Elise Testone Announces The Release Of Her Debut Album

For many artists, the debut album marks the very beginning of a career. Not Elise Testone. When the singer's In This Life is released on February 11th (on Testone's own RED TAMBO Records), her premiere recording will serve as an affirmation of what thousands of devoted fans around her home base of Charleston, South Carolina, have already known for years, and what millions of television viewers have since discovered: that Elise Testone is one of the most dynamic, gutsiest and honest singers in today's music scene. Testone's vocal approach has been compared to other rootsy singers such as Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi. She launched her music career in Charleston, S.C. and gained a steady following with her potent hybrid of rock, blues, jazz, Americana, pop and funk.

The charismatic Testone was an American Idol finalist during the program's 2012 season—out of 150, 000 hopefuls. She hadn't even planned on auditioning initially, but after four different people in Charleston suggested her to the show's scouts, Elise tried out. She quickly rose through the ranks and, Charleston Magazine, in its cover story on Elise, pointed out, "She was a professional musician long before casting her lot to the whims of judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, " the latter going so far as to proclaim Testone "one of the best singers we've seen." When the show came to her town for auditions, Elise did not plan to audition. American Idol was undeniably responsible for bringing this thrilling voice to a huge new audience, but In This Life reveals the real Elise Testone.

The songs on the new album each reflect Testone's experiences and emotions. The first single culled from the album, "I Will Not Break, " was released last September and reached number 14 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.

The music on In This Life is the culmination of Testone's dogged determination and a restless eagerness to grow continually as an artist. American Idol opened up new doors and allowed Testone the opportunity to take part in their 46-city tour that hit most major cities in the United States.

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