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.

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Music Mix Megapost for Fall 2013

There were a ton of albums released this summer and fall that I haven’t gotten around to commenting on yet, so I bring to you this Music Mix Megapost featuring five standouts that I felt deserved a shoutout before the year comes to an end…

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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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