Simisola Ogunleye, the sonorous singer with such
striking voice simply know by the mononym Simi, is
relatively a household name. Since her emergence
in the music scene her status has progressively
escalated since her hit song “Jamb question”.
What some fans may not have knowledge about is
that she was indeed a gospel singer before
switching sides. She opened up about a lot of other
things and why she left gospel to pursue a career in
mainstream music in an interview with PUNCH.
Simi, who is apparently graduate of Mass Communication from Covenant University spoke on
a number of issues in the interview.
The first thing that comes to the mind is that I did it
for monetary reasons. However music became
about ‘more’; I wanted to have a broader purview.
It was a tough decision for me to make at first. I
wanted to explore music more. My faith in God
hasn’t wavered because before I went mainstream, I prayed to God to bless my career if it was his plan
for me. I also don’t see myself doing gospel music
She also explained how she got her trademark
When I put out a gospel album in 2008, it was laced
with a lot of R&B and hip-hop because I dabbled
into a lot of sounds. It took me a while to create an
identity sound-wise. I went to the US and after
experimenting with several sounds, I fine-tuned
my sound. I incorporated a lot of African inflections and it stood me out.