Some things are just truly meant to be and Elle Varner's rise to fame sounds like one of them.
Born to two published songwriters just a hop skip and a jump from Hollywood, this singer was destined to enter the music business. Now, after graduating from Hamilton High School's Academy of Music in Los Angeles and the Clive Davis Program of Recorded Music at NYU, the J Records signee joined the BET fam as one of the orginal Music Matters artists in 2010.
Now the songbird debuts the video for the first single off her upcoming album "Only Wanna Give it to You" featuring fellow J. Cole on 106 and Park today [October 4].
Elle, still bubbling to the brim with excitement over the acknowledgement, explains how she linked with the fellow Music Matters artist, J. Cole.
"We actually met in college," said Elle. "He went to St. John's and we had a mutual friend at my school and like two years later I saw him in the Sony building when I had just got signed and I bumped into him I was like 'Yo what's up what are you doing here.' and he's like 'Yo I just singed with Roc Nation' and I"m 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."
Elle takes her designation as a Music Matters artists very seriously, highlighting the importance of music to quality of life. "Music matters to me because it is a form of life," said Elle. "It's like air, it's like water, It's the essence of life. It's something that we all need to function, to stay alive."
Her debut Perfectly Imperfect is due in stores by the end of the year. In the mean time, Varner will keep busy promoting the album with a college tour that includes a stop at Howard University's homecoming in a few weeks.
(Photo: John Ricard/BET)