Category Archives: Lenna Kuurmaa

Lenna’s EP “Hoides sind” is out

This month, Vanilla Ninja’s lead singer released long-awaited new music. The three-song EP is called “Hoides sind” (“Holding You”) and was made in collaboration with Iris Vesik.

Lenna feels that it is difficult to find songwriters in Estonia, because there are few high-level professional ones and there are many artists that do not write for themselves. On my birthday, I played my first album again in the car and I was surprised to discover that on this record I was singing just like in the new songs. At that moment it seemed natural to me, but lately I have been rocking more and when I worked with Iris, I had to find my softer side again – it did not come easily at first, but finally it just clicked. Iris is a very special woman indeed. It took a few years for her to be ready to write for me. I am extremely happy and grateful for having the chance to create in such female energy. I have to admit that I was a little afraid of her because she is so special, bold and different, but after several meetings I realized that there was no need to be afraid – she is cute, sweet and tiny, just like me. – Lenna explained.

R2 Hommik

On September 2nd, the stage in Tallinn’s Telliskivi quarter got overtaken by group Vanilla Ninja and rapper Nublu. According to the members of the band, also fans from foreign countries were coming to the concert.

Vanilla Ninja members, Lenna Kuurmaa and Piret Järvis-Milder, mentioned during the interview for the R2 morning show that 13 of their best songs were to be performed during the concert. Only singles, only hits and those songs, which I think everyone loves Vanilla Ninja the most for. – stated Kuurmaa.

During the concert, Järvis-Milder got the chance to play the guitar once again. She said she was nervous because she had to memorize all the chords and was not sure if she would manage to play all the songs. But fortunately, people have muscle memory and quite a lot was [still left] somewhere there in the subconsciousness. The process was not as difficult as I feared.– she said.

Concert in Tallinn – Telliskivi Loomelinnak

September 2nd 2022 marked a very important event in Vanilla Ninja’s history – the girls gave the first live performance in 13 years, during a joint concert with an Estonian rapper Nublu in Talinn’s Telliskivi. Their show started at 8 p.m. local time and lasted for about an hour. After the meet & greet with the fans, Piret, Kerli and Lenna performed their most memorable hits from all the albums. The girls were joined by a very special guest for the acoustic performance, which was a big surprise for the fans, who travelled from the most distant destinations in the world.

Lenna Kuurmaa: coming back to the city does not seem logical at the moment

Lenna Kuurmaa, who had been living in Setomaa for quite some time now, was recently a guest on the Estonian TV show „Hommik Anuga” and stated that it did not seem logical for her at the moment to move back to the city.

Kuurmaa, who was raised in Mustamäe but now lives more than 250 km from Tallinn, admitted that now she feels out of place whenever she is in the city.

I try to enjoy this environment and see the positives, but in fact, I feel that my centre and my place, where I am at peace and happy, is in the countryside. I do not feel that way in the city anymore.

Kuurmaa described her experiences in a handbook directed to those who, just like her, would like to move from the city to the countryside

I wish to spread the idea that the countryside is enjoyable and encourage those people. There are more and more people who say that it is so nice and fun but how to leave everything behind and go through with this change.