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Anette Olzon, is a Swedish singer, best known as the second lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. She is also the former vocalist of Swedish classic rock band Alyson Avenue.

Olzon officially joined Nightwish as their new lead singer in early 2007, chosen from about 2,000 applicants of which 10 made it to prove their place in front of the band. She first featured on the album Dark Passion Play, which was released around Europe in the last week of September 2007, in the UK on October 1 and the United States on October 2. It was awarded double platinum in Finland the second day after its release and took the No.1 position on the charts of Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Hungary and Croatia and got in top 100 in other 16 countries, including the United States. Dark Passion Play has sold 6x Platinum worldwide up to date (over 1.5 million copies). 

In October 2010, Nightwish began recording for the album Imaginaerum. The album was released on 30 November 2011 and was followed by the Imaginaerum World Tour, beginning on 21 January 2012. Olzon, along with the rest of Nightwish, starred in the film Imaginaerum, which featured music from the band. On 1 October 2012, Nightwish and Olzon went their separate ways.

Following her departure from Nightwish, Olzon began writing and recording material for a future solo album. In an interview with ‘Dark Sirens’ in October 2013, Olzon stated that her solo album would be released sometime in 2014. It was announced on 28 November 2013 that Olzon’s debut solo album will be called Shine. The album was produced by Stefan Örn and Johan Glössner and co-produced by Olzon and Johan Kronlund. About the album, Olzon said:

“The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life – making you SHINE… no matter what.”

Olzon described the album’s musical direction as “a pop rock album maybe, or would you call it pop metal?”. The new album was released on 28 March 2014. The first song from Shine, “Falling”, was released for digital download on 17 December 2013 along with a lyric video on YouTube.

 

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