Since first entering a recording studio some 15 years ago, singer and guitarist Erja Lyytinen has become a bona fide star in her homeland and a fixture on the international music scene. “The Finnish slide goddess” (The Blues Magazine) successfully blends blues with styles like jazz, pop, soul and rock into a sound all of her own.
After being voted the #1 international solo artist by Blues Matters and “Artist of the Year” at the Finnish Blues Awards in 2015, she has released her latest studio record “Stolen Hearts” in 2017. With the help of legendary producer Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin etc) she made a record that reveals a new facet of her artistic persona.
As an artist, Erja has always been open to change, and with “Stolen Hearts”, she wants to offer her audience something completely new. “I had the feeling that I had the ingredients in my hands to make something truly extraordinary and different.”
The fans seem to agree, for Erja has barely had time to breathe since “Stolen Hearts” was released. In addition to two successful tours throughout the UK and her Blue Christmas tour with Sami Saari and Maria Hänninen across Finland, she also took part in the Finnish TV-show Tähdet, Tähdet (Stars, Stars) and sang for half a million people each week. The icing on the cake came in late November 2017, when it was announced that Erja won a European Blues Award for “Best Guitarist”. Finally, in December 2017, Erja was voted the 7th best blues guitarist in a MusicRadar poll, in which 136,000 votes were cast.
Erja Lyytinen – vocals, guitars
Kasperi Kallio – keyboard, hammond
Tatu Back – bass
Iiro Laitinen – drums