Timo Antero Kotipelto (born 15 March 1969) is a Finnish musician best known as the lead singer of the power metal band Stratovarius, whom he joined in 1994, as well as fronting his own band Kotipelto.
|Birth name||Timo Antero Kotipelto|
|Born||15 March 1969|
He studied vocals at the pop/jazz conservatory in Helsinki, briefly singing for an amateur cover band named Filthy Asses. In summer of 1994, he applied to Stratovarius, who were looking for a singer at the time, and was accepted. His arrival corresponds closely with the band's rise to international fame. The first album he recorded with the band was Fourth Dimension, in 1995. Stratovarius has then become a top name in the European heavy metal scene, recording seven more albums and performing in numerous notable rock festivals.
In late 2003, Kotipelto split from Stratovarius after intra-band disagreements, notably with guitarist Timo Tolkki. After much turmoil throughout 2004, he rejoined the band in January 2005, recorded the album Stratovarius, and performed live on tour that covered North America, South America, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Timo Tolkki made public that he and Timo Kotipelto had arguments but Koltipelto never really left the band and the announcement that he left was part of a big publicity stunt.
In 2002 Kotipelto started his solo project, called Kotipelto. So far he has released three albums: "Waiting For The Dawn", "Coldness" and the last one, released 20 April 2007, "Serenity". Aside from Stratovarius and Kotipelto, Timo Kotipelto has also provided additional vocals to Sonata Arctica's Silence album along with lead vocals with his close friend, ex-Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen and his band Cain's Offering. and lead vocals for the song "Out of the White Hole", on Ayreon's 2000 release Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator.
- Fourth Dimension (1995)
- Episode (1996)
- Visions (1997)
- The Past and Now (Compilation, 1997)
- Visions of Europe (Live, 1998)
- Destiny (1998)
- The Chosen Ones (Compilation, 1999)
- Infinite (2000)
- 14 Diamonds (Compilation, 2000)
- Infinite Visions (DVD, 2000)
- Intermission (2001)
- Elements, Pt. 1 (2003)
- Elements, Pt. 2 (2003)
- Stratovarius (2005)
- Black Diamond: The Anthology (Compilation, 2006)
- Revolution Renaissance (Demo, 2008)
- Polaris (2009)
- Polaris live (Live, 2010)
- Elysium (2011)
- Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live in Tampere (DVD, 2012)
- Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live in Tampere (Live, 2012)
- Nemesis (2013)
- Nemesis Days (DVD, 2014)
- Elements Pt. 1 & 2 (Boxset, 2014)
- Eternal (2015)
- Best Of (Compilation, 2016)
- Live At Wacken (Live, 2016)
- Visions Of Destiny (Live, 2016)
- Enigma: Intermission 2 (2018)
With Cain's OfferingEdit
Kotipelto & LiimatainenEdit
- Blackoustic (2012)
With Gamma RayEdit
- Time To Break Free Song live (1996)
- For The Glory of Nothing (1998) – Backing vocals on 'Warhead' and 'Beyond Troy'
- While The World Awaits (2000) - Backing vocals
Timo Kotipelto and Klaus FlamingEdit
- I Wanna Love You Tender (cover of Danny & Army) (2002)
- Beyond Abilities (2002) – Vocals on 'Spark' and 'Singer's Chance'
- Accept the Fact (2005) – Vocals on 'Invisible Power' and 'Puppet'
- Japanese Hospitality (2009) – Vocals on 'Eye of the Storm'
With Sonata ArcticaEdit
- Silence (2001) – Backing vocals and last line on 'False News Travel Fast'
- Stones Grow Her Name (2012) – Backing vocals
- Seokset (2003) – Vocals on 'Metanol Man'
- Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator (2000) – Vocals on 'Out of the White Hole (M31 – Planet Y – The Search Continues)'
- Welcome to Hellsinki (2007)
With Ella Ja AleksiEdit
- Takapihan Tavikset (2009)
With Leningrad CowboysEdit
- I Will Stay (2006)
- Let's Have A Party (2006)
With Amberian DawnEdit
- Circus Black (2012) – Vocals on 'Cold Kiss'
- Räyhällistä joulua (2011) – Vocals on 'Pieni liekki'
- Bändikouluun (2019) – Vocals on '100'
- The Second Big Bang (2017)
- The End You'll Only Know at the End (2017)
- Alexandria (Apocalypse version) (2017)
- Out In The Fields (2009)
- Behind Blue Eyes (2012)
- Supersankarikerho (2013)
- Kuumailmapallo (2013)
- All I Ask Of You (2015)
- Burning Heart (2015)
- Burn (2018)
- I Want It All (2019)
La suma de las partesEdit
- Vergel (2020) - Vocal on "Rain In The Ocean"
- "About me". Kotipelto.com. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- "Timo Tolkki Discusses Stratovarius 'Publicity Stunt'; Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2014.