American Idol finalist Elise Testone grew up in a houseful of jukeboxes (her father collected them), and was exposed to a broad expanse of hit music including Motown, the British Invasion, Janis Joplin, and James Brown. Her appearance on “Idol” launched her career as a soulful R&B belter, and she has appeared on such popular TV programs as The TonightShow with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and others. Equally at home covering Janis Joplin’s white blues, Led Zeppelin’s hard-crunching classic rock, Tina Turner’s R&B and Adele’s contemporary pop balladry, Testone is a powerhouse vocalist whose incredible stage presence and vocal maturity rank with the best.
Testone brings her patented blend of classic rock and R&B to Club Helsinki Hudson on March 24, at 9 p.m.
Raised on Motown, the Beatles, and Queen, Testone knew she was a singer even as a young girl. She began studying privately at age 5, excelling and performing publicly at local coffeehouses through her teens. Eventually graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a Vocal Performance degree, Testone came of age as a professional performer and private educator in Charleston, S.C., becoming one of the most seasoned and well-respected musicians in town.
At the age of 27, she was approached by a scout from “American Idol” and decided to use the opportunity (urged on especially by her students) as a stepping-stone to propel her career, ultimately becoming a finalist on the hit show. In the wake of her appearance on American Idol, where she performed Tina Turner’s version of the Al Green chestnut, “Let’s Stay Together,” Testone has toured extensively and has appeared on such popular TV programs as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and others.
While she enjoyed her time on Idol, Testone has her own unique brand of music, a brand that owes more to artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Lauryn Hill than to today’s disposable hit-makers. Her concerts combine her self-penned songs, including “Help Me”, “Now” and “I Will Not Break”, as well as versions of her favorite tunes by Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Adele. Go here to stream tracks from her album, “In This Life,” featuring 10 original numbers.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call (518) 828-4800. To purchase tickets online, visit helsinkihudson.com.