Tunesday: September 2015

On TUNESDAY, I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. Here are some of my top favourites from September…

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Tunesday: Show Me Your Moves

TUNESDAY is a feature on my blog where I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. This week, I have 10 songs to talk about…

Haley Reinhart – Show Me Your Moves

Show Me Your Moves / ‘Cause you ain’t nothin’ until ya do

Crowdfunded by her fans through Indiegogo, Haley Reinhart‘s unique and funky music video for her new single, “Show Me Your Moves” stars the singer as a Cosmic Queen sent to our planet to “enlighten, inspire, and challenge humans to tap into their inner passions”. This space jam is an artistic venture that celebrates the expressive power of music and dance. If you look closely, you’ll also see a special cameo from Haley’s fellow Idol, friend, and duet partner, Casey Abrams. “Show Me Your Moves” is available on iTunes.

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Album Review: Elise Testone’s “In This Life”

As a contestant on Season 11 of American Idol, Elise Testone covered artists like Adele, Al Green, Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Jimi Hendrix (her final performance of “Bold as Love” is highly underrated – I urge you to take a listen), and a mix of those eclectic sounds are interwoven all throughout her debut album, In This Life, which encompasses a hybrid of genres, including rock, soul, blues, jazz, funk, pop, Americana, and country.

The independent Charleston singer-songwriter, who plays the roles of singer, writer, and producer, was heavily involved in every step of the process of her solo project, injecting her own style into everything related to its creative and musical direction. In This Life is a reflective culmination of her years of personal experiences and emotions, and those letdowns faced and lessons learned in love and in life are recorded within the collection of songs. In turning those struggles and hardships into artwork through her words and sounds, Elise hopes to connect with listeners who can relate to those situations depicted in her songs and help them find strength and positivity through the power of music.

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Elise Testone‘s In This Life is available on iTunes. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @ETestoneAI11.

Elise Testone’s “I Will Not Break”

Elise Testone from American Idol Season 11’s talented Top 10, has just released her first single.

I Will Not Break” is an emotional ballad about gathering up the inner strength to let go of someone you loved, even though it feels like your heart is under attack. She tries to remain steadfast, vowing that “I will not fall, I will stand tall through it all, just so you can see, the strongest parts of me”.

It is a beautifully delivered song – you can hear and feel the longing and heartache felt in this honest confessional. “I Will Not Break” aptly showcases Elise’s uniquely enchanting vocal stylings as well as her incredible songwriting, making it one of the strongest debut breakthroughs from an Idol finalist.

I will not break
I will not bend
But I can pretend that I’m not awake

Download Elise’s “I Will Not Break” (from her debut album In This Life) on iTunes now.

American Idol Season 11 Live Tour

Concert Review: American Idol Live! Tour 2012 in Seattle

The American Idol journey is far from over after the confetti has been swept away from the finale stage. Every summer, the Top 10 Idols embark on a cross-country summer tour, during which they get to sing for all of the fans who supported them on the show. Without the stress of the competition on their shoulders, the Idols soar to new heights vocally, managing to both impress and gain new fans through the live concerts. This year’s Idols proved to be no exception! After witnessing the American Idol Live! Tour in Seattle on July 18th, I can declare without a doubt that this is one of the strongest Top 10 in years, and is now my second favourite group, right beside the illustrious Season 7 Idols.

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