Elle Varner was one of the most promising R&B artists to emerge during the early 2010s. Perfectly Imperfect, her 2012 debut album, was a Top Five pop hit and the source of a few charting singles highlighted by the Top Ten R&B/hip-hop hit “Refill,” Grammy-nominated for Best R&B Song. Although her second album was shelved by RCA, Varner remained visible with an assortment of featured appearances, including one on Chance the Rapper’s Grammy-winning Coloring Book. She has since been signed by the Entertainment One label, releasing a handful of singles and the 2019 mixtape Ellevation.
Elle Varner grew up surrounded by music. Her parents, Mikelyn Roderick and Jimmy Varner, were two thirds of By All Means, a group who recorded for Island and Motown. Their credits separately include work with Barry White, Tevin Campbell, Kool & the Gang, and Will Downing.