, "Hetki hiljaa" ("A Moment of Silence"), was released in 2005. Johanna gained wider recognition when she participated in the final of the Finnish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, performing the song "Olet uneni kaunein" ("You Are My Most Beautiful Dream"). Although she placed sixth, the song became highly popular. In the same year, she released her second studio album, "Marmoritaivas" ("Marble Skies").

In 2008, Johanna released her third album, "Kauriinsilmät" ("Deer's Eyes"). In 2009, she collaborated with the popular Finnish band Sonata Arctica, contributing vocals to two songs on their album "The Days of Grays". On April 7, 2010, Johanna released her fourth album, "Hyvästi, Dolores Haze" ("Goodbye, Dolores Haze").

Johanna Kurkela is also a member of the band Auri, formed in 2017, which includes Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley from Nightwish.

Personal Life

Johanna Kurkela is married to Tuomas Holopainen, the leader of the band Nightwish.