Valo is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the Finnish rock band HIM, which became the first Finnish rock band to achieve a gold record (more than 500,000 copies) in the United States.
Valo was born in a district of Helsinki called Vallila. His father, Kari, is Finnish and his mother, Anita, is of Hungarian descent. Soon after his birth, the family moved to the riverside community ...
He has received the "Golden God" award in 2004 by the heavy metal magazine Metal Hammer.
Valo has a baritone vocal range, spanning A1 to A6.
He is close friends with CKY, Jackass and Viva La Bam star Bam Margera, who shares many of Valo's tattoos. Valo also portrayed Jim Morrison in the 69 Eyes music video "Wasting The Dawn". He voices Motto Motto in the Finnish dub of Madagascar 2.