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.