Leena Maria "Awa" Peisa
(b. March 16 1979
) is the keyboard
player and occasional turntablist
in the Finnish hard rock
, winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest
. Peisa's former bands include Punaiset Messiaat
, both of which are from Porvoo
Leena Peisa was born in Vantaa
however she spent her teenage years in Porvoo. She has been playing the piano
since she was six years old. Her first band was a post-hardcore
ensemble Punaiset Messiaat
which she joined in autumn 1994. While in Punaiset Messiaat, she used the stage name "Lende Mielihyvä". Mielihyvä is the Finnish
word for pleasure. After Punaiset Messiaat was disestablished in 1998, Peisa concentrated on her education. In 2003, she rejoined the band that now performed under the name Dolchamar
and was invited to Lordi by drummer Kita
to replace the keyboardist Enary
in 2005. In Lordi, she takes on the persona
of an unearthly Vampire Countess
. The name Awa
comes from Be Aware
. On the band's website she is said to have many other names. The British
newspaper the Daily Mail
wrongly credited a photo of a woman without make-up as being Awa. Her other band Dolchamar
removed all photos from their website. Perhaps a coincidence, or just playing along with the monster image. In Greece, television channels claim to have videos and photos of the band without stage make-up.
- Her favorite Lordi songs are "Get Heavy" and "Bringing Back the Balls to Rock".
- Her favorite KISS song is "Tears are Falling".
- She is left-handed.
- Punk on pop ('Punk is Hip') (1996)
- Tuu mun luo ('Come To Me') (1996)
- Hornan hovin häät ('A Wedding at the Abode of Evil Spirits') (1997; includes a horror comic book.)
- Onko tää rakkautta?! ('Is This Love?!') (1996)
- Oma rotta ('My Own Rat') (1996) A gold-selling single record in 1997.
- Rebela Sono (The Rebel Sound) (2005)
- The Arockalypse (2006) FIN #1 GER #7 UK #100
- The Arockalypse Special Edition (2006)
- The Arockalypse CD with 3 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD with:
Singles and EPs