Former NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon debuted two brand new songs — “Hiding In The Past” and “Strong” — and performed one cover, “Play Dead” (BJÖRK), during her June 6 solo appearance at the Kivenlahti Rock festival in Espoo, Finland.
Fan-filmed video footage of the “Hiding In The Past” performance — a song written by Olzon, WITHIN TEMPTATION keyboardist Martijn Spierenburg and BLOODBOUND keyboardist Fredrik Bergh — can be seen below, along with other clips from the show.
Olzon‘s solo touring band consists of the following musicians:
Patrik Borgkvist – Drums
Mikael Mikey Nilsson – Guitar
Johan Husgafvel – Bass
Rickard Bonde Trumeel – Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar
Anette‘s debut solo album, “Shine”, was released in March via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.
“Shine”, which was co-produced by Anette Olzon and Johan Kronlund, is a collaboration with some of the most successful teams in rock and pop in Scandinavia: Stefan Örn (songwriter and producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest-winning track “Running Scared”) and Johan Glössner. The album was mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette).
Olzon previously stated about her solo CD: “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.”
Regarding the CD’s musical direction, Anette said: “In the end, it is a rock album. Well, a pop rock album, maybe, or would you call it pop metal?”
Olzon was fired from NIGHTWISH in September 2012 in the middle of the band’s North American tour. She has since been replaced by former AFTER FOREVER and current REVAMP singer Floor Jansen.