List of Nightwish band members

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Left to right: Marco Hietala, Tuomas Holopainen, Anette Olzon, Jukka Nevalainen and Emppu Vuorinen
Background information
Origin Kitee, Finland
Genres Symphonic metal, power metal
Years active 1996 – present
Members Tuomas Holopainen
Emppu Vuorinen
Jukka Nevalainen
Marco Hietala
Floor Jansen
Troy Donockley
Past members Tarja Turunen
Sami Vänskä
Anette Olzon

This is the line-up of Nightwish, an Echo-winning band from Kitee, Finland, formed in 1996 by songwriter/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former vocalist Tarja Turunen. Nightwish is Finland's most successful band with more than 7 million sold albums worldwide, 1 silver award, 11 gold awards and 30 platinum awards.

Although Nightwish has been prominent in their home country since the release of their first single, “The Carpenter” (1997) and debut album Angels Fall First, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn, Wishmaster and Century Child, which were released in 1998, 2000 and 2002 respectively. Their 2004 album, Once, which has sold more than 1.2 million copies,[1] led to Nightwish video clips being shown on MTV in the United States and inclusion of their music in US movie soundtracks. Their biggest US hit single, “Wish I Had an Angel” (2004), made it onto three US film soundtracks as a means to promote their North American tour.[2] The band produced three more singles and two music videos for the album, as well as “Sleeping Sun”, from the 2005 “best of” compilation album, Highest Hopes, prior to vocalist Tarja Turunen’s dismissal.

In May 2007, former Alyson Avenue frontwoman, Anette Olzon, was revealed as Turunen’s replacement,[3] and in the autumn, the band released a new album – Dark Passion Play, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies.[1] The supporting tour started on October 6, 2007 and ended on September 19, 2009.[4][5] A new E.P./live album, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), was released in March 2009 as a MCD/DVD.

Nightwish has received eleven awards from both the Emma-gaala Awards, from thirteen nominations,[6][7][8] and one Echo Awards from two nominations. Nightwish has also received 2 nominations from the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards but has not received an award; Nightwish already won awards from MTV Europe Music Awards[9] and from World Music Awards, and also was nominated for the MTV Video Music Awards in 2004.[6]

Current members[edit]

Tuomas Holopainen
Active: 1996–present
Instruments: Keyboards, piano and male vocals
Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since the first 1996 demo
Tuomas (born December 25, 1976) is a Finnish composer, musician, poet and producer. Known best for heavy metal music, he has also studied jazz and classical styles, but he didn't appreciate these styles explaining to be influenced by harmonic film music. Holopainen has written several songs that have been included in movie soundtracks, including recent collaboration with Nightwish bass player, and male vocalist, Marco Hietala on “While Your Lips Are Still Red”, for the Finnish film “Lieksa!” in 2007.[10] He has revealed that he is working on another "movie project", but that he couldn't reveal anything about it yet.[10] This project may have been the Imaginaerum movie.
Erno Vuorinen
Active: 1996–present
Instruments: Lead guitar, bass guitar (1997–1998) and classic guitar
Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since the first 1996 demo
Erno or Emppu (born June 24, 1978) is a Finnish guitarist. He started to play guitar as a private study at the age of 12 and since then he has played in various bands including Nightwish, of which he is a founding member, Brother Firetribe, Almah (with Angra's frontman Edu Falaschi) and Altaria. As of 2008 one of his side-projects Brother Firetribe released their two albums, "False Metal" (Re-released as "Break Out"[11]), and "Heart Full Of Fire" worldwide.[12][13]
Jukka Nevalainen
Active: 1997–present (on hiatus since 2014)
Instruments: Drums, percussion
Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since the first 1997 album, Angels Fall First except for Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Jukka (born April 21, 1978) is a Finnish drummer. He spent his early years in the city of Kitee; his drumming career started at the age of eleven when his music teacher at school told him that a new educational program for music was opening, and he thought Jukka would fit in well as a drummer. His first band was "The Highway" but he joined his first real band at the age of 15–16. The band had a rehearsal place, but was restricted to practice only a couple of days a week. After he left that band, he joined up with Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen and they got a permanent practice place. As of August 2014, Nevalainen is on hiatus due to persistent insomnia, and did not perform on the 2015 album or the subsequent world tour.
Marco Hietala
Active: 2002–present
Instruments: Bass guitar, classic guitar, male vocals, multi-neck guitar
Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since 2002 album, Century Child
Marco (born January 14, 1966) is a Finnish vocalist and bassist, he is often seen as an icon for the Finnish metal scene. He is also the vocalist and bassist as well as composer/lyricist for heavy metal band Tarot. He joined Nightwish following the departure of previous bassist Sami Vänskä. He was a prominent guest musician in Delain, a project involving many members of the gothic/symphonic metal community. Marco is the bassist and lends his voice to a number of songs. He also participated in the recording of Invitation, by Altaria, providing backing vocals. Hietala has also been part of the bands Sinergy and Northern Kings. In Delain, Hietala played the bass for the album Lucidity and was also the main male vocalist on the album. He is also featured as vocalist in two of the songs on Delain's new album April Rain. In March 2009, Marco joined the band Sapattivuosi, they cover Black Sabbath songs in Finnish.[14]
Troy Donockley
Active: 2013–present (touring & session member 2007–2013)
Instruments: Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, backing vocals, guitar
Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since 2007 album, Dark Passion Play
Troy Donockley (born 30 May 1964) is an English composer and multi-instrumentalist most known for his playing of uillean pipes. He has performed on Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum so far. He accompanied the band on most of their Dark Passion Play tour and is featured on the music video for the single "The Islander". When the band released their latest album Imaginaerum in 2011 he was asked to play a wide array of instruments including, uillean pipes, celtic bouzouki, tin and low whistles and was even asked to supply some Cumbrian chanting on the song, "The Crow, The Owl, and the Dove." He also joined the band on the Imaginaerum World Tour. On October 9, 2013, he was confirmed as a full-time member of Nightwish.
Floor Jansen
Active: 2013–present (touring member 2012–2013)
Instruments: Lead vocals
Albums with the band: Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Floor Jansen (born 21 February 1981) is a Dutch soprano singer, who was the lead singer of the symphonic metal band After Forever which disbanded in 2009, and is the current singer for ReVamp. She is also a member of supergroup Star One. She started touring with Nightwish on 1 October 2012 when Anette left the band. She was originally scheduled to play with the band until the end of the Imaginaerum World Tour. On October 9, 2013, she was confirmed as the new full-time lead vocalist for Nightwish.

Former members[edit]

Anette Olzon
Active: 2007–2012
Instruments: Lead vocals
Albums with the band: Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum
Anette (born June 21, 1971) is a Swedish singer, she replaced Tarja Turunen after her dismissal on October 21, 2005. Olzon was formerly the vocalist in the Swedish AOR band Alyson Avenue. After her admission in Nightwish, Anette played with several bands, in studio and live, including Brother Firetribe and Pain, and will release a new album in the near future, under her own name.[15] Anette's departure from Nightwish was announced on 1 October 2012, midway through their North American tour, and Floor Jansen took over on vocals for the remainder of the Imaginaerum World Tour.
Tarja Turunen
Active: 1996–2005
Instruments: Lead vocals
Albums with the band: the first 1996 demo until Once
Tarja (born 17 August 1977) is a Finnish singer-songwriter, composer and actress, whose work includes three solo albums. She was dismissed from the band on 22 October 2005[3] after nine years, in the end of the Once Upon a Tour. In 2006, Tarja released a Christmas album, Henkäys Ikuisuudesta, with a support classical tour between November 25 and December 26. In 2007, Tarja released My Winter Storm, an album with various styles, including alternative rock and symphonic metal, that sold over 500.000 copies worldwide. The support tour, Storm World Tour, started on November 25, 2007, and ended at London on October 19, 2009, selling out.
Sami Vänskä
Active: 1998–2001
Instruments: Bass guitar
Albums with the band: Oceanborn until Over the Hills and Far Away
Sami (born 26 September 1976) started playing bass as a private study. He has played in a few bands which have been mostly from the metal genre. He started his career in the band Nattvindens Gråt, with Tuomas Holopainen. He made 2 albums, A Bard's Tale (1995), Chaos Without Theory (1997) and a demo, Dar Svanar Flyger (1995), with them. He joined Nightwish for the second studio album, Oceanborn, and was soon replaced by Marco Hietala.


Guest appearances[edit]

Years Artist Albums / songs Instrument Notes
1997–1998 Samppa Hirvonen Only Live Bass guitar During the debut tour, The First tour of the Angels
1997–1998 Marianna Pellinen Only Live Backing vocals, keyboards During the debut tour, The First tour of the Angels
2000–2001 Tapio Wilska Male vocals Featured in the 2001 DVD, From Wishes to Eternity
2000–2002 Sam Hardwick Backing vocals Live in Playback
2000 Ike Vil Male vocals Live in Playback
2001 Tony Kakko Male vocals Featured in the 2001 DVD, From Wishes to Eternity
2004 John Two-Hawks
  • "Creek Mary's Blood" in Once
Male vocals, Native American flute Featured in 2006 DVD, End of an Era
2004–2007 London Session Orchestra All the chorus effects and orchestral sounds Live in Playback
2007 Johanna Salomaa Female vocals Indica frontwoman
2009 Pekka Kuusisto Violin Pekka joined Nightwish for the final concert of Dark Passion Play tour at Hartwall Areena and later played violin solos for the album Imaginaerum.
2012 Alissa White-Gluz Vocals Alissa filled in for Anette while she was in hospital during the Denver show in 2012.
2012 Elize Ryd Vocals Elize filled in for Anette while she was in hospital during the Denver show in 2012.
2012 Pekka Kuusisto Violin Pekka joined Nightwish for the Imaginaerum Movie Premiere at Hartwall Areena and played violin/pipe battle with Troy Donockley.
2014 Kai Hahto
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Drums, Hand percussion Hahto stepped in to record the drums for the new Nightwish album in Nevalainen's stead.


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