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Rising Stars: Meet Simi Liadi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Simi Liadi.

Hi Simi, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve technically been singing all my life, but I like to say I officially started at age 12 when I joined my church choir. That experience introduced me into a world of music I hadn’t experienced before. I wrote my first finished song in 2019 but didn’t release my first song till July of 2020, and that song was ‘Clear’. That release changed my life and I’ve been putting out music ever since.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My music career has definitely had its ups and downs, from finance issues to release mistakes and even personal insecurities. I think a big obstacle that I had to (and still do) deal with is figuring out my worth and not letting people determine it for me. It’s very easy to downplay yourself when you start out, especially when others are around trying to convince you that you’re not worth this opportunity, this price, etc. Being strong in yourself and in your talent has probably been the most difficult obstacle to overcome.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an R&B singer/songwriter, and I take pride in doing both. One thing my music features that I am specifically proud of is a lot of harmonies. I studied them a lot, practiced them a lot in choir, and this resulted in me learning to create my own and do them well. In combination with that, I write from a very personal and emotional place in my heart and am therefore able to express myself in my songs extremely honestly. I also am known for making fun, bouncy Afrobeats songs, which I always have so much fun doing!

Outside of the music alone, I take enormous pride in SOAL Sound, which is a record label that my team and I started in late 2020. My affiliation with SOAL sets me apart the most because through it, I believe we’ve effectively created a platform/collective that allows us to share our music and everything related to it with other people in the most personable way, which gives them something to cherish other than the music itself.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I think the biggest form of support I appreciate is putting people on to me. Showing my music to your friends, playing it in the car with others, posting my songs on your story, just letting my music reach places that I can’t see. I think my supporters do an excellent job with that already and I am extremely thankful for them. Coming out to shows and events to support me in person is also very appreciated as well, and I love to be able to meet and share experiences with those that love my music.

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Ian Penny (@by1cent) Bilal Akbar (@bilal__akbar) Sébago (@tibabas)

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