Paula Vesala

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Paula Julia Vesala
Paula Vesala - Ilosaarirock 2012 1.jpg
Paula Vesala performing at Ilosaarirock in 2012
Background information
Birth name Paula Julia Vesala
Born (1981-12-10) 10 December 1981 (age 33)
Kärsämäki, Finland
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer/songwriter/actor/playwright
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Sony Music
Warner Music Finland(Finland)
Associated acts PMMP
Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi

Paula Julia Vesala (born 10 December 1981 in Kärsämäki, Finland) is a Finnish singer, actor and a playwright. She was the other singer in the pop rock duo PMMP, along with Mira Luoti. She is also the main lyricist of the songs.


Vesala has been educated at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, with studies in music education, classical singing, piano and violin.[1]

She has also provided the Finnish voice for several movies such as Tinker Bell, Happily N'Ever After, Arthur and the Minimoys and High School Musical 1, 2 and 3. She has acted both in movies and in Theater.

In 2010 she was chosen the Artist of the Year by Kuopio Music High School.[2]

In addition Paula Vesala has composed and written songs for other artists such as Johanna Kurkela, Jenni Vartiainen, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Martti Saarinen, Katri Ylander, Tiktak, Petra, Antti Tuisku, Anna Abreu, Uusi Fantasia, Freeman, Katri Helena, Jippu, Samuli Edelmann, Stig, Jesse Kaikuranta and Aṣa.

She has also composed music to Finnish theaters, such as The Finnish National Theater, to the play "Neljäs Tie"[3] directed by Esa Leskinen.

She acted in a silent film called "Myrsky"[4] (Tempest) by director Elina Oikari at TaiK in 2013 and had the role of Prince Ferdinand.

She translated Benny Andersson's, Lars Rudolfsson's and Björn Ulvaeus' musical Kristina från Duvemåla,[5][6] and the ABBA songs in the musical Mamma Mia[7] from Swedish to Finnish for Svenska Teatern.

In 2013 together with the other members of PMMP she was awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Helsinki with the Finland Prize.The Prizes recognised important figures in the Finnish cultural landscape, coming from widely varying fields.The pop-duo PMMP were commended for offering new role models for young women.[8]

She has a son named Julius who was born in April 2008. The father is Finnish singer Lauri Ylönen.[9][10][11]

Paula Vesala married her longtime partner Lauri Ylönen on 8 November 2014 in Las Vegas; the couple filed a statement on 29 December 2014; the marriage was registered in Helsinki, January 5, 2015.[12][13][14]


  • Pohjois-Savon Ammattikorkeakoulu (Savonia Polytechinc)Music Pedagogy / major: classical singing 2000 – 2002
  • Sibelius Academy: Department: Music Education / major: music education 2002 – 2011
  • The Theater Academy Helsinki: Dramaturgy degree program / major: dramaturgy and playwriting 2011 – 2014
  • UCLA-University of California, Los Angeles in MFA Playwriting program at TFT (School of Theater, Film and Television) 2014 – 2015


Main article: PMMP
Paula Vesala, Ilosaarirock 2012

PMMP was a Finnish band fronted by singers Paula Vesala and Mira Luoti and backed by musicians Mikko Virta, Juho Vehmanen and Heikki Kytölä. The name of the band is often said to be an abbreviation of the sentence "Paulan ja Miran Molemmat Puolet", which can be translated in English as "Both Sides of Paula and Mira". However, in an interview on the Finnish talk show Krisse Show, they stated that the name of the band comes, like ABBA, from the names of 4 of its members: so PMMP is Paula, Mira, Mira, Paula. PMMP's albums are produced by Jori Sjöroos who also wrote the music for all the songs. The lyrics are written by Paula and Mira, mostly Paula. The band is an acclaimed live act. PMMP has been called one of the biggest and most important bands of the decade with a huge impact on the music scene in Finland.

PMMP first became well known in Finland with the 2003 summer hit Rusketusraidat (Tan Lines). They then enjoyed great success with their second album Kovemmat kädet (Rougher Hands), which went gold (double platinum year 2010). An extended version of the album was released in August 2005. Oo siellä jossain mun, a single from the aforementioned album, is PMMP's biggest hit so far in Finland.

In November 2006 PMMP released their third album Leskiäidin tyttäret (Daughters of a widow mother), which went platinum on the day it was released.

They released an album labeled Puuhevonen (Wooden Horse) with traditional children's songs in 2007, around the time their first children were born. In 2009 they released their fourth rock/pop album Veden varaan (Overboard, or Afloat) and their fifth album Rakkaudesta (Out of love, or About love) was released in 2012.

PMMP played their final concert on October 27, 2013 at the Helsinki Ice Hall. They sold out two nights in The Helsinki Ice Hall, 26.10.2013 and 27.10.2013.[15][16][17]

Finnish Grammys[edit]

Together with her band PMMP, they won a total of 9 Finnish Grammys.[18] The categories are:

  • 2003 - Pop-rock newcomer
  • 2005 - Album of the year Kovemmat kädet (Rougher Hands), Pop album Kovemmat kädet and Best band
  • 2006 - Album of the year Leskiäidin tyttäret (Daughters of a widow mother) and Pop album Leskiäidin tyttäret
  • 2009 - Album of the year Veden varaan (Overboard, or Afloat), Rock album Veden varaan and Best band

Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi[edit]

Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi is a Finnish band formed by Kerkko Koskinen (Ultra Bra) with Vuokko Hovatta (Ultra Bra), Paula Vesala (PMMP) and Manna. In January 2014 Paula Vesala informed that she had left the group. She was replaced by Maija Vilkkumaa.[19]

Kollektiivi has released two albums, “Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi” (which also won the Finnish gold record music prize) in 2012 and “2” in 2014.

Vain elämää[edit]

In 2014 Paula Vesala took part in the 3rd season of Vain elämää together with other Finnish artists like Samuli Edelmann, Elastinen, Paula Koivuniemi, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Jenni Vartiainen, and Toni Wirtanen.The season aired from 19 September to 7 November 2014.At the end of the series 3, compilation album Vain Elämää - Kausi ilta was released WEA / Warner The album topped the Finnish Albums Chart.Also released was the compilation Vain Elämää - Kausi 3 päivä that reached number 2 in Finnish Albums Chart.[20]



Year Album Peak
2003 Kuulkaas enot!
  • Released: 5 September 2003
  • Record label: BMG
6 Platinum
2005 Kovemmat kädet
  • Released: 9 March 2005
  • Record label: Sony BMG
  • Also special release
    Kovemmat kädet (Kumipainos)
2 2x platinum
2006 Leskiäidin tyttäret
  • Released: 15 November 2006
  • Record label: Sony BMG
1 Platinum
2007 Puuhevonen
  • Released: 14 November 2007
  • Record label: Sony BMG
3 Platinum
2009 Veden varaan
  • Released: 25 November 2009
  • Record label: Sony Music
1 Platinum
2012 Rakkaudesta 1 Gold[23]
2013 Hitit
  • Released: December 2013
  • Record label: Sony Music
Paula Vesala & Pekka Kuusisto
Year Album Peak positions
2011 Kiestinki
(with Pekka Kuusisto)
Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi
Year Album Peak positions
2012 Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi 10


Name Year Peak positions Certification


50 Hits
"Rusketusraidat" 2003 1 11 2 Gold Kuulkaas enot!
"Niina" 42
"Joutsenet" 8 7 8
"Päiväkoti" 2005 13 38 Kovemmat kädet
"Kovemmat kädet"
"Oo siellä jossain mun" 16 6 7
YleX:n Kesäkumibiisi
Kovemmat kädet - Kumivirsi edition
"Pikkuveli" 1 2
"Matkalaulu" 7 3 Kovemmat kädet
"Henkilökohtaisesti" 2006 1 2 Leskiäidin tyttäret
"Tässä elämä on" 2007 4 1 2
"Joku raja" 1 16 20 4
"Kesäkaverit" 47
"Täti Monika" Puuhevonen
"Viimeinen valitusvirsi" 2009 12 11 Veden varaan
"Lautturi" 4 4 1 Gold
"Pariterapiaa" 12 19 19
"Lapsuus loppui" 9
"Heliumpallo" 2012 11 11 Rakkaudesta
"Rakkaalleni" 25 1
"Valloittamaton" 2013 8 Hitit
"Tequila" 2015 4
Various appearances
Year Title Peak positions Album
2014 "Sori" 1 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Elastinen Day
"Miten ja miksi" 10 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Samuli Edelmann Day
"Sua vasten aina painautuisin" 19 Vain Elämää, Season 3,
Paula Koivuniemi Day



Year Movie Role
2010 Princess[28] nurse Elsa
2012 Naked Harbour music teacher
3 Simoa[29] Eeva, single parent

TV Series[edit]

Year Show Role
2014 #lovemilla TV-Gitta
Angry Birds Stella Gale(voice)

Animation movies[edit]

Year Movie Role
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Abba
High School Musical Taylor McKessie
Happily N'Ever After Ella / Tuhkimo
Brother Bear 2 Nita
Arthur and the Minimoys Selenia
2007 High School Musical 2 Taylor McKessie
2008 Tinker Bell Tinkerbell
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Taylor McKessie
Disco Worms Gloria
Bolt Penny
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Sam Sparks
2010 Konferenz der Tiere Bonnie
2011 Magic Crystal Jaga
2012 TinkerBell:Secret of the Wings TinkerBell
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sam Sparks
Lotta and the Moonstone Secret Lotta
2014 Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy'' TinkerBell
Planes: Fire & Rescue'' Dynamite
TinkerBell and the legend of the neverbeast[30] TinkerBell



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