Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, popularly known as Simi, is a songwriter and a singer. In this chat with YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine’s JULIET IKEOKWU, the young crooner whose number, Jamb Question is currently ruling the airwaves, took us through her journey into music. The Ondo State born female act also revealed some other things about her person. Enjoy…
Let’s meet you.
I’m Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, aka Simi. I’m the only girl and last born of four children (from my mum). I’m a graduate with a degree in Mass Communication, from Covenant University. I’m a singer/songwriter, signed to X3M MUSIC.
How was life growing up?
I was a happy child, basically. A bit of a tomboy, because I grew up with boys. I didn’t have too much music in my background. In fact, I didn’t have any. But for some reason, I was extremely drawn to it. My parents separated when I was nine, so in a way, I had to grow up really fast.
What do you call the kind of music that you do?
Afro-pop. With a blend of afro beat, pop, soul, highlife.
How did your journey into music begin?
I started in a group called Outstandin’. Formed in church. We used to dance, sing, rap. Eventually, in 2008, I released a gospel album, Ogaju, entirely produced by Samklef. I got signed to X3M MUSIC early in 2014.
What got you interested in music?
I have always been intensely drawn to music. There’s no explanation.
Which is your most popular song?
Tiff or Jamb Question. Probably Tiff, because it has a video, but the track on Jamb Question has gained so much acceptance and surprised my entire team.
What are you working on presently?
We just shot the video for Jamb Question, which will be out soon. I’m also working on a few collaborations as well. Excited about that.
How do you get inspiration for your music?
I’m a storyteller, so I’m inspired by real life. My experiences and other people’s experiences as well.
How long have you been in the industry?
Technically, seven years.
What do you do for relaxation?
Listen to music and read or I swim.
Who is your role model?
My pastor, Reverend Sam Adeyemi and my mum.
Which artistes will you like to work with, both local and foreign?
Flavour, Patoranking, Adele, Rihanna.
Are you in a relationship?
What’s your dream as a musician?
I want to make timeless music. I’m extremely passionate about music and I want people to feel that passion every time they hear me sing.
What is your advise to the youths that look up to you?
Work hard. Make no excuses. Be good at whatever you want to do and success will find you.