Norma John is a Finnish band formed in 2008, consisting of Leena Tirronen and Lasse Piirainen. The group represented Finland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Blackbird”, which they wrote, composed and arranged themselves. However, the song did not make it to the finals. The follow up to the song, “Hellfire”, did not become a hit.
The band has previously also operated under the name Norma John and a Backbone. In addition to Tirrosen and Piirainen, it has also included guitarist Nicolas Rehn, bassist Miikkael Anttila and drummer Otto Alahuhtala.
Lasse Piirainen (b. 1982) is a Finnish pianist. He is the second regular captain of the Bumtsibum program. He has played in the orchestras of many Finnish entertainment programs (Tähdet, tähdet, Suomilove, The Voice). Piirainen also plays in the backing bands of many Finnish musicians. Lasse has also worked as a composer for a few artists such as Jesse Kaikuranna.
Leena Tirronen (b. 1984) is a Finnish singer.
She rose to fame in Finland’s first X Factor competition, which was presented in the spring of 2010. She finished third in the contest. In late spring 2010, Tirronen signed a record contract withSony Music. Tirronen ended up using the stage name Leena Ihmeamaa in her solo career. Leena’s debut single “Piru” was released in August 2010. Her debut album was released on December 29, 2010. However, the album and the three singles released from it did not enter the sales charts at all. The collaboration between Tirrosen and Sony Music ended already in 2011.
In 2020, Tirrosen and her niece Sanni Savolainen’s Lili & Luna, a country band. They released their first single “Kolme kaljaa ja kaupunkin”. Joel Melasniemi was also part of the song’s creative team and it was produced by Pasi Siitonen.
Tirronen has also worked as a songwriter; he was making five songs for her debut album. In 2015, Jesse Kaikuranta released the single “Lobotomy”, which was written by both Leena and Lasse.