Release date: August 7, 2012
Producer: Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Warren “Oak” Felder, Frankie Storm and Darrhyl Camper.
Record Label: RCA Records
Review by Ntombikayise Ngidi
If Elle Varner’s music does not take you through a nostalgic trip, you were one deprived adolescent.
In 2012, American singer-songwriter, Elle Varner won crowds over with her highly anticipated debut album, perfectly imperfect. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard Hot 200. I surmise I speak not only for myself when I say that Elle oozes simplicity that is too endearing to overlook.
Elle’s lead single Only Wanna Give It to You received numerous oohs and ahhs, not just because it features the charming J Cole but it is genuinely a feel good song. Furthermore, it was recognised as one of the best songs for the year 2012.
When asked how she started working with J Cole, Elle laughed shyly and said “I bumped into him and I was like ‘Yo what’s up what are you doing here?’ and he was like ‘Yo I just signed with Roc Nation‘ and I was like ‘Yo I just signed with J. Records… When it came time to do the lead single for my album he was the first person I thought of.”
Moving on to my personal favourite, Refill also stood out from the album. As an awkward teenager, surely you recall having a summer romance that you wished would blossom into a relationship. If you know what I am talking about, do indulge.
Since Elle’s father, Jimmy Varner was a musician himself, Elle spent most of her childhood sleeping on studio couches, observing as her parents struggled to make a name in the industry.
A 16 year old Elle learned to play the guitar but abruptly dropped it as she became a part of Alexander Hamilton High School’s Academy of Music’s Vocal Jazz Group. Four years later she finds herself a well-rounded and cultured singer-songwriter.
It is interesting to note that Elle Varner remains tenacious in the unforgiving music industry and production. Also, she aims to serenade us once more as she is working on another studio album. She has been working with the likes of Pop & Oak, Eric Hudson, DJ Dahi, Da Internz, and Hit-Boy. Sounds promising.
Although her voice has been compared to Adele’s, Elle has soul that Adele could only wish she had. Yes? No? Maybe?