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Elise Testone;Singer and Songwriter

  • Friday, January 24, 2014

By Kimberly Duncan/For The Times

Elise Testone is a singer and songwriter from Kinnelon, N.J. She has spent the larger part of two years embarking on an ambitious journey competing on the reality television show, American Idol.

Testone placed sixth overall, with her standout performance being her rendition of Led Zeppelin’s anthem “Whole Lotta Love.”

The performance gained a standing ovation from celebrity judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.

Testone’s first performance was at age 6, when her first-grade classmates recognized her singing abilities and nominated her to sing a solo. Her parents cultivated Testone’s natural vocal ability by enrolling her in vocal lessons, as well as clarinet and percussion lessons.

Testone received a bachelor’s degree in Music from Coastal Carolina University in 2005. During her four years at CCU, Testone gained experience by utilizing all the music related opportunities the school had to offer, including gospel choir, concert choir, pop 101, music history, private vocal coaching and more.

Two weeks before her Senior Recital called “Word Painting,” where she took attendees on a multi genre musical journey through English, Italian, French and German pieces, she capped off her college years by independently arranging a 21-song concert with background vocals, full band, orchestra, dancers and guests; including a duet with world renowned bassist Steve Bailey. To this day is that performance is talked about on campus. She refers to the show as one of the proudest moments of her life.

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