Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (born April 19, 1988), professionally known as Simi, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Simi started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2006 titled Ogaju. Her career came into spotlight in 2014 after she released “Tiff”, a song which was nominated in two categories at The Headies 2015. The award-winning graduate of Mass communication was signed to X3M music.
In 2015, Simi won the “Most Promising Act to Watch” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In an interview with Leadership Newspaper, Simi said she is working on her sophomore album scheduled to be released in 2016. Upon the release of a single titled “Jamb Question” which later featured Falz in the remix, Simi was listed as one of the artistes to watch out for in 2016 by NotJustOk.
On 14 February 2016, she released “Love Don’t Care”, an Oscar Heman-Ackah-produced ballad which was received to positive critical reviews and massive airplay. The song condemns the discrimination of love because of tribal and social prejudices.The music video of the song was directed by Clarence Peters. In October 2016, she was nominated in the Best Breakthrough Act category at the 2016 edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards.On 27 October, Simi collaborated with Falz to release Chemistry, a project Oghene Michael of 360Nobs described as an “experiment of the word art”. In December 2016, Simi was nominated in three categories at The Headies 2016 award ceremony, winning one category.
She was recently signed as Etisalat ambassador.
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act 2015
City People Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act of The Year
2015 Nigerian Music Video Awards Best RnB Video “Tiff”
Music Video of The Year Nominated Best Soft Rock/Alternative Video “Jamb Question”
The Headies 2015 Best Alternative Song “Tiff” Best Vocal Performance
2016 City People Entertainment Awards Female Artiste of the Year
Nigerian Teen Choice Awards 2016 Choice Upcoming Female Artist
2016 MTV African Music Awards Best Breakthrough Act
The Headies 2016 Best Recording of the Year “Love Don’t Care”
Best R&B Single
Best Collaboration “Soldier” (with Falz)
Best Vocal Performance (Female) “Love Don’t Care”