Members of Vanilla Ninja, Lenna Kuurmaa and Piret Järvis-Milder, were guests on Raadio Sky Plus’ morning broadcast “Hommikuprogramm”, where they talked about Vanilla Ninja’s reunion and why the band had decided to break up years ago and come together again now.
Vanilla Ninja and David Brandes’ paths diverged years ago simply because their visions did not go hand in hand. We parted ways with David, we changed the record label, our visions did not go together. By our side, we found people who cheered on and encouraged us and said that our ideas were also good. Near the end, it was hard to say a word to David because he was the boss. In David’s example, one man did everything. Every area needs a specialist in their field to make the whole better, and we decided it was time to split up.
Yesterday evening, Vanilla Ninja attended the Estonian TV show “Ringvaade”. Lenna, Katrin and Piret visited the studio in Tallinn, while Triinu joined from Switzerland via video call. They answered some questions during a short interview and shared a sneak peek of the new video for “No Regrets”. While “Gotta Get it Right” had a style similar to the previous Vanilla Ninja songs, “No Regrets” is a real revelation. The track itself is a surprise for the fans as it’s folk-influenced, with Lenna playing the violin. She also sings most of it, with only a short part being performed by Triinu.
At the end of 2018, a former Vanilla Ninja producer David Brandes contacted Lenna, one of the original band members, and came forward with an initial plan for the ninja-girls’ reunion.
After the producer had come up with the plan, Lenna and Piret flew to Germany together to discuss the matter and an agreement was quickly reached. We sang the first demos and decided to go on with it. – said Piret in an interview with Eesti Päevaleht.
On the occasion of their 10th anniversary, the Minu Unistuste Päev charity foundation opened a first-of-a-kind in Estonia photo exhibition showing seriously and chronically ill children. The exhibition is held in the open areas of Tallinn’s Fotografiska’s 1st floor. Lenna, Minu Unistuste Päev’s patron, performed during the event that took place on July 8th.
Minu Unistuste Päev’s touring exhibition has an important meaning for the foundation. Out of thousands of photographs taken during the last 10 years, only 12 got chosen for the exposition. Every picture tells a story of a child and Minu Unistuste Päev with joy, brightness, sadness and pain going hand in hand. Every story is thought-provoking and profound.
The charity foundation Minu Unistuste Päev fulfils the wishes of seriously and chronically ill children in order to support their and their parents’ mental health and plays an important part in the treatment process as a whole. An average of 100 dream events are organized every year, half of which are personal dream days and the second half – various group events. The foundation gathers over 100 volunteers from all over Estonia.
Vanilla Ninja shared wonderful news on their social media – the new single is coming sooner than expected! “No Regrets” will be released on 16.07.2021. The song described as “giving a positive impression with wonderful Irish-folk elements” is sung mostly by Lenna. The accompanying music video will have its premiere on YouTube on the same day.
I like the fact that I won’t have to tell my child all the fun stories when I’m in the rocking chair, but instead she can now become a part of that story herself, – says Piret Järvis-Milder, who now, 15 years later, is rocking again as a part of Vanilla Ninja.
Last year, Vanilla Ninja announced they were coming back after a 15-year long pause. „We’ve been working on some new music together with David Brandes and a special surprise is that Triinu has rejoined the band.” wrote Piret in one of her social media posts. Vanilla Ninja’s new single „Gotta Get It Right”, recorded with their former manager David Brandes, was released just before Midsummer.
Vanilla Ninja was formed in 2002. It then consisted of Lenna Kuurmaa (35), Katrin Siska (37), Piret Järvis-Milder (37) and Maarja Kivi (35). Maarja left the band in 2004 due to pregnancy. Maarja’s place in Vanilla Ninja was filled by Triinu Kivilaan (32) from Viljandi. The comeback’s now being carried out by the band embodied by Lenna, Katrin, Piret and Triinu.
Piret says that their first appearance with the new material will take place at the beginning of August on German TV. However, it’s too early to state when the first full-length concert will happen.
We’ll see what else is corona planning to do with our lives. If we still have to dance to its tune before people are able to sing and dance to ours. But you can’t carry on without the concerts. We’re hoping that next summer, at the latest, we’ll be able to bring a live performance of our biggest hits to the audience in Estonia. – says Piret. According to her, coronavirus strongly affected their plans. In normal circumstances, we would’ve all recorded the album together in Germany but instead we had to do it remotely from various countries. It was really quite difficult because we were lacking live feedback and sometimes it led to the double amount of work – when it turned out that the recording made in Estonia still wasn’t right. Additionally, I felt we were really missing the possibility to sit in one place together, see each other and discuss the issues.
Lauri Mäesepp’s brother Taavi shared a special picture on his Instagram account yesterday. The description delivers joyful news – during the weekend Lenna Kuurmaa said an eternal “yes” to her fiancé.
In the Instagram stories of the wedding guests, you can see the newlyweds dancing, with the smallest member of their family in Lenna’s arms. Lenna, in a beautiful wedding dress, did not shy away from singing at her own wedding. One of the songs, for example, was a calmer version of “Club Kung-Fu”. It seems that the bride’s feet soon got tired, as she threw beautiful white high-heels away and performed barefoot. Of course, she also sang in the beautiful Seto dialect. Among others, also Piret Järvis-Milder accompanied Lenna on stage. Lauri made his appearance as well.