Awa on stage
|Birth name||Leena Maria Peisa|
|Also known as||Lady Awa, Lady Awa De Paysant, Lende Mielihyva|
|Born||March 16, 1979|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, power metal|
|Instruments||Keyboard, turntable, vocals|
Leena Maria "Awa" Peisa (born March 16, 1979 in Vantaa, Finland) is the ex-keyboard player in the Finnish hard rock quintet Lordi, winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Peisa's former bands include Punaiset Messiaat and Dolchamar, both of which are from Porvoo.
Leena Maria Peisa was born in Vantaa although she spent her teenage years in Porvoo. She has been playing the piano since she was six years old. She took to playing the synthesizer in her teens. Her first band was Punaiset Messiaat which she joined in autumn 1994. While in Punaiset Messiaat she used the stage name "Lende Mielihyvä". Mielihyvä is the Finnish word for pleasure. After Punaiset Messiaat disbanded in 1998, Peisa concentrated on her education and studied Social Studies at the University of Helsinki. In 2003, she rejoined the band that now performed under the name Dolchamar, and in 2005 was invited to join Lordi by drummer Kita to replace the keyboardist Enary. In Lordi, she takes on the persona of an unearthly Vampire Countess. The name Awa comes from Be Aware. On the band's website she is said to have many other names. The British newspaper the Daily Mail wrongly credited a photo of a woman without make-up as being Awa. Her other band Dolchamar removed all photos from their website - this was perhaps a coincidence, or just to play along with the monster image. Some Greek television channels claim to have videos and photos of the band without stage make-up. On July 25 it was announced through the band's website that she is leaving the band after their concert in 11 August 2012.
With Punaiset Messiaat
- Back In Bu$ine$$ (1995)
- Lemmentykki ('Cannon of Love') (1996) Highest position #26 in the Finnish Official Top 40.
- Älä osta; varasta ('Don't buy; steal') (1997)
"Punainen Iktivisto" (1992)
- Punk on pop ('Punk is Hip') (1996)
- Tuu mun luo ('Come To Me') (1996)
- Hornan hovin häät ('A Wedding at the Abode of Evil Spirits') (1997; includes a horror comic book.)
- Onko tää rakkautta?! ('Is This Love?!') (1996)
- Oma rotta ('My Own Rat') (1996) A gold-selling single record in 1997.
- Rebela Sono (The Rebel Sound) (2005)
Singles and EPs
- Hard Rock Hallelujah (2006) FIN #1, GER #5, UK #25, IRL #4
- Who's Your Daddy? (2006) FIN #1, GER #33
- Would You Love A Monsterman? (2006) (2006)
- It Snows In Hell (2006)
- They Only Come Out at Night (2007) FIN #6
- Beast Loose In Paradise (2008)
- Bite It Like A Bulldog (2008)
- Deadache (2008)
- This Is Heavy Metal (2010)
|Awards and achievements|
with "My Number One"
|Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(as par of Lordi)
|Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
(as par of Lordi)
with "Leave Me Alone"