Artist Biography Available in: Samuli Tapani Putro (born in Helsinki on 21 August 1970) is a Finnish musician, vocalist and songwriter. His family moved to live in Raahe, Turku a short time after his birth. He was a founding member of Zen Café and its lead singer, guitarist and songwriter. Even while the band was very active, he pursued some personal projects including a solo EP released on 7 September 2004 titled Täysikasvuinen containing music from film soundtracks.
When the band went on a hiatus after 2006, he focused on developing a solo career. On 11 February 2009, he released his first solo studio album Elämä on juhla. In 2009, Putro composed the music for Mika Ronkainen's documentary film Freetime Machos. His second solo album, Älä sammu aurinko appeared on 16 March 2011 followed by Tavalliset hautajaiset on 24 August 2012. His most recent album Taitekohdassa was released in 2014.
Samuli Putro was nominated for a Jussi Award for "Best Music" for his work in Menolippu Mombasaan (One-way ticket to Mombasa) in 2003.
In 2010 he was nominated for three awards during the Emma-gaala for his 2009 album Elämä on juhla. These were for "best debut album", "Best solo act" and "critics choice".