Simisola Bolatito Kosoko, also known by her stage name Simi, is a Nigerian actress, singer, and composer who was born on April 19, 1988.
She began her career as a gospel singer and released her first studio album, named Ogaju, in 2008. In season 7 of the television program Nigerian Idol, she also served as one of the top judges.
She became well-known in 2014 after releasing "Tiff," a song that was a 2015 The Headies Best Alternative Song nominee. After her contract with X3M Music expired in May 2019, Simi parted ways with the label.
Simi had signed a record deal with the company in 2014. On September 8, 2017, she made available her second studio album, Simisola. On April 19, 2019, she turned 31.
To celebrate, she released Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1, her third studio album. In June 2019, she established her record label, Studio Brat.
Simi was the last of four children to be born on April 19, 1988, in Ojuelegba, a Surulere neighborhood in Lagos State. Simi stated during an interview with Juliet Ebirim of the Vanguard newspaper that her parents divorced when she was nine years old. She also disclosed that she was a tomboy growing up.
Simi went to secondary school at Stars International College in Ikorodu, Lagos State. She attended Covenant University to study mass communication, and she graduated.
Simi was a part of her local church choir as a child and enjoyed singing and dancing. At age 10, she composed her first song.
Following the publication of her debut studio album, Ogaju, which featured a range of songs including "Iya Temi" and "Ara Ile," she began a professional music career. Samklef produced the record in its entirety.
Simi's five-track EP, Restless, which she released in January 2014, helped her land a record deal with X3M Music.
The EP is mostly covers of songs by well-known artists, like "Man Down" by Rihanna and "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele.
Simi released the songs "Tiff" and "E No Go Funny" on January 9, 2014. Both songs were often played on the radio and garnered generally favorable reviews from critics. Josh Clarke helmed the "Tiff" music video, which debuted on August 30, 2015. The song was a finalist for Best Alternative Song at The Headies in 2015.
Simi earned the Most Promising Act to Watch prize at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards later in the year. In an interview with Leadership newspaper, Simi confirmed that she had begun production on her second studio album, due for release in 2016, in an interview with Simi.
Simi was included on NotJustOk's list of 2016 artists to watch after the release of "Jamb Question." Falz, a rapper from Nigeria, is featured on the "Jamb Question" remix.
The love song "Love Don't Care," which was produced by Oscar Heman Ackah, was released by Simi on February 14.
It garnered a lot of radio play and received favorable reviews. Tribalism and prejudice in Nigeria are clearly addressed in the song "Love Don't Care." Clarence Peters was in charge of directing the song's music video.
Simi was nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the MTV Africa Music Awards in October 2016. Chemistry, Simi and Falz's extended play, was released on October 27.
Oghene Michael of 360 Nobs described the EP as an "experiment in word art."Simi was nominated for three categories at The Headies 2016 in December 2016 and took home one of those awards.
Simi released two songs in advance of her 12-track second studio album, Simisola: "Smile for Me" and "Joromi." The music videos for each song were created by Clarence Peters and Aje Films, respectively.
To further promote the album, music videos for the songs "O Wa Nbe," "Complete Me," "Gone for Good," and "Aimasiko" were also made available. On September 1st, 2017, Simi released the track listing for the album. Seven days after its release, Simisola debuted at number five on the Billboard World Albums chart.
Simi announced in March 2019 that she would release Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1, her third studio album, on April 19, 2019, the same day as her birthday.
She made this knowledge public through a string of social media posts. The album deviates just a little bit from Simisola's predominantly afrocentric style (2017).
It combines moombahton, R&B, Afropop, Afrofusion, Afrosoul, and melancholy ballads. Patoranking, Maleek Berry, Falz, and her husband Adekunle Gold all contribute vocals to the album's 13 tracks.
Oscar was mostly in charge of its production, with help from Vtek, Legendury Beatz, and Sess. The late Charles Oladele Ogunleye, Simi's father, who passed away in 2014, was honored in the album. I Dun Care, Lovin', and Ayo were the three singles that came before Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1.
Simi's departure was announced by X3M Music in May 2019, when her recording contract expired. The contract was not renewed, and both parties decided to split ways. Simi debuted her independent record label, Studio Brat, in June 2019.
Simi is a sound engineer in addition to being a singer and composer. Gold, Adekunle Gold's first studio album, is credited to her for mixing and mastering.
It was released in July 2016. Rhythm and blues, soul, and hip-hop are essentially the foundations of her musical approach.
On January 9, 2019, Simi wed the musician Adekunle Gold in a discreet ceremony. They had dated for five years, it was eventually discovered. Simi gave birth to her baby, Adejare, on May 30, 2020, marking her first time becoming a mommy.
In Mokalik, directed by Kunle Afolayan, she made her acting debut.
Simi is one of the best-known and most well-known female artists in Nigeria. She has a net worth of $1.5 million at the moment.