Born in Ojuelegba, a suburb of Surulere in Lagos as the last of 4 children in April 19, 1988 Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (1988-04-19)is professionally known and referred to as Simi. She is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
Simi who is an alumnus of Covenant University where she studied Mass Communication in an interview revealed that she grew up as a tomboy before the separation of her parents when she was 9. Simi grew up dancing and singing as a member of her local church’s choir until she wrote her first song at the age of 10.
The artiste who started out as a gospel singer began her professional musical career in 2006 following the release of her debut album titled Ogaju which contained songs like “Iya Temi” and “Ara Ile” with the entire musical production from Samklef.
Her career came into spotlight in January 2014 when she released an EP titled Restlesswhich gained her new grounds and further 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”, with the former receiving massive airplay and accepted generally among music critics. The video for “Tiff” was released on August 30, 2015 and directed by Josh Clarke. The song went on to be nominated in the “Best Alternative Song” category at the 2015 edition of The Headies.
In 2015, Simi won the “Most Promising Act to Watch” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In an interview, Simi said she is working on her sophomore album scheduled to be released in 2016. Upon the release of a single titled “Jamb Question” which later featured Falz in the remix, Simi was listed as one of the artistes to watch out for in 2016 by NotJustOk.
Apart from singing and songwriting, Simi is also a sound engineer. She was credited to have mixed and mastered Adekunle Gold’s Gold album which was released in July 2016. Her music style is basically hinged in the rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop genre of music.
On 27th of october 2016, simi and falz the bahd guy released a joint EP titled Chemistry after a series of released photographs to create the buzz surrounding their new project. With constant rumor about the state of their relationship, and with a known fact that the duo makes good music together, it was only befitting that they title their joint effort Chemistry. The jury is still out as to the success of the EP but one thing is for sure, a combination of Falz and Simi can’t be totally bad.
With female Nigerian artistes not in high supply, it is only proper to celebrate the few genuine talents that make sure we have good music and Simi is one that sure breaths freshness into our music scene. Dropping her latest effort in 2017, Simi is proving consistency and we are loving her for it.