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Published on January 7th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


Elise Testone Celebrates New Studio Album with Double Duty

Charleston-based singer/songwriter Elise Testone (an American Idol Season 11 finalist) and her sizable backing band will return to the Charleston Music Hall stage on Thurs. Feb. 13 to celebrate the official release of their forthcoming studio album In This Life.

Testone and her crew headlined an elegant Valentine’s Day-themed concert at the Charleston Music Hall last February billed as “Whole Lotta Love.” The set featured several of the new compositions that made it onto In This Life.

Testone, guitarist Wallace Mullinax, drummer Daniel Crider, bassist Matthew Thompson, pianist Gerald Gregory, cellist Lonnie Root, trumpeter Cameron Handel, saxophonist Simon Harding, vocalist Zandrina Dunning, and guests — began recording the basic tracks for In This Life at Truphonic Studio in West Ashley last March. They also  tracked and overdubbed at Hello Telescope downtown and at Charleston Sound in Mt. Pleasant. Local sound engineer Joey Cox helped track and mix the album.

Testone will independently release the 10-song collection on Feb. 11 on her own imprint, Red Tambo Records.


In a recent press release, Testone explains that the album title refers to her experiences as a performing artist. “The idea behind In This Life is that I go and get what I want, I work hard for what I want and I don’t expect anything handed to me,” she says. “I’ve learned that through a lot of hardships and situations.”

On Feb. 13, Testone and company will pull double-duty, performing the main In This Life CD release show at the Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. before heading across town to the Pour House for an “after party” set at 11 p.m.

Tickets for both events are on sale now. Advance ticket prices for the Music Hall include a $20 seat and a $40 VIP spot (they’re $25 and $45, day of show). Admission to the Pour House that night is $17. A “Two Show Bundle” offer is available for $30 in advance.

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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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