Monday, August 19, 2013

Elise Testone ready to release debut album entitled In This Life

Billboard magazine speaks with Charleston's favorite American Idol

Posted by Fallon Devine on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

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Even though Elise Testone didn't win the 2012 season of American Idol, we're still proud of our hometown soul chanteuse for making it to the top 10 — and for delivering one helluva cover of "Whole Lotta Love."

In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Testone noted she has an album named In This Life on the way. Joining Testone on her debut are a host of the Holy City's finest: Wallace Mullinax, Aaron Levy, Ben Wells, and Darius Rucker. Yes, that Darius Rucker. The former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman joined Testone for a duet on the song, "Better Than."

Testone told Billboard, "It's exciting that I kept it within Charleston and kept my people in there that had a huge hand in developing who I am musically. That was one of the highlights to me and the strengths. I didn't call in any professional musicians from L.A. or New York. I used all musicians from Charleston. It was more like a family vibe, which works well together to create its own sound."

As for what we can expect from In This Life, Testone told Billboard, "It covers every genre: Americana, pop, country, soul, blues, funk, jazz, and rock, but I feel like it's cohesive and it flows." We can't wait.

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