If there is one it girl on the rise across multiple platforms, it would be the soulful Elle Varner.
The hip-pop community got their first sound bite of the soul singer alongside former classmate J.Cole on her hit "Only Wanna Give It To You" that hooked in a loyal following.
After packing the house at S.O.B's in New York City this week to perform hits from her mix tape Conversational Lush, the songstress is starring in her first cover shoot on the front of this month's issue of AMMO Magazine.
The artful styling in vintage sweaters and dresses matched Elle's artful panache and soulful voice.
The 23-year-old discusses her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, and talks a little about her musical influence in the accompanying article.
Sure, Elle is a music gal, but she is definitely one to watch on the style radar as well.
Check out some excerpts from her article below:
On what we can expect from her album Perfectly, Imperfect that we didn’t get on her mixtape, Conversational Lush:
My album Perfectly, Imperfect is very different. It’s, like, a singer/songwriter album. Like, if Alanis Morissette met hip-hop and R&B. Like, I’m speaking my mind. I’m very opinionated. I write all my songs so I have that kind of approach as a songwriter but the tracks are just full of swag and just crazy stuff. There’s a lot of surprises in there; so it’s dope.
On if she always knew that she wanted to be a vocalist:
I’ve always wanted to be a singer since I was a little kid but I went through a phase right after high school where I wasn’t very confident in my ability to be an artist. I had a lot of people especially in college tell me, “Oh, you should be a songwriter first like Neyo. Get your feet in the game as a songwriter.” like, they kind of didn’t want to say, “I don’t know if you have it.” I just took that and I said, “You know what? I’m gonna do it my way.” Ironically I got an artist deal before a publishing deal so…
What has been your proudest moment so far?
Let’s see… My proudest moment in music so far has to be [when] I was interviewed by a 10 year old. She did her school project on me and that was one of the proudest moments actually of my life because I said, “If I’m making a difference for 10 year olds I’m doing something right. I’m very proud of that.
On What’s next For Elle Varner:
What’s next for Elle Varner is world take over. I see myself being at the very very very very very top of the music game period but especially as a R&B singer. I think it’s time to take it back to the days when R&B was dominating and you had your Whitney Houston’s and your Mariah Carey’s and it was all good. I miss those days and I think it’s time for a change. I strongly feel that I’m a contender for that position.
Be sure to head over to AMMO.com to see Elle's full article.