Simisola Bolatito Adeola Opeyemi Oreoluwa Ogunleye (born April 19, 1988), popularly known as Simi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and sound engineer from Ondo state, South-West, Nigeria. She is a graduate of Mass Communication from Covenant University. She started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008, titled Ogaju.
Simi gained prominence in 2014 after releasing “Tiff”, a song that was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015. Simi signed a record deal with X3M Music in 2014 but left the label in May 2019 following the expiration of her contract.
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. She launched her record label Studio Brat in June 2019.
Simi Early Life & Career
Simi was born in Ojuelegba, a suburb of Surulere, as the last of four children. In an interview with Juliet Ebirim of Vanguard newspaper, Simi revealed that her parents separated when she was 9 years old. She also revealed that she grew up as a tomboy. Simi attended Stars International College, a secondary school in Ikorodu, Lagos State. She is an alumnus of Covenant University, where she studied mass communication.
Simi grew up dancing and singing as a member of her local church’s choir. She wrote her first song at age 10. Her professional music 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.
A few years later, however, Simi switched over to singing secular songs and got her major breakthrough in the mainstream music industry in 2014 after she released Tiff under a record label, X3M Music which she was signed to in the same year. The song was nominated in two categories at The Headies 2015.
Since she was signed to X3M Music, Simi has released hits 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 a few others.
In 2016, Simi released an E.P with Falz, titled Chemistry and followed it up in September 2017 with her Sophomore album “Simisola” which was a hit, making it at number 5 on the Billboard World Music charts. The album also debuted at number 1 on both the Apple Music and iTunes chart and held its position for three weeks.
Endorsement & Artistry
On Feb 10, 2017, Simi was endorsed by one of Nigeria’s telecoms firms, Etisalat, as its ambassador.
Apart from being a singer and songwriter, 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.
Simi is married to singer, Adekunle Gold. The duo got married in a private wedding in Lagos, in January 2019. Simi and Adekunle Gold reportedly dated for five years before getting married.
Simi’s Net Worth
With her Etisalat endorsement and large success over time, Simi’s estimated net worth is $500,000.
6 Fun Facts about Simi
Everyone loves Simi, due to a whole lot of fantastic things about her. 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
Unarguably, Simi has the softest voice among the top reigning female singers in Nigeria. Her very tiny but clear voice is so easy to distinguish. Like a trademark, her voice cannot go unrecognized on the radio.
Unlike Beyonce and some other singers, whose soft singing voice is actually deeper when they talk, Simi’s singing voice is the same as her talking voice. Her child-like textured voice makes her even more adorable and interesting to have a conversation with.
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
They say big things usually come in small packs and that goes for Simi. Her petite stature, height, and the matching voice make her an object to fall in love with. 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.
However, when she rocks jeans 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 – one you won’t forget in a hurry. Listening to her laughter can be as addictive as doing same to her songs – her laughter can stay imprinted in your subconscious for a while.
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.