Artist Of The Day: Elle King Is “Playing For Keeps” And Winning Fans Along The Way

by (@fdot415)

You know that cool girl in school with a mop of platinum blonde hair, sporting the bright lipstick and piercings you could never pull off, filling the air with an attitude that screams, “I couldn’t even pretend to care that I impress you right now.” That’s Elle King. She’s the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-bred new kid who suddenly appeared at a playground of bluesy, alt-rock soul music, and you’ll hear her on VH1 when Mob Wives Chicago premieres Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

Elle’s likened her sound to the imaginary progeny of great Memphis soul queen Carla Thomas and punk rock poster boy Joey Ramone, but after listening to her debut EP, it’s clear she’s crafted a style all her own. It’s bluesy in a way that sounds like she inhaled too much cigar-smoke from a long-standing gig at a juke joint. Yet, she’s jarringly smooth in her control and effortless in her command.

Not to mention, Elle’s self-penned lyrics make you want to stop and listen even if her voice doesn’t stop you cold first. “It’s a long way down/To the sacred ground/Where the reaper’s playing for keeps” she growls through a chorus of “Playing for Keeps,” which has been chosen as the theme song for Mob Wives Chicago. With a fearless attitude and edge to her voice, it’s the perfect score to set the mood for the deep dish spinoff to VH1′s hit series.

Hurry up with that full length album, Elle. We’re ready for you to play your next hand!

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