Elle Varner Covers VIBE Vixen December 2012/January 2013 Issue [Photo]
R&B’s new hit girl Elle Varner who is currently touring with Trey Songz and Miguel, graced the cover of the new Vibe Vixen December’12/January’13 issue. With her debut LP Perfectly Imperfect hitting number 4 on the Billboard 200, a Soul Train Award for Best New Artist, and a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song for “Refill,” Varner is definitely becoming a name to know.
Check out highlights from her interview with Niki McGloster and photos by Karl Fergunson below.
Who is Elle?
In this moment right now, Elle is a young lady becoming a young woman stepping into a more responsible role—knowing what I want and speaking out for what I want and getting it.
How did you blossom into that confident space?
By trying things all the time. Someone said to me recently, ‘Don’t walk scared. Even if you’re scared of doing something, do it. Don’t shut down.’ Through using that and just learning about myself, I’ve learned that things aren’t that deep usually. Things that are in your mind, don’t let them build up.
You don’t want to be boxed in, and with that said, which songs were the hardest to write for your debut album?
I probably went back and changed ” Not Tonight” the most. It’s one of those songs that every word had to be perfect. And I know the album is called Perfectly Imperfect [laughs] but… I’ll share something with you. On the bridge I say, ‘I’m standing here terrified,” and I was supposed to say “I’m standing here paralyzed/broken hearted I could die.” Little things like that.
Nobody knows that’s a mistake, trust me. Have you begun working on the sophomore album?
I’ve been recently listening to different tracks and playing different stuff on the guitar. I think I really have to wrap my head around what has happened in the past year and a half and figure out what I want to say, because I basically told my whole life story up until the point of my [first] album. And as soon as that album was done, my life took a whole different turn. Now I’m just still getting used to it. It’s about more than sounds—what do I want to say?
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