Soulful, inspirational singer, Simi reveals a lesser known bit of her growing up days in a recent interview.
The 28-year-old , real name Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, started her career as a member of her local church’s choir.
She released her debut studio album in 2006 titled Ogaju and shared her childhood experience, growing up days and her view about the Nigerian Music industry.
Simi disclosed that she didn’t have a lot of music in her childhood. She was at the time a precarious and ambitious youngster, with a cheesy smile and slim frame.
In spite of the challenges faced by new entrants into the Nigerian music industry, particularly for females, Simi has found her way to stay relevant.
She credits her work ethic and perseverance as the most important virtues in ensuring she stays relevant in the industry.
Simi is currently signed on to X3M music record label which has Praiz (second runner-up Project Fame West Africa 2008), Sammy and D’Truce in its crew.
The Ojueleba born artist has several hit songs to her credit including Tiff, Jamb Question and Soldier featuring BET’s 2016 viewer’s choice award winner, Falz, and more recently Love Don’t Care.
When asked about her childhood, and growing up days, Simi said:
“I’m the only girl and last born of four kids (from my mum). I’m a Singer/Songwriter. I’m also a Mass Communication graduate from Covenant university.
“Childhood was fun. I was a little tomboy, because I grew up with boys.
“I was also kind of a spoilt kid. My dad made sure I had everything I ever wanted.
“I didn’t have a lot of music in my childhood, because my family never leaned towards music. So I wasn’t introduced to anyone’s music I could learn from.
“My parents separated when I was nine so I saw that life wasn’t all that rosy at a pretty young age.
Speaking on why her songs mostly revolve around “love” themes, Simi responded;
“I suppose it’s because I love love. Everybody loves love. It’s the one thing that every human being has in common.”
A confident Simi boldly declared that she is not threatened by any female artist in the industry. She affirmed that she is not in the industry to compete with anyone.
Speaking about fellow artist Falz who has been rumored to be in a relationship with her, she said he is just a fellow artist and a friend.
Simi Not Dating Falz
She advised her female fans to drink lots of water, smile and keep smiling.
On a parting note, Simi quipped that she might likely drop an album this year, as she already plans to release an EP with Falz soon.