The Nigerian music industry would never be complete except you mention Nigeria’s top diva – Simi.
With a good number of collaborations with Nigerian top rapper, Falz as well as others and a lot of hits to her credit, she is no doubt a credible artist.
We will be seeing Simi’s biography, real name, age, date of birth, parents, siblings, family, boyfriend, husband, education, music career, songs, albums, net worth, cars, houses and more.
Full Name: Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye
Stage Name: Simi
Date of birth: 19th April, 1988
Age: 32 years
Spouse: Adekunle Gold
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
Record Label: Studio Brat
Net Worth: $500,000
Simi Biography, Age, Date Of Birth, Education And Early Life
Born on the 19th of April, 1988 as Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, Nigerian song-writer, singer, vocalist and record producer hails from Ondo State, Nigeria. She was born and brought up in Sulurele, Lagos State, Nigeria and is the last born and only daughter of her family of six.
Simi had her primary education in Lagos State and also had her secondary school education there, then she got a degree in Mass Communication from the Covenant University, Ogun State. She started singing from a very young age and was a member of her choir at church.
Simi’s music genre are Afropop, R&B and soul, and she began music professionally, 2008 with a gospel album, ‘Ogaju‘ which was produced by Samklef.
The album had hit songs like ‘Ara Ile‘ and ‘Iya Temi‘ and she role to limelight after releasing her single, ‘Tiff‘ which also gained massive airplays. The visuals were directed by Josh Clarke.
Talking about Simi and the secular music world, she came released songs like ‘Jamb Questions‘ with Falz and it was a hit. Her other collaborations with Falz and Adekunle Gold also went very well.
She has also worked with other top music icons such as Ycee and John Ogah.
Simi has always been rumoured to be in a romantic relationship with either Falz or Adekunle Gold, and she broke the internet when photos of her kissing Adekunle came up.
It was probably why we weren’t surprised when Simi and Adekunle Gold on the 10th of January, 2019 had a quiet traditional marriage ceremony.
Of course, it was never quiet but was strictly on invitations, and only about 300 guests were in attendance for the traditional marriage which was held in Lagos.
June 2019, Simi announced her exit from X3M music and the launching of her own label, Studio Brat.
2006–13: Career beginnings and Ogaju
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.
2014–2018: Restless, Chemistry and Simisola
In January 2014, Simi released the 5 track EP Restless, which eventually earned her a record deal with X3M Music. The EP is composed mostly of covers recorded by popular acts, including Rihanna’s “Man Down” and Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”.
On January 9, 2014, Simi released two singles “Tiff” and “E No Go Funny”. Both songs received frequent airplay and were met with generally positive reviews from critics. The video for “Tiff” was directed by Josh Clarke and released on August 30, 2015. The song was nominated for Best Alternative Song at the 2015 edition of The Headies.
Later in 2015, Simi won the Most Promising Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In an interview with Leadership newspaper, Simi revealed that she started working on her second studio album, which was slated for release in 2016. Upon releasing “Jamb Question”, Simi was listed as one of the artistes to watch out for in 2016 by NotJustOk. The remix of “Jamb Question” features Nigerian rapper Falz.
On February 14, 2016, Simi released the Oscar Heman Ackah-produced love ballad “Love Don’t Care”. It received frequent radio airplay and was met with positive reviews.“Love Don’t Care” effectively addresses tribalism and discrimination in Nigeria. The song’s music video was directed by Clarence Peters. In October 2016, Simi was nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the MTV Africa Music Awards. On October 27, Simi collaborated with Falz to release the extended play Chemistry. Oghene Michael of 360 Nobs described the EP as an “experiment of the word art”. In December 2016, Simi was nominated in three categories at The Headies 2016, winning one.
In anticipation of her 12-track second studio album Simisola, Simi released two singles; “Smile for Me” and “Joromi”. Both songs were accompanied by music videos directed by Clarence Peters and Aje Films, respectively. Music videos for “O Wa Nbe”, “Complete Me”, “Gone for Good” and “Aimasiko” were also released to further promote the album. Simi unveiled the album’s track listing on September 1, 2017. Simisola was released seven days later and debuted at number 5 on the Billboard World Albums chart.
2019: Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 and Studio Brat
In March 2019, Simi disclosed that she would be releasing her third studio album Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 to coincide with her birthday on April 19, 2019. She disclosed this information in a series of social media messages. The album is a slight departure from the relatively afro-centric feel of Simisola (2017). It is a mixture of sentimental ballad, Afropop, Afro-fusion, Afro-soul, R&B, EDM and moombahton.
The 13-track album features guest vocals from Patoranking, Maleek Berry, Falz, and her husband Adekunle Gold. Its production was primarily handled by Oscar, with additional production from Vtek, Legendury Beatz, and Sess. Simi dedicated the album to her father Charles Oladele Ogunleye, who died in 2014. Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 was preceded by three singles: “I Dun Care”, “Lovin” and “Ayo”.
In May 2019, X3M Music announced Simi’s departure following the expiration of her recording contract. Both parties did not renew the contract and agreed to part ways. In June 2019, Simi announced the launch of her independent record label, Studio Brat.
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 married singer Adekunle Gold in a private wedding ceremony on January 9, 2019. It was later revealed that they had been dating for five years. Simi became a mother for the first time on the 30th of May 2020 when she gave birth to her daughter Adejare.
She made her acting debut in Kunle Afolayan’s directorial Mokalik.
- Mokalik (2019)
- Ogaju (2008)
- Chemistry (with Falz) (2016)
- Simisola (2017)
- Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 (2019)
- Restless II (2020)
|“Emi L’Onijo”||2012||Non-album single|
|“Take a Chance”|
|“Don’t Judge Me (cover)”||2013|
|“Marvin’s Room (cover)”|
|“E No Go Funny”||Non-album single|
|“Jamb Question” (Remix) (featuring Falz)||Non-album single|
|“Open and Close”|
|“Love Don’t Care”||2016||Simisola|
|“Smile for Me”||2017|
|“I Dun Care”||2018||Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1|
|“There for You”||2020||Non-album single|
Awards And Nominations
Being a good artist, Simi has been able to carve out names for herself in the Nigerian music industry. She has received a good number of awards including:
– Song writer of the year at AFRIMA awards
– Best vocal performance 9Female)
– Album of the year at the 2018 headies awards, ,
– Best female MVP at Soundcity MVP awards festival
Aside being a musician and song writer, Simi is also a sound engineer and produced Adekunle Gold’s ‘Gold‘ album.
Simi Net Worth
Simi is estimated to be net worth $500,000. She has won a good number of awards and brand endorsements too.