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Simi is an award-winning Nigerian female music artist with years of experience under her belt. She has a soft voice and a pretty face that keeps her in your mind long after you’ve finished listening to her song. Today’s article is all about Simi, enjoy!
|Real name||Simisola Kosoko|
|Date of birth||19 April 1988|
|Country of Origin||Federal Republic of Nigeria|
|Source of Wealth||Music, Singing, Songwriting, Endorsements|
Simi was born Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, on 19th April 1988 in Ojuelegba, Surulere, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. As the last child, in a family of four children- all boys- Simi grew up as a tomboy. Sadly, her parents separated when she was only nine years old.
After her primary and secondary school education which she obtained gallantly in Nigeria, Simi proceeded to Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.
Simi always had a flair for music. She grew up in her church’s children’s choir where she sang and danced. She even has a record of writing her first music at the age of 10.
Simi began her professional music career as a gospel artist, but years later she opted for secular songs. Her professional musical career started in 2008 following the release of her first debut studio album titled “Ogaju” in 2008 which contained songs like “Iya Temi” and “Ara Ile” with the entire musical production from Samklef.
After the release of her single “Restless” in January 2014, Simi’s musical career came into the spotlight. It earned her a record deal with X3M Music. On 9th January 2014, Simi released two singles titled “Tiff” and “E No Go Funny” with the songs receiving massive airplay and acceptance generally among music critics. ‘Tiff’ got her nominated in two categories at The Headies Awards in 2015. Simi has also made covers to songs of international artists the likes of Rihanna’s ‘Man down’ and Adele’s ‘Set fire to the rain’.
Simi didn’t rest on her oars after her breakthrough in 2015. This time around, In 2016, she released her second studio album containing the hit single “Jamb Question” which later featured Falz in the remix. Simi was listed as one of the artists to watch out for in 2016 by NotJustOk. On 27th October 2016, Simi collaborated with Falz to release the hit song “Chemistry” a project which was described by Oghene Michael of 360Nobs as an “experiment of the word art”.
Her third studio album ‘Simisola’ was released on 8th September, 2017, with two hit singles “Smile for Me” and “Joromi” which gathered positive reviews from fans and critics, and went on to debut at number five on the Billboard World Albums chart.
In March 2019, Simi announced that she would be releasing her third studio album Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 to coincide with her birthday on April 19, 2019. The song was dedicated to her late dad Charles Oladele Ogunleye, who died in 2014. The 13-track album features guest vocals from Patoranking, Maleek Berry, Falz, and her husband Adekunle Gold.
Simi left X3M Music in May 2019 following the expiration of her contract. She had plans to launch her own music label, named Studio Brat, which she successfully launched in June 2019. In 2020, Simi released ‘Duduke‘, a track which she made for her unborn baby with love. Now, ‘Duduke’ has become a household song for every awaiting Nigerian mother and dating couple alike. Simi also acted at some point in her life. She made her acting debut in Kunle Afolayan’s directorial Mokalik
Simi Music Style
Simi is a creative music artist. Her music style is basically a blend of the rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop genre of music.
Selected Singles Of Simi
Her selected singles include;
- ‘Ara Ile’ in the album Ogaju – 2008
- ‘Emi L’Onijo’ Non-album single- 2012
- ‘Take a Chance’ Non-album single – 2012
- ‘Chocolate Brown’ Non-album single – 2012
- ‘Don’t Judge Me’ (cover) – 2013
- ‘Bibanke’ (cover) – 2013
- ‘Marvin’s Room’ (cover) – 2013
- ‘Tiff’ Simisola – 2014
- ‘E No Go Funny’ Non-album single – 2014
- ‘Jamb Question’ Simisola – 2015
- Jamb Question Remix (featuring Falz) Non-album single – 2015
- ‘Open and Close’ – 2015
- ‘Love Don’t Care’ Simisola – 2016
- ‘Smile for Me’ – 2017
- ‘Joromi’ – 2017
- ‘I Dun Care’ Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 – 2018
- ‘Lovin’ Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 – 2019
- ‘Ayo’ Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 – 2019
- Duduke- 2020
- Simi ft. Ebenezer Obey – Aimasiko (Remix) – 2021
Simi Studio albums
Some of her studio albums include;
- Ogaju – 2008
- Simisola – 2017
- Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 – 2019