Elle Varner talks Perfectly Imperfect, songwriting beginnings, London +more | SoulCulture TV

With her Soul and Hip Hop inspired debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, solidly making it’s mark on the US charts and critics alike, emerging singer-songwriter Elle Varner‘s come a long way since penning her first song ten years ago at the age of 13 – and SoulCulture TV recently sat down with the R&B songstress in New York to talk about her journey so far.

Bearing the singles “Only Wanna Give It To You” featuring J. Cole, “Refill” and “I Don’t Care,” since its release on August 7 the album has claimed the 2nd and 4th positions on Billboard’s R&B Albums and Top 200 charts respectively, in addition to the top spot on the iTunes R&B/Soul chart and rave reviews.

But Varner is no stranger to the industry; her parents Mikelyn Roderick and Jimmy Varner having been heavily involved in music for years, singing together in the [now disbanded] group By All Means in the late ’80s and early ’90s, as well as writing, producing and performing with a range of artists including Kool & The Gang, Tevin Campbell, Rahsaan Patterson and Will Downing.

Whilst never becoming household names, their tireless efforts didn’t go unnoticed by Elle, who spent many days of her youth in the studio with them listening to what they were working on. “My parents are like many artists in this world that get to a certain level, and that was it. For me, if my parents had been super famous and super successful I wouldn’t even be who I am,” the NYU grad reflects.

“Seeing my parents struggle, watching them work tirelessly and go after their dream was important for me to see, and know what it’s really like – not just the glamour.”

Find out more about this emerging talent below.

Elle Varner’s debut album Perfectly Imperfect is out now through RCA. [iTunes / Amazon]

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