Generally speaking, when you talk about Africa’s finest female musicians, Simi tops the list of them all. And just like her sister Yemi Alade, she holds her place as a darling to many with her music and instrumental skills. Especially, when it comes to the whispers of Nigerian music called the Afrobeats.
Afrobeat is a music genre that involves the combination of elements of West African musical styles. Such as fuji music and highlife with American funk and jazz influences. And also, with a focus on chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms, and percussion.
On Feb 10, 2017, she was endorsed by one of Nigeria’s Telecom Firms, Etisalat, as its Ambassadress. Then again, the year saw her win on the “Best Afropop Female Artist” category at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
It is important to realize, apart from singing and songwriting, Simi is also a sound engineer. She is credited to have mixed and mastered Adekunle Gold’s album “Gold” which was released in July 2016. So who is Simi?
Who is Simi?
Simi is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who started her career as a gospel singer, and also, releasing her debut studio album in 2008, titled Ogaju.
And as a matter of fact, she gained prominence in 2014 after releasing a song which was titled “Tiff.“Whereby, the song was nominated as the best alternative song at The Headies (Hip Hop World Magazine) in 2015.
Her Music style is basically hinged on the rhythm blues, soul, and hip-hop genre of music. By the same fashion, she has the softest voice among the top reigning female singers in Nigeria.
As of today, she has broken various grounds in the most adored and fashionable Afrobeat music. Her Afromusic style has made her currently one of the richest and most influential female artists in Nigeria.
Simi attended Stars International College – School in Ikorodu, Lagos State. By the same fashion, she is also an alumnus of Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. Not forgetting, this is where she studied and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.
How old is Simi?
Simi was born as Simisola Bolatito Adeola Opeyemi Oreoluwa Ogunleye on April 19, 1988, and, therefore, she is 31 years old. In fact, the Ondo State indigene is the last of four children.
And in reality, she grew up dancing and singing as a member of her local church’s choir in Lagos. Until she wrote her first song at the age of 10 years old. A few years later, however, she switched over to singing secular songs.
Even though a very tiny but clear voice, it is so easy to distinguish its wooing characteristics over all other means of playbacks. Equally important, her songs are simple evidence that Simi’s talent is unique, and her music capable of standing the test of time.
The joromi hitmaker has a petite stature, height, and matching that with her voice, it makes her objective to be a darling of many. Then again, she understands fashion in detail and knows what best suits her size.
Which record label does Simi belong to?
Asked about her music, Simi signed a record deal with X3M Music in 2014 but left the label in May 2019 following the expiration of her contract.
Although, in January 2014, she had released a hit single titled “Restless” which gained her new grounds and further earned her a record deal with X3M Music yet again.
Her hits after hits music release at X3M was outstanding. Including, Tiff, Jamb Question, Love Don’t Care, Smile For Me, and also featured in a number of hit records. Such as ‘Soldier‘ with Falz, ‘No Forget,’ with Adekunle Gold, ‘Orire,’ with Legendury Beatz, and much more.
Her third studio album Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 was released to coincide with her thirty-first birthday on April 19, 2019.
In 2016, she released an E.P with Falz, titled Chemistry, and followed it up in September 2017 with her Sophomore Album titled “Simisola.” All in all, she launched her record label Studio Brat in June 2019.
What is Simi’s net worth?
The prolific singer and songwriter’s affluent skills in writing music merge with a rushed Afrobeat touch. And as of today, thanks to her fans, she has an estimated net worth of $500,000 which is just a dream to many upcoming artists.
On the other hand, apart from being a gifted singer/songwriter, she is equally beautiful and petite with her modest dressing.
Surprisingly, her music boundary spherical is laced in a captivating performance that is well-aligned with a subtle voice. A voice that usually lingers in the head of her fans, followers, and even listeners long after the music sound has ended.
Her Notable Career Awards and Recognitions
In 2015, she won the award for the “Most Promising Act To Watch” category at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. As well as the “Best Vocal Performance” (female) at the Headies Awards.
In October 2016, she was nominated in the “Best Breakthrough Act” category at the MTV Africa Music Awards. And also, she won the “Female Artiste of the Year” at the City People Entertainment Awards.
Equally important, another breakthrough in her career came through back in December 2016. Especially, when she was nominated in three categories at The Headies Awards.
After all, she also won another award at the Nigerian Teen Choice Awards in the ” Choice Upcoming Female Artist” category.
Her collaboration song with Falz titled “Chemistry” in 2016 was also a major hit. Eventually, making it at number 5 on the Billboard World Music Charts and iTunes chart holding its position for three weeks consecutively.
Who did Simi marry?
Simi married her fellow singer Adekunle Kosoko in a private wedding ceremony on January 9, 2019, after dating for close to five years.
But, Falz’s supposed reaction to the news of Simi and Adekunle Gold getting married on 12th January 2019 went unexpectedly to the Netizens. Whereby, the outcome of the events went viral on social media. Sparking off speculations that he may be heartbroken and grappling with the pangs of heartbreak.
While messages congratulating the singers on their alleged wedding ceremony flooded the social media, instead of joining the likes of Davido, Ric Hassani, Don Jazzy, and many other celebrities who congratulated them, Falz posted the picture of a crying child on Twitter, a post which concluded to portray his mood as at the time he received the news.
However, later on, Simi made it a little easier for those who wonder why she tied the knot with her beau Adekunle Gold.
In fact, the studio Brat reveals that she walked down the aisle with the “Kelegbe Megbe” crooner for a reason. Because she wanted to wear all his clothes and never give them back.
Below Reads Her Post:
Simi wrote: “The only reason I got married was so I could wear all his clothes and never give them back. And that’s the only reason why he didn’t want to get married. So, love is compromised. Compromise is her having her way.”
Below is a playlist of the most recent music videos by Simi courtesy of her official YouTube channel.
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