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A Brief Autobiography

I was born in Helsinki in 1977 but spent most of my childhood in the countryside up north. My mother spent a lot of time singing with me and I made my first home recordings in Gibberish when I was four.

A couple of years later I decided to start playing the guitar and got one. By my early teens I was already promoting my own bands and sending out demos. Around that time I also came to the realization that music would become my profession. In 1996 I participated in a national band contest as a composer and a performer with my own group Wee People. We came in second and next summer we were playing bars and small festivals and selling self-financed CDs.

I was slowly coming back down south, first living in Tampere and then finally moving to Helsinki. My studies in a master's degree program in music education in Sibelius-Academy began in 1999. Wee People was quite active at the time and we played some great gigs and our videos got shown on national television a few times. I also started playing gigs as a freelance guitarist and bassist to support myself. In 2004 the Slangar sisters from Deekay Records invited me to write a song with their housewriter Janne Hyöty. We came up with 'Deck Of Cards', a song that I performed in the Finnish Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. I was already planning a solo career and coming in second in the Eurovision Contest was the boost I needed to get started.

Since then I have been performing, writing new songs, learning new things and arranging my surroundings to allow for greater artistic freedom. Wee People has also made progress this year: a record deal with independent record label Comrade Publishing. A full-length album was released in May. For current WP info check www.weepeople.net.

Stay also tuned for new Kentala material - sneak previews will be made available here.

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– Harri