Gabrielle Serene “Elle” Varner (born 12 February 1989). Is an American Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Raised in Los Angeles, she studied at New York University’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. In October 2009, she signed with RCA Records along with a co-publishing agreement with Sony Music. Varner released her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect. On 7 August 2012, preceded by the release of the single “Only Wanna Give It to You”. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard Hot 200. In September 2012, Varner was credited for co-writing the song “Use Me”. For fellow American R&B singer Miguel. Taken from his second album Kaleidoscope Dream.
Her debut single “Only Wanna Give It to You” was released on 6 August 2011. The song, which serves as the lead single from her debut studio album Perfectly Imperfect (2012). Features American rapper J. Cole, the song peaked at #20 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In October 2011, she was listed as one of TheBoomBox’s ’15 Artists to Watch’and was one of the artists featured in BET’s Music Matters campaign. On 7 October 2011, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Varner (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release her future material on RCA Records.
In preparation for her debut studio album, Varner released a mixtape on 23 January 2012, titled Conversational Lush as promotion towards her debut. The second single from Varner’s debut album “Refill” was released to iTunes 31 January 2012, and debuted at #78 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On 11 February 2012, Varner and The Roots gave a performance dedicated to Whitney Houston. For the Roots Pre-Grammy Jam Session at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. When asked in an interview what is to be expected from her debut. Varner said in a statement: “a lot of color, a lot of range. There’s fun songs, emotional songs, deep songs, everything you could think about is on that album.”
For her second studio album, Varner has been working with producers including Pop & Oak, Eric Hudson, DJ Dahi, Da Internz, and Hit-Boy. Varner stated that she has made her own genre while recording the album which she titles “trap jazz.” Varner described her second album as “definitely sexier,” than her previous, she later released the promotional single “Rover” featuring American rapper Wale.
“4 Letter Word” (TBA) Label: RCA. “Perfectly Imperfect” (7 August 2012).
Conversational Lush (23 January 2012) Label: Self-released.
As lead artist
“Birthday” (featuring 50 Cent) (2015 Album 4 Letter Word). “Don’t Wanna Dance” (featuring A$AP Ferg) (2014 Album 4 Letter Word). “Oh What a Night” (2012 Album Perfectly Imperfect). “I Don’t Care” (2012 Album Perfectly Imperfect). “Refill” (2012 Album Perfectly Imperfect). “Only Wanna Give It to You” (featuring J. Cole) (2011 Album Perfectly Imperfect).
“Rover” (2014 4 Letter Word) and “So Fly” (2012 Album Perfectly Imperfect).
“All You Need” Statik Selektah, Ab-Soul, Action Bronson (2015 Album Lucky 7). “Do It to Em” Juicy J (2015 Album Blue Dream & Lean 2). “Run Up On Ya” Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson (2015 Album B4.Da.$$). “No Miracles” Kid Ink, MGK (2014 Album My Own Lane). “Luv Me Tomorrow” Omen, Karina Pasian, Amanda Seales, Apple Juice Kid (2012 Black Hero Theme Musik).