NEW MUSIC: Elle Varner feat J Cole – Only Wanna Give It To You

by Winston "Stone" Ford

I don’t want to say this but I will. Elle Varner is refreshing.

The J Records signee has only recently gotten on my radar but I’m glad she did. The daugther of two songwriters, the singer has gotten extensive training at both the L.A.’s Amazing Grace Conservatory, The Grammy in the Schools, and NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. The result is some refreshing pop, steeped in old school but again, refreshing and new.

Her J-Cole assisted single, “Only Want To Give It To You,” should be a hit. It’s got the 90s throwback hook that should get the radio going nuts. But Varner is more than a one dimensional pop clone. She writes her own songs and plays guitar–a rarity in US music it seems. Also, she has an actual personality, she loves the camera and her quirkiness makes her endearing. Check it.