Music Seen: VH1 Spends A Day With Up And Coming Artist Elle King (PHOTOS)

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Elle King VH1 Music Seen

We’re not gonna lie, everyone here at VH1 is pretty smitten with Elle King. So much so that from the moment our Creative Music Integration (CMI) team heard this 23 year-old’s raw, soulful-beyond-her-years voice on “Playing For Keeps,” they knew that it would make the perfect theme song for Mob Wives: Chicago. Elle came by our offices last week to celebrate the release of her brand new, eponymous EP, and our own Lauren Weissler spent the day trailing Elle and taking these gorgeous photographs —some of which come with commentary from Elle herself!— for the latest entry in our ongoing Music Seen series.

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“Usually at 7 am my make up is the same from the night before. I was also really excited that for the first time I got to look and dress how I wanted and really be myself.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen
“This was an awesome moment right before I went on to sing. I was looking down out of Vh1’s huge windows and realizing how lucky I am to get to do what I love. I never thought I’d be here, I never thought I’d be good enough, but I also never quit. It’s a really incredible feeling having people believe in you, but it’s an even better feeling when you finally believe in yourself.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“I’m definitely not the girl you bring home to mom.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“This is the real Paulie D. I have the sweetest band. Don’t he clean up nice? I love these boys!”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“Right before we played I was thinking ‘This is it…this is it…don’t mess up your lyrics. DON’T CURSE Miss Sailor Mouth. Please don’t puke. Don’t say anything dumb (which I did) and DON’T FALL!!’ I never wear heels, but this was a good occasion to start!”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“Never thought I’d be playing banjo on live tv, BAREFOOT, and in a fancy dress. Actually…I never thought I’d wear a fancy dress!!”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“Hey! I’m not short…I’m vertically challenged! Everyone was beyond nice. They all went out of their way to make me feel welcome. I really appreciated that.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“VH1 asks the tough questions.I just give the dumb answers.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“This is my ‘I hope I didn’t say anything I wasn’t supposed to say’ face. I got loose lips and bad ideas. Oh well.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“I didn’t care about anything other than BBQ, BBQ, and MORE BBQ.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“I wasn’t sure if I was still awake or not. But my little boy Blue was beggin for playtime. Baby gets what baby wants.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“I mean honestly though…if he ain’t a prince, I don’t know who is.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“No big deal. Just TRUE LOVE.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen

“Pimpin IS actually quite easy.”

Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen
Elle King VH1 Music Seen

[Photo Credit: Lauren Weissler/VH1]