CLOSER TO THE SKY

A SIDE: OUTLANDERS / CLOSER TO THE SKY FEAT. TREVOR RABIN

B SIDE: OUTLANDERS / CLOSER TO THE SKY DUB MIX FEAT. TREVOR RABIN

ERIK NYHOLM / TARJA TURUNEN  PUBLISHED BY SPLENDER PRODUCTIONS / STORMBLAST PUBLISHING

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This song was meant for one of my rock releases one day, when I sat down to write the first ideas with Erik Nyholm in Finland many years ago. Erik had been involved on my rock albums as a song writer before and after, but here was something in this particular song that made me think I must leave it for other time. The song changed name at least 3 times during its creative process and had different lyrics and moods.


Only recently I finished writing the dark, but hopeful lyrics and rest of the music for it. It fits perfectly as an opener for Outlanders, because of its catchy melody, wishful lyrics and the mood it captures. We knew that we needed an extraordinary guitar player. A rock soul with a progressive mind that could imagine the song being part of a movie soundtrack. We had only one name in mind: Trevor Rabin did just an outstanding job with his edgy, incredible guitar sound. He made the song reach another level and for that I am deeply grateful. It only happens when the players soul is involved and that really was the case here. Trevor is unique and truly a gentleman.





Vocals Tarja

Programming Torsten

Guitars Trevor Rabin

Recorded and engineered at Embassy Studio Antigua & Barbuda by Torsten Stenzel

Vocals recorded by Tarja at Stardust III, Marbella, Spain

Guitars recorded and co-produced by Trevor Rabin

Produced and mixed by Torsten Stenzel, Tarja & MIC

Mastered by Tom Porcell Mastering 

Executive Producer Marcelo Cabuli for NEMS Enterprises SRL
Art Direction Tarja & MIC

Antigua & Barbuda Photographs by Alexis Andrews

Artwork by Sebastian Freimauer

Album recorded and mixed using Genelec Studio Monitors

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