Former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon has attempted to clear up any confusion over her somewhat surprising departure from the band in 2012.
“I have been getting frustrated with people saying I left the band — because I didn’t,” she tells our chums at Prog magazine. “I was fired exactly as Tarja was fired, but maybe in a more quiet way.
“We, of course, had some problems in 2009, but we had a good tour and there was nothing else coming until then,” she adds. “”The reason I didn’t say this a year ago is because I didn’t want to state something so negative. I felt really bad about the situation — it was quite a big divorce.”
Meanwhile, Olzon has revealed details of her first ever solo album Shine will be the singer’s first significant work since leaving the symphonic Finns, and will land via EARmusic later this year.
“I am so thrilled to finally release my first solo album,” says the lady herself. “I’ve been working on it for a long time by now. The album is very personal with songs I have started writing already in 2009 but also very recent songs. 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.
“In the end, it is a rock album. Well, a pop rock album, maybe, or would you call it pop metal?”