Sunrise Avenue is a Finnish rock quintet. Their style varies from hard, dynamic rock songs to melodic rock ballads. The band was formed in Helsinki in 2002. From then on they haven't let the chances slip to play live and thus have been able to set up in business as a liveband in many clubs all over Finland.
After being rejected by 102 producers, up-and-coming producer Jukka Backlund got interested while seeing the band perform live in December 2004. Together with him they decided to record an album without having a record contract.
In the summer of 2005 they were signed to Bonnier Amigo Music Group (responsible for the Finnish market), some time later to EMI.
Having released the first singles "All Because of You" and "Romeo" during the beginning of 2006, Sunrise Avenue published their "On the Way to Wonderland"- album in Finland in May. The third single, "Fairytale Gone Bad", was published on the 23rd of August and reached the 5th place in the Finnish music charts.
In Germany the album was released two weeks after the single "Fairytale Gone Bad" (25th August 2006). In the same time the band played their first gigs in Germany - in Cologne's Underground Club on 23rd and at The Dome (Germany's biggest musical tv-event) on 25th of August.
On the 20th of October 2006, Sunrise Avenue received GOLD with their debut album "On the Way to Wonderland" in Finland. Moreover, on January 19th 2007, the band won four categories at NRJ Radio Awards (the biggest Nordic radio gala) for the best Finnish newcomer, the best Finnish song (Fairytale Gone Bad), the best Finnish album (On The Way To Wonderland) and the best Nordic artist.
On January 20th, 2007, they sang "Fairytale Gone Bad" in St.Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland, escorting Nikolay Valuev to the ring, where he defended his boxing WC title against Jameel McCline.
2006 On The Way To Wonderland
2006 All Because Of You
2006 Fairytale Gone Bad
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