Outside of music, what does Elle Varner do in her spare time?
Nothing! [laughs] No, in my spare time I’m very much a home body. I love to cook. I love to craft, whether it’s making jewelry or clothes. I love writing, listening to music, dancing, things that I can do at home. I’m not really a party girl.
You have attended renowned musical programs including Amazing Grace Conservatory and NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, did you always know you would 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 can we expect from Perfectly, Imperfect that we didn’t get onConversational 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.
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.
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.
Photographer: Ashley sky Walker
Photo Assistant: Nican Robinson
Wardrobe Stylist: Kareem James
Fashion Assistant: Marcelle Turner
Hair Stylist: Tiarra Jackson
Makeup Artist: Rodney Jon
Shoot at Industria Studios in NYC
Special Thanks to Lindell Palmer of iPop