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Closing Out 2016!!

I just want to thank everyone who has supported me or pushed me to go further in the past. I think we can all agree that 2016 was not the best year due to many losses and traumatic events, but here we are, still standing! Through all the hard times we endure just remember that with out darkness there could not possibly be light. My fellow artists remind me of this constantly with there words and through their heartfelt forms of expression.  Life can get so REAL sometimes its almost unbelievable.  Don't be too hard on yourself, it's not worth the time! Reflect and move forward, reflect and move forward, reflect and move forward...but you must always be allowing yourself to learn if you want to grow.  The lessons I learn through trial and error are priceless.

I am happy to share that I decided to end 2016 with a musical 'bang' by paying tribute to three of my all time favorite artists, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and James Brown!!! You can check the home page on the website for details and ticket links!

Moving forward, 2017 is going to be my most exciting year yet! I plan to write and record all new music with some amazing musicians that I personally have been following for years. I couldn't be more thrilled to start this process!! I hope you will stick with me through it all because your love means more than you will ever know!!   

Last but not least, remember to always FOLLOW YOUR HEART. No one knows what you desire or need more than you do so trust your gut, your inner compass, to guide you!! 

Much Love and Music,

Elise

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Life

Life. We are always learning. It never stops. Take what you can from every situation without dwelling on the past. Fears can cause selfishness and hold you back. Recognizing this will help you live your days in a more loving and open way and will also help you avoid having regrets. I'm still learning and striving to be a better person everyday. My biggest challenge has been not acting on my fears with anger- fear that I'm not loved, fear that I'm not appreciated or respected, fear that I might fail. We all have fears but finding love, earning respect and becoming successful can never be forced. I only want what's real or I will never be satisfied. I'm still learning.

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Reinvention

The new Chapter of my life has started.  I am living on the NorthEast coast and have been traveling near and far.  Last month I was recording in Connecticut at Carriage House Studios and I am excited to release a studio recording of the original song written by Adam Fallen and myself called "Help Me" in a couple of weeks! I will release a Single each month to keep the music fresh and to keep the creativity flowing.  I am very excited to focus on this sound I have been capturing with local New York musicians and I can't wait to share it with you!  We will be debuting new music at the upcoming show in Charleston On February 14th at the Charleston Music Hall.  You don't want to miss it! 

On a side note, the last few weeks have been incredible as far as luck and opportunity are concerned.  I recently was in California where I had the pleasure of playing music with or spending time with admirable artists of whom I deeply respect.  To start, I was asked to perform "Sweet Home Alabama" with remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd while Michael Anthony of Van Halen played bass and Robert Randolph played lap steel. I had the pleasure of performing Jimi Hendrix "Little Wing" with Lauryn HIll's guitarist and bass player, and I had the opportunity to watch and listen closely as John Sebastian and Victor Wooten melted hearts and taught us that focusing on the song is the strongest way to convey the story and that less can be so much more.  My guitarist Adam Fallen, keyboardist Trey Cooper and Accordion player Cory Pesaturo and I performed in a small room while George Benson and his son along with Bernie Williams enjoyed the moment and gave us gracious compliments. I watched a 16 year old named Ray sing and play guitar better than 85% of the people I know.  I sat in with a band in LA to end the trip that included Rawshan Ross (Dave Matthews Band, etc) on trumpet and Eric Ingram (Lil Wayne) on bass among other fabulous players. I really enjoyed every moment of these connections and am so excited for the future!

Thank you for taking an interest in my life and love,

Elise  

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Christmas time!

I am really excited for the Holidays!  I just booked a Christmas Party show at Prohibition downtown on King Street on December 18th and would love to see my friends there, especially since I am moving and will miss everyone terribly!!! Adam Fallen will be joining on guitar along with Calvin Baxtor, Rodrick Cliche and some other wonderful guests! We will cover the funk and some classic Christmas tunes! 

On another note, Ive been packing and cleansing of some material things to get ready for the next chapter in my life.  I also recently signed with a wonderful PR company and have a strong plan in store for future releases and more! Thank you to all the supporters of the arts and all my loyal fans! 

Happy Holidays! 

Elise

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Snow & Family

So many things to be thankful for!

I have enjoyed spending time with my friends and family this past month more than I can put into words.  Such an added bonus to see the beautiful first snow in my home town clinging to the branches of the hovering trees.  I am truly blessed in so many ways and so are you! 

This past month has been packed with opportunities and experiences that have changed me for the better.  A best friend of mine Adam Fallen always reminds people that the definition of luck is when preparation meets opportunity.  New York is a city where luck is thick in the air and it's up to you to grab it and run with it.  Although I will always call Charleston home, I am looking forward to all the great unknowns that the city has to offer.  This week I have had the pleasure of sitting in with Robert Randolph and the Family Band which included members of one of our favorite bands Lettuce on stage.  I had two shows of my own in Hoboken at Maxwell's Tavern and also at Arlene's Grocery in the East Village of Manhattan.  Both shows felt wonderful with two different super sick nasty bass players haha. Seriously tho- they killed it.  I had such a wonderful time. 

Plans for the new year include new music with a cohesive sound starting with a Single hopefully ready for release by February 14 at my annual Valentines Day Show at the Charleston Music Hall.

Do something new this weekend and don't forget to take chances and cease the moment! YOLO! 

Love and Music,

Elise 

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NYC

Hello world! I have been spending a lot of time in NYC over the last few months and have been doing some soul searching!  I have been so fortunate to be amongst respected musicians, Producers and other artists.  Among these artists I've been blessed to be in the company of the great trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, piano player Jon Batiste, pedal steel player and singer Robert Randolph, producer Elite, guitarist Hanan Rubinstein, and many more! I am being pulled towards NY very strongly right now and though I love Charleston (click!!) very very much I think I need to go for a while and spread my wings.  I feel scared and inspired ...and a little broke... but I know it will all be worth it.  I have so much to give and NY is a huge city of opportunity.  Please keep in touch as I plan to Blog much more! 

Much Love and Music always,

Elise

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Helllllooooo Blog

It's been a long time, I know.

So the summer has been great and has brought some changes of direction for me.  My goal was to stay local to write, record and build the band.  Some of that was accomplished- but larger cities are calling to me at the moment- and for the love of personal growth- I am going to respond.  So far I had a lovely week in Nashville and New York, and am now back in the big apple for a show tomorrow night at The Red Door as a special guest in the extremely talented Lex Sadler's project Rhythm & Stealth.  I will be back in NY most of October and November and will see where time & exposure leads me!  Please keep an eye on the Tour schedule, Blog and more! Much love to all of you EliTes!! 

Yours Truly 

Elise

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New Press on Parade.com Site

A big thank you to Nancy Berk at Parade.com for the Showbiz Analysis article recently posted from an interview we had!  I love all the positive revues coming in! 

I am also thrilled to announce that my Album has been making a come back on the ITunes music charts!  Within the last few days I was back on around #232, but today the Album reached #176!!  Thank you SO much to all my supportive fans!!  

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Kentucky Derby

I have to say that the last four days have really been amazing.  The band and I were invited to entertain some high class folks in two different VIP rooms on Friday and Saturday at Kentucky Derby.  We had met people from all over the world- famous and infamous-  and had received high praise from them as well!  To top it all off, Diane and I bet on California Chrome for the Win and the dang horse WON!  So exciting!!! My favorite part of it all honestly was being with Wallace, Diane, Lonnie, Stu and Matty.  I love sharing these moments with them as we make music and see the world! Now we are back in beautiful sunny Charleston so its time to take a nap on the beach!  Gotta rest up for another busy week : )

  

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Top New Artist charts

I am excited to report that ELISE TESTONE ~ IN THIS LIFE  has made it on the Top New Artist charts landing at # 128.  Not bad for being totally Independent!! I would also like to announce new merchandise will be available online in the next week or two.  Stay tuned for more info! 

The band and I just got back from playing with two of our favorite local bands- Dangermuffin and Sol Driven Train - in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia.  We had some fun, played our butts off and met some sweet fans!  Hope to share the bill with these two bands again very soon! 

Finally, I was SO fortunate last week to be able to kick it with Erykah Badu for a few nights.  Ms Badu has been a number one inspiration to me since I was in the 6th grade and my love for her music and ideas only grows stronger!  Baduizm was one of the first CD's I had ever gotten.  Her melodies, unique sound, harmonies and ideas are only part of why I love her!!  I see our paths crossing again in the near future! If you don't know her- check her out now! 

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Overwhelmingly ecstatic!

A HUGE thank you to all of my fans and my team for helping yesterday be so successful! I cannot believe I FINALLY get to say that my album has been released AND it made it all the way to the #11 spot on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter album charts in just ONE DAY! If you haven't checked it out yet, please give it a listen. You won't be disappointed...

In other equally exciting news, the album release shows are TOMORROW! That's right... I said shows.. plural! One's at the Charleston Music Hall in downtown Charleston; the other is immediately after at The Charleston Pour House on James Island. Join me and the rest of the crew for the Official After Party at The Pour House following the shows. Can't wait!

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ALBUM RELEASE TOMORROW!!

So excited to share the Album with you all!

 

You can purchase your digital copy on ITunes, AmazonMP3, or any other digital source of your choosing! If you would like a physical copy of the Album, click here to place your order!

 Check out the New Music Video for "I Will Not Break"

I want to thank everyone who has supported this journey!  The band an I are super stoked to perform this Thursday celebrating the release at both the Charleston Music Hall and the Pour House!

See you there!!

Much Love and Music,

            Elise

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Did You Buy Your Tickets Yet?!?!?!

Happy Sunday, everyone! Just reminding you to buy your tickets to my album release shows/after party if you haven't already! The album is being released next Tuesday, February 11th around the world! The album release shows and after party are NEXT THURSDAY, February 13th! I'm playing one show at Charleston Music Hall before playing another one at The Charleston Pour House.

The show at Charleston Music Hall starts at 8pm, doors open at 7pm. Prices range from $20-40 so get them before they go up!

The Pour House show starts around 10pm, with doors opening at 9pm! Immediately following the show, we'll continue the celebration at The Pour House with our official after party. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $17 the day of the release party.

Be sure to check out my new merchandise posters below. They'll be on sale at post shows on the 13th. A HUGE thank you to the very talented Jason Moore for the awesome painting.

With love and music,

Elise