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Tony Kakko

Tony Kakko Finnish singer

Finnish singer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Finnish singer
Is Singer Songwriter
From Finland
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 16 May 1975, Kemi, Finland
Age: 45 years
Star sign TaurusTaurus
Genre:
Power metal
Instruments:
Voice
The details
Biography

Toni Kristian "Tony" Kakko (born 16 May 1975) is a Finnish musician, composer and vocalist. He is mainly known as the vocalist, primary songwriter, and creative force in the band Sonata Arctica since 1996.

Biography

Kakko was born in Kemi, Finland and joined Sonata Arctica in 1996, after studying keyboards for two years and singing informally in local festivals. He assumed both the keyboards and the vocals, but after the release of the band's first album, decided to concentrate on singing with the joining of Mikko Härkin. The bands Queen, Stratovarius, Children of Bodom and Nightwish are amongst his biggest musical influences. Kakko also states the season of winter as one of his influences. His singing style is clean and generally high-pitched. He sings in the tenors range, and has begun to scream on later releases with Sonata, especially The Days of Grays, but also some screams in the background on Unia.

Tony appeared as a guest male vocalist in Nightwish's 2001 remake of their song "Astral Romance", which appeared on the EP Over the Hills and Far Away. He also sang backing vocals on the song "Over the Hills and Far Away" and sang a duet with Tarja Turunen on the live version of "Beauty and the Beast." Tony appears on stage with Tarja performing "Beauty and the Beast," on Nightwish's live DVD From Wishes to Eternity. He performed guest vocals in the song "Wasted Time" from Heavenly's album Virus and did backing vocals for Before the Bleeding Sun, the fifth album of the Finnish band Eternal Tears of Sorrow, and Epica's song White Waters from the album Design Your Universe. More recently, he has been involved with a project Northern Kings, in which he, along with Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto (Charon), Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish) and Jarkko Ahola (Teräsbetoni) sings covers of classics from decades past.

In July 2015, it was announced that Kakko would replace Jukka Nevalainen as Nightwish's special guest at the 2015 edition of Rock in Rio.

In December of 2018 Tony was awarded with the title of Knight of The Order of The Lion of Finland


Selected discography

Sonata Arctica

  • Friend 'till the End (Demo) – 1996
  • Agre Pamppers (Demo) – 1996
  • PeaceMaker (Demo) – 1997
  • FullMoon (Demo) – 1999
  • Ecliptica – 1999
    • UnOpened (Single) – 1999
    • Successor (EP) – 2000
  • Silence – 2001
    • Orientation (EP) – 2001
    • Wolf & Raven (Single) – 2001
    • Last Drop Falls (Single) – 2001
  • Songs of Silence (Live album) – 2002
  • Winterheart's Guild – 2003
    • Takatalvi (EP) – 2003
    • Victoria's Secret (Single) – 2003
    • Broken (Single) – 2003
    • Don't Say a Word (EP) – 2004
  • Reckoning Night – 2004
    • Don't Say a Word (Single) – 2004
    • Shamandalie (Single) – 2004
  • The End of This Chapter (Compilation) – 2005
  • For the Sake of Revenge (Live album and DVD) – 2006
  • The Collection 1999-2006 (Compilation) – 2006
    • Replica 2006 (Single) – 2006
  • Unia – 2007
    • Paid in Full (Single) – 2007
  • The Days of Grays – 2009
    • The Last Amazing Grays (Single) – 2009
    • Flag in the Ground (Single) – 2009
  • Live in Finland (Live album and DVD) – 2011
  • Stones Grow Her Name – 2012
    • I Have a Right (Single) – 2012
    • Shitload of Money (Single) – 2012
    • Alone in Heaven (Single) – 2013
  • Pariah's Child – 2014
    • The Wolves Die Young (Single) – 2014
    • Cloud Factory (Single) – 2014
    • Love (Single) – 2014
  • The Ninth Hour - 2016
  • Talviyö - 2019

Northern Kings

  • Reborn – 2007
  • Rethroned – 2008

Guest appearances

  • Nightwish – Over the Hills and Far Away – 2001
  • Nightwish – From Wishes to Eternity (DVD) – 2001
  • Heavenly – Virus – 2006
  • Eternal Tears of Sorrow – Before the Bleeding Sun – 2006
  • Nuclear Blast All-Stars: Into the Light – 2007
  • Apocalyptica – Live Vocalist (Finland and Japan) – 2008, 2009
  • Elias ViljanenFire-Hearted – 2009
  • Stratovarius – Polaris – 2009
  • Epica – Design Your Universe – 2009
  • Van Canto – "Hearted", on Tribe of Force – 2010
  • Powerglove – Saturday Morning Apocalypse – 2010
  • Avalon – "We Will Find a Way", on The Land of New Hope – 2013
  • Tuomas HolopainenMusic Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge – 2014
  • Dark Sarah – "Light in You" on Behind The Black Veil – 2015
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