A powerhouse vocalist whose incredible stage presence and vocal maturity rank with the best, Elise Testone is the perfect combination of soul, rock, attitude and restraint. Equally as impressive and at ease belting James Brown style vocals over a relentless funk groove as she is resting her voice gently over a ballad, Testone’s range of influences and vocal capacity know few limits.
At the age of 27 she was approached by a scout from television reality show 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, 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 is excited to bring her own unique brand of music to the world, 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. She has opened for B.B. King, Snoop Dogg, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and Dumpstaphunk, and has performed with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd members, and Soulive and Lettuce members to name a few.
Currently, Testone has begun a new chapter of her career living in Brooklyn, NY where she is working with Producer Jesse Fischer on a new Album which features drummer Daru Jones, drummer Robert "Sput" Searight, bassist Mono Neon, guitarist Brandon "Taz" Niederauer, guitarist Jordan Peters and more. They are constantly creating new music for their future tour, performing at Music Festivals such as Peach, Chesapeake Bay Blues Fest, Harvest Festival in Canada and more, and venues such as The Cutting Room, The Blue Note, Rockwood Music Hall, Irving Plaza, and Brooklyn Bowl to name a few.
"Now" ~ Elise Testone, Official Music Video
JSWISS stands out as an adept lyricist who embodies the essence of hip hop with an infusion of soul, while being college educated and raised in the suburbs, gives SWISS a different perspective from many emcees. Fans of hip hop’s “Golden Age” in the 90s and artists like Talib Kweli, The Rootsand A Tribe Called Quest will love what this emcee has to offer, as will anyone who appreciates quality content from the heart. With clever wordplay, positive messages and an infectious energy that drives an exciting live show, JSWISS appeals to hip hop purists and new hip hop audiences alike. Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival producer Brooklyn Bodega calls JSWISS “a great representative of the future of the culture,” while legendary emcee/producer Erick Sermon said that he’s “what hip hop needs” immediately after catching him perform for the first time.
JSWISS has shared the stage with the likes of Rakim, EPMD, The Dust Rays (including Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelley of The Roots), Big K.R.I.T., 2 Chainz and Asher Roth, performed at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the famed Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and SOBs in Manhattan.
“The listenability of his new music, especially how he successfully draws influence from a variety of genres, is also helping to connect him to a widespread audience, with fans of R&B, hip hop, soul, pop and rock all able to find something to like in JSWISS.” – The Source Magazine
JSWISS - Dedicate.LoveSomethin (Prod. By Brady Watt) [VIDEO]
Devin Bing, Producer
Devin’s deep roots and passion for American standards and jazz mixed with a contemporary approach to songwriting and production is the ultimate synchronicity of classic cool with today’s modern music. As both a top-line songwriter and music producer, Devin has that unique ability to single handedly take a song from inception to the final stages of production. His songs have been placed in K-Pop, TV, Film & Radio (Hyundai, ABC & NBC). As an award winning vocalist and trained jazz pianist, his well versed understanding of the musical language allows him to connect and work with a wide range of artists. Devin helps enhance any recording project whether it be in vocal production, music production or both!
"Mr. Bing's sleek, pop-soul grooves with jazz flavoring are associated with hits by the likes of Robin Thicke." - The New York Times
"Bing's original songs already sound like they're standing the test of time." - BWW