Full Biography Of A Nigeria Singer “Simi”
Simisola “Simi” Ogunleye is a Nigeria singer and songwriter born April 19, 1988.
Simi was born in Ojuelegba, a suburb of Surulere, as the last child of four children and she grew up as a tomboy before the separation of her parents when she was 9. She attended Stars International College, a secondary school in Ikorodu, Lagos State. She is an alumni of Covenant University, where she studied mass communication.
Simi started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008, titled Ogaju. She gained prominence in 2014 after releasing “Tiff”, a song that was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015. Simi is currently signed to X3M Music. She released her second studio album Simisola on September 8, 2017. Her third studio album Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 was released to coincide with her thirty-first birthday on April 19, 2019.
Simi grew up dancing and singing as a member of her local church’s choir. She wrote her first song at the age of 10. Her professional musical career started in 2008 following the release of her debut studio album Ogaju, which consisted of a variety of songs such as “Iya Temi” and “Ara Ile”. The album was produced entirely by Samklef.
In January 2014, Simi released an EP titled Restless that eventually earned her a record deal with X3M Music. The EP contains a 5-track cover of popular songs by international acts like Rihanna’s “Man Down” and Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”.
On January 9, 2014, Simi released two singles titled “Tiff” and “E No Go Funny”, both of them receiving massive airplay and had generally positive reviews from critics. The video for “Tiff” was released on August 30, 2015 and directed by Josh Clarke. The song was nominated for Best Alternative Song” at the 2015 edition of The Headies.
Later in 2015, Simi won the Most Promising Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She released “Jamb Question”, and she was listed as one of the artistes to watch out for in 2016 by NotJustOk. The remix of “Jamb Question” features Nigerian rapper Falz.
On February 14, 2016, Simi released the Oscar Heman Ackah-produced love ballad”Love Don’t Care”. It received frequent radio airplay and was met with positive reviews.”Love Don’t Care” effectively addresses tribalism and discrimination in Nigeria.The music video of the song was directed by Clarence Peters. In October 2016, she was nominated in the Best Breakthrough Act category at the 2016 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards. On October 27, Simi collaborated with Falz to release Chemistry. In December 2016, Simi was nominated in three categories at The Headies 2016, and she won one.
In anticipation of her second studio album Simisola, a 12-track album which features only Adekunle Gold as guest artiste, Simi released two singles “Smile for Me” and “Joromi” backed with music videos which were directed by Clarence Peters and Aje Films respectively. She unveiled the album’s tracklist via Instagram on September 1, 2017 before it was released on September 8 to relatively positive reviews and went on to debut at number five on the Billboard World Albums chart.
Since the release of her album, she has released for music videos off the album including “O wa nbe”, “Complete me”, “Gone for good” and “Aimasiko” which was a cover to a song of similar title by Ebenezer Obey with cameo appearance from him. On August 11, 2018 simi released another hit single of her style “I dun care” alongside a video for it.
Apart from singing and songwriting, Simi is also a sound engineer. She is credited with mixing and mastering Adekunle Gold’s debut studio album Gold, which was released in July 2016. Her music style is basically hinged in the rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop music genres.
She got married to singer Adekunle Gold in a private wedding ceremony on January 9, 2019. It was later revealed that they had been dating for five years.
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