You talked a little about meeting fans and how surreal things have been for you. What was the moment when you felt like you’d “made it?”
Definitely the BET Awards. But not just the pre-show performance, though, because there was another very unexpected, um, moment that almost overshadowed the performance (laughs). So, yeah,that was pretty funny to me…
Oh you mean all the buzz about your lady lumps? (laughs)
Yes! I mean, I didn’t even realize…..it was almost like I was the person that they shot from that angle the most (laughs). Thanks you guys (Bossip) for posting that, by the way.
Yes, our Bossip readers are definitely team Elle.
Aw, I appreciate that. Thank you so much.
So reading your bio and how you got started, you pretty much come from music. Who would you say is your biggest musical influence in addition to your parents?
Definitely Whitney Houston. She just had a voice like no other. And Mariah. Mariah Carey. I mean those two….they’re both such powerhouse singers so, they’re big influences for me.
Did you get the chance to meet Whitney?
No, unfortunately, I didn’t.
What about Mariah?
Mariah! You know what? I was sitting at the BET Awards..I was in the 3rd row, and all of a sudden all I hear is this click-clacking coming down the aisle and I looked over and she was right there! She was so beautiful and so glamorous in person….I was really in awe.
What about a celebrity crush? Do you have one?
(laughs) Oh man….ummm…..I don’t want to say! Ummm….yeah…..I’m not gonna say (lauhgs.)
Did you always want to sing?
You know, I always wanted to sing but, I had a lot of people telling me that I should break into the industry as a songwriter first and just write for people just to get some exposure but, I decided to go with singing. I definitely worked hard though because I didn’t have anyone co-signing me as a new artist so a lot of people were just like “who is this chick?” you know, so I kind of had to make my own way when I started out and let people know who I was through my music and my singing.
Finish reading to hear Elle round out our chat with her thoughts on dating in the industry, hair secrets, keeping her personal life private, and what she looks for in a guy.