Raspy voiced R&B songstress, Elle Varner, was recently tapped by Bleu magazine for a black and white, restaurant themed-photo shoot. Inside, the singer talks about what inspired her to become a singer/songwriter, what sets her apart from other soul singers, and what she hopes to get across to the audience with her music.
On what inspired her to become a singer/songwriter:
My parents, I’ve always been a singer for as long I could remember.
On composing new material:
My process is very cathartic. A lot of times I am simply getting out my emotions through songs. It’s like my way of expressing myself. Sometimes I just have a melody that would pop into my head subconsciously like with “Refill” and I just start singing it; or I will have a situation that will happen and I would get my guitar knowing that I want to write something.
On what makes her sound different from other R&B Soul artists out today:
My sound is different because number one I feel like I have a very different kind of voice its not the most technically polished voice, it’s a little raspy and I can’t do all those runs. I think my subject matter is very personal because I write all my songs and just a mixture of hip-hop beats and classic R&B song structure.
On what she hopes to get across to the audience with your music:
I want people to really feel my music. I see people tweet all the time ‘oh Elle Varner has me in my feelings right now.’ I love that.
Watch the behind-the-scenes footage below, read the full interview here, and post your thoughts!