Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen says she is “in touch” with current vocalist Floor Jansen
During a recent appearance on the “Scars And Guitars” podcast, Turunen was asked if she has ever had any interactions with current NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen. She responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We are in touch, and recently more, because she came up with the really horrible news of being sick. [Editor’s note: Jansen recently revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing surgery, Jansen revealed that she is “cancer-free”] So I’ve been in touch with her. But ever since she joined NIGHTWISH, I was there for her. So it’s, like, I don’t have any… Actually, I hope she’s fine and everything is great with her and she’s happy. That’s what I wish. Now and then when I am in Netherlands, if I have concerts in Netherlands, she’s poking by and so on and so on. It’s really, really nice.
“In general, hey, I feel in metal, we are sisters in metal — we all are like sisters in metal,” she continued. “We actually do support each other, all of us.
“When I started in metal, I felt a little lonely, because there were not too many girls around in the festivals I went; I was mainly the only girl all around,” Tarja revealed. “And nowadays it’s so incredible to see so many female vocalists. They approach me — if I do not recognize them, they approach me — they come and talk. And it’s really lovely. We have this really beautiful connection and a lot to share. And that is also… I really enjoy it so much nowadays. It has changed a lot.”
Turunen and Jansen have taken the stage together before with a performance at the 2013 edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. The pair teamed up for a cover version of the traditional British song “Over The Hills And Far Away”, which was previously covered by NIGHTWISH in 2001.