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Tarja To Release Charity Single With 12 Guests

Tarja has announced the release of a special charity version of her Christmas cover Feliz Navidad. The single will benefit Barbuda Relief and Recovery, and features a stellar line-up of guests.

Tarja explains:
“The tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda has been devastated by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm recorded in history to sustain over 200 km per hour winds for 24 hours. Around 90% of the nation’s structures and vehicles have been destroyed.

Irma passed over Barbuda early on Wednesday, 6th of September 2017, as a Category 5 hurricane. 
Barbuda is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and forms part of the state of Antigua and Barbuda.

The island is now a near-deserted disaster zone. Almost all of its 1,500 residents were relocated to the sister island of Antigua. Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years.

I have had a home in Antigua, Caribbean for quite a few years now. I have friends there, but mainly, I have seen how the locals live and how unprepared they are for this magnitude of destruction. I had just finished recording my winter album “from Spirits and Ghosts” in Antigua before the hurricane hit the Caribbean. I was already immersed in Christmas feelings at that time and immediately it came to my mind that the people of Barbuda will have a very dark Christmas this year and in the years to come. I wanted to find a way to give them hope for a brighter future." 

The 12 guest vocalists are:

Michael Monroe
Doro Pesch
Tony Kakko
Elize Ryd
Marko Saaresto 
Timo Kotipelto
Simone Simons
Cristina Scabbia
Joe Lynn Turner
Floor Jansen
Hansi K├╝rsch 
Sharon Den Adel

The single will be released for download on December 8th, with all proceeds going to the charity and donations being matched by Tarja's record label. A special 7 inch vinyl version will be available from the webshop, limited to 1000 copies and featuring a B side of the album version of the cover.


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