Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (bornApril 19, 1988), professionally known and referred to as Simi, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Simi started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008 titled Ogaju.
Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye popularly known by her stage name as Simi is undoubtedly a fast rising Nigerian R&B singer, songwriter, recording artiste, stage performer, model and a philanthropist. Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye was born on 19th April 1988 in Ojuelegba, Sulurele, Lagos State which is South West Nigeria. Our very Own Simi is 29 years old.
Simi is the last child in the family of four children. She grew up in Lagos as a tomboy before the separation of her parents when she was just 9 years old.
She completed her primary and secondary school education in Lagos, Nigeria and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. On completing her primary and secondary school education, Simi then went on to Convenant University in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria where she attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.
The multi-talented grew up dancing and singing at her local church’s choir in Lagos just before writing her first song at age 10. Professionally Simi’s music career took off in 2008 following the release of her first debut studio album titled “Ogaju” in 2008. The album contained songs like “Iya Temi” and “Ara Ile” with a touch of genius by the legendary producer Samklef.
The release of “Tiff”, in 2014 saw Simi’s career attain new heights, the song was nominated in two categories at the Headies Awards in 2015 and further brought her to mainstream recognition. The multi-talented artist is signed to x3m, and released her latest studio album “Simisola” in 2017.
Simi released a hit single titled “Restless” in 2014, which gained her new grounds and further earned her a record deal with X3M Music. She went on to released two singles titled “Tiff” and “E No Go Funny” . Both songs received a tremendous amount of airplay and became a staple in the music industry.
Simi released the video for “Tiff” on 30th August 2015. It was directed by Josh Clarke. The song went on to be nominated in the “Best Alternative Song” category at the 2015 Headies Awards.
2015 was a great year for Simi as she bagged an award for “Most Promising Act to Watch” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She went on to release her second studio album with hit single like “Jamb Question” which later featured legendary Falz in the remix. Simi has being listed as one of the artistes to watch out for in 2016 by NotJustOk.
Simi was also nominated in Best Breakthrough Act category on 27th October 2016 at the MTV Africa Music Awards. Simi collaborated with Falz to release the hit song “Chemistry” a project profoundly described by Oghene Michael of 360Nobs as an “experiment of the word art”.
In December 2016, Simi was nominated in three categories at The Headies Awards. In early 2017, Simi released her third and latest studio album “Simisola” which has two hit singles like “Smile for Me” and “Joromi”. The songs were released on 8th September 2017 and received positive reviews and went on to debut at number five on the Billboard World Albums chart.
Simi is not just a song writer, she is also a sound engineer. She mastered and mixed Adekunle Gold’s album “Gold” which was released in July 2016. Simi’s Her music style is basically hinged in the rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop genre of music.
Simi has been nominated for about 17 awards, but won 8 awards. In 2015, Simi took home the award for Most promising Act to watch at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. 2015 saw her winning Best Vocal performance (Female) at the Headies Awards. She also won Female Artist of the year at the City People Entertainment Awards. I was no surprise in 2016 when she also won Choice Upcoming Female Artist at thr Nigerian Teen Choice Awards.
In 2017, she won Best Collabo of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards. In 2017, she won Best Afropop Female Artist at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
6 Facts About The Amazing Singer
Everyone loves our dear Simi, thanks to her uniqueness. Interestingly, the petite singer has not been around the music scene for so long but has almost 200,000 likes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter put together.
Due to the massive love people have for her, we decided to highlight six amazing features about the songbird that would interest you.
1. Her Voice
Simi has the most soothing voice your ears will ever be graced with, placing her as one of the top ranking female singers in Nigeria. She stands out for her tiny and clear voice, which trademarks her everywhere she is heard.
Simi’s child-like textured voice makes her even more adorable and fun to be with, as she sounds same weather singing or talking.
2. Her Songs
The likes of the above-mentioned songs are simple evidence that Simi’s songs are unique and capable of standing the test of time. Her lyrics are thoughtfully written and the productions usually match her genre and voice. You can double-check these facts with some of her singles like“E No Go Funny,” “Open and Close,” “Are You Ready to Fly?,” “Changing My World” and “I Do” among others.
3. Her Size
Simi is undoutedly small in size, but don’t let that fool you as she’s one big bag of talent and excitement, just like the saying “big things come in small packs”. Her age, which is not reflected on her physic, does not really matter, as she looks and sounds like a child – which is very cute for a music star who appeals more to the younger generation.
4. Her Fashion Sense
Simi understands fashion and knows what best suits her size. She loves wearing above-the-knee apparel – gowns, bums, etc.
Simi has a great fashion sense, this can be seen in almost everything she wears. For instance when she wears trousers, she does it so well and does not forget to accessorize with either a scarf or choker necklace.
Simi loves to smile and laugh a lot -giving off an aura difficult to forget. Listening to her laughter can be rejuvenating as you can feel the visceral nature of her personality. MANY Have described an encounter with Simi as a memory never to forget.
6. Her Playful Nature
The talented singer has a playful disposition. People who follow her on social networks can tell from her videos and pictures that she is simple and loves to play and create fun for herself. She is known on Instagram (@symplysimi) for sharing videos of herself either singing or smiling and saying nothing or saying something funny.
Simi is currently one of the richest and most influential female artiste in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $500,000.