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Simi Shares The Real Story Behind The Success Of Her “Simisola” Album

   

Every successful woman in a male-dominated industry has a story to tell and it is no different with singer, Simisola Ogunleye. It’s been a year since Simi released her debut album, which is really successful. In fact, few days after the album was released, it charted No. 5 on Billboard World Music Charts and No. 1 on iTunes and Apple Music.

However, behind that success is a story of toil, tears and naysayers.

She shares the story on her Instagram page

1 year ago, today, Magic happened.
Take a seat. It’s about to be an epistle.
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If I said I wasn’t and am not constantly blown away, and overwhelmed by the love you guys constantly show me, it would be a big lie. It took my team and I years to compile the content and emotions packed in this album. I work with a group of people, without whom I couldn’t possibly be who I am today. Thankful for them.
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I remember a big part of me wanted to prove myself. I wanted to make a statement. It’s not a secret that to thrive as a woman in the industry isn’t exactly a stroll in the park. People second guess you. Make you second guess yourself. It was especially annoying for me, because I felt too many people were fixating on the wrong things. Some said I was only successful because other men put me on. Some people wrote headlines and used TV shows to talk about my fashion sense (or lack of it 😂). Some were upset about how simple I was and me not trying to change that, because “she’s a celebrity, how dare she?”…etc.

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However, if there’s anything I’m most sure about, it’s that I will never live my life to make other people comfortable. Even if I make mistakes, they will be my mistakes. So I have to say thank you to those that fixated on the things that mattered – from the beginning. Those of you who saw my heart and understood that I was and am just trying to live my truth one day at a time.
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I’m not perfect, but I’m working on it. Will never be perfect, but I’m alright with it. This is why “Original Baby” was my fave song on the album – because it was my truest and most personal song. So I put all my energy and heart into working and reworking SIMISOLA. Told my team not to put anything in my schedule for a while. I’m a perfectionist, so I would sometimes obsess over the songs. I kept removing and adding songs. I replaced two songs about a month to the release date. Some days, I would wake up and love the album, others, I would go to bed hating it, cos it didn’t feel right just yet…
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But on the 8th of September, Magic happened. And I’m so grateful that magic was my magic and you experienced it with me. I love you. So much. Thank you #SimiArmy

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