What an amazing year Elle Varner is having…From just coming off her tour with Miguel and Trey Songz, to receiving a Grammy nomination for ‘Best R&B Song’ with “Refill,” to winning ‘Best New Artist’ at the Soul Train Awards, and let’s not forget the co-signs she received from First Lady Michelle Obama. It’s hard to imagine that Elle only recently released her debut album Perfectly Imperfect, and is still touring in support of it. The soulful singer-songwriter has landed the cover of Vibe Vixen, with a feature and interview titled ‘Brave Heart,’ in which she speaks about beginning work on her sophomore album, fame, dating and more.
Read some excerpts below…
On her next 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?
Yes, I’m warming up to it. My job is to travel the country, so I don’t have a place every day to see whoever I meet, but I think I’m more open [to dating]. I’m starting to feel more secure just as an artist and where I’m at, and now I think, ‘You might have time for a date.’