Manuela Kraller with Xandria at a live performance in 2012.
|Born||1 August 1981|
|Origin||Bayerisch Gmain, Germany|
|Genres||Classical, Medieval music, symphonic metal, gothic metal|
|Associated acts||Nagor Mar, Haggard, Xandria, Heidi Parviainen, Dark Sarah, Voices Of Destiny, Valkea Valo|
|Website||Manuela Kraller's Official Page|
Manuela Kraller (born 1 August 1981) is a German soprano singer from Ainring. She is best known as the former lead singer of German symphonic metal band Xandria from late 2010, until late 2013. Manuela was formerly one of the soprano vocalists in German symphonic metal band Haggard. She now has a project that strays away from the metal scene and more of a classical style instead that's called "Valkea Valo" with her friend Tobias Gut.
Manuela began her musical life in 2005 at the age of 23 while singing in a Finnish choir group, and discovered her new passion was singing. She began to take classical singing lessons and sang in more church and gospel choirs, and was soon asked to become a solo singer. She grew up with rock and metal music, and wanted to combine it with her classical background, and so began singing rock and metal music songs.
While writing her own songs, she joined the Swiss band Nagor Mar, but shortly, she left and became a vocalist for German musical group Haggard. She only performed with Haggard live with no studio albums. On 19 December 2010, she became the new singer of Xandria after Lisa Middelhauve finished performing the rest of the live tour dates after Kerstin's departure. On 7 January 2011, she debuted live with Xandria at the "Classic Meets Pop" event at the Seidensticker Halle in Bielefeld, and performed their 2004 hit song, "Ravenheart", with the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra. She then toured with Xandria on the Out of The Dark tour. On 28 November 2011, Xandria announced they would release their first album with Kraller titled Neverworld's End and released the album's first and only single "Valentine" on 14 February 2012, followed by their music video with Manuela. She then went on tour with Epica, Stream of Passion and Kamelot on their Neverworld's End tour.
But as of 25 October, the band announced on their website that Manuela Kraller had left the band to pursue a different career and was succeeded by Dutch singer and Ex Libris frontwoman Dianne van Giersbergen (who is also no longer the frontwoman of Xandria). Manuela leaves the band with regret but also full of gratitude, thanking Xandria and fans for the time together and being grateful for the "wonderful moments in mutual tours and shows". She wished Dianne and the band all the very best for the future.
Songs released (2009):
- Bleeding Rose
- Bleeding Rose (Part II)
- Neverworld's End (2012)
- Valentine (2012)
- O Holy Night (2013)
Guest vocal appearances
- Guest vocals on At the Edge by Voices of Destiny and part of the choir on the album Crisis Cult (2014)
- Memories Fall by Dark Sarah from the album Behind the Black Veil (2015)
- Rain by Dark Sarah from the album The Puzzle (2016)
- "Xandria announces new singer". Blabbermouth.net. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
- "Ex-AMBERIAN DAWN Singer Heidi Parviainen Uploads Debut Video From DARK SARAH Project". Bravewords.com. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- "Announcement". Xandria.de. 25 October 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- "Manuela Kraller". Xandria official website. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2016.