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Re: “Can Elise Testone emerge from American Idol with grace?

I do worry about Elise's first CD and how it will be handled. She must not let the record label rush her or make her put out a sound or image that she isn't truly comfortable with. The first release establishes for better or worse the perception of the artist by the public.

I believe Elise should have won it all on AI this year. What a talent! Her voice gives me chills when I hear her sing. Alas, its the teens and tweens who are doing all the voting. For the record, my wife and I voted for Elise for two hours after her her final two shows. We tried Elise. I'm glad that we did.

Anyway, in season 8, Allison Iraheta finished in 4th place. She was signed to a secondary record label which slapped together a CD with terrible songs lyrically and canned overproduced backtracks. Hear signature song on AI, Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me was almost unlistenable on her debut CD. The CD didn't sell and Iraheta was dropped from the label. Allison's career has suffered since. It is hard to recover from first impressions.

From the interviews that I have seen of Elise, she seems to be a very confident (and likeable) artist. I hope she stands stong and does not allow anyone to push her to release material that isn't truly representitive of what she wants. Elise must have creative control but with the help of label A&R people. (Interscope's Jimmy Iovine says the job of finding the right songs with the right sound is just to hard without the help of label A&R . .I tend to agree). There must be strong songs both in lyric and melody (a la Carole King maybe? I know, I'm old). She must have great session muscians (not canned backtracks) and Elise's vocal tracks must capture her range, versitility, and expressiveness.

Without the right CD it won't go well. It would be better to not release anything and just tour for awhile and establish a loyal fanbase while developing a signature sound. Carrie Underwood's producer, Mark Bright, stated when they were putting together Carrie's first CD Some Hearts, that it was imperative that SH be right or it will not go well for Underwood. If its true for Carrie its true for Elise. Don't rush anything that isn't right.

Great things are ahead for Elise Testone!

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Posted by RedDirtRoad on May 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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