Kali Uchis

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Kali Uchis
Kali Uchis, ACL 2015.jpg
Kali performing in 2015
Background information
Birth name Karly-Marina Loaiza
Born (1993-07-17) July 17, 1993 (age 24)
Pereira, Colombia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • poet
  • record producer
  • music video director
  • fashion designer
  • Vocals
  • saxophone
  • piano
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts
Website kaliuchis.com

Karly-Marina Loaiza (born July 17, 1993), better known as her stage name Kali Uchis, is a Colombian-American singer, songwriter, poet, record producer, music video director, and fashion designer. In 2017, she was nominated for a Latin Grammy for "Record of the Year" and was nominated for "Best R&B Performance" with Daniel Caesar for "Get You" at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Life and career

Karly-Marina Loaiza was born on July 17, 1993 in Pereira, Colombia. She was given the nickname "Kali Uchis" by her father.[1] Having moved around back and forth between the U.S and Colombia, where she spent some school time,[1] Loaiza was raised in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from T. C. Williams High School. She grew up playing saxophone and piano; she was introduced to music production and video editing while she was in high school and released her official debut mixtape 'Drunken Babble' on August 1, 2012. The mixtape was described as “genre-defying” and was noted for its influences from doo-wop, reggae and early-2000s R&B. She also enjoys jazz, previously stating that she draws musical inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.[2][3]

She began collaborating with rapper Snoop Dogg on the song "On Edge", from his 2014 mixtape That's My Work 3.[3][4] That same year she debuted her first ever in-studio performance of "Never Be Yours" on the music podcast Kinda Neat. In February 2015, she released her first studio project, which was her first EP, titled Por Vida. The EP was also released for free on her website. The project featured production from Alex Epton, Diplo, Tyler, the Creator, Kaytranada, BadBadNotGood, and others.[4][5][6][7]

During October 2015, she embarked on her first tour with Leon Bridges, touring through the United States and parts of Canada.[8]

She was featured on the track "She's My Collar" from virtual band Gorillaz' fourth studio album Humanz, as well as on the bonus track "Ticker Tape". Her song "Sycamore Tree" was used in American Horror Story: Roanoke teasers in 2016.[9]

On May 22, 2017, she released "Tyrant" featuring Jorja Smith, the first single from her upcoming debut studio album. On June 20, she announced her first headlining tour, a North American tour to support the upcoming album. The tour will take place from August to October 2017, starting at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, with a stop in Montreal during POP Montreal International Music Festival.[10] On August 25, 2017, Uchis released "Nuestro Planeta" featuring Reykon as the second single for her upcoming album.[11]

On September 27, 2017, Lana Del Rey announced that Uchis would be joining her as an opening act on select North American arena dates of her world tour entitled the LA to the Moon Tour. Uchis supported Del Rey from January 15, 2018, to February 16, 2018.[12]

On March 14, 2018, Uchis performed on The Tonight Show and announced her debut album, Isolation. It was officially released worldwide on April 6, 2018.[13]


Concert tours


  • North American Tour (2017)



  1. ^ a b "Who Is The Real Kali Uchis?". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  2. ^ Younger, Briana (April 22, 2014). "Kali Uchis: 'I'm An Artist In Every Sense Of The Word'". Bandwidth. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ DePollo, Adam (October 25, 2013). "Flow Culture: Kali Uchis surprises with genre-defying debut mixtape". The Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Leight, Elias (February 3, 2015). "Kali Uchis Talks 'Por Vida,' Working With Snoop & Tyler, The Creator & Twitter Stalking Bootsy Collins". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Snoop Dogg – Thats My Work 3 Hosted by DJ Drama Mixtape". DatPiff. February 27, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Minsker, Evan (February 3, 2015). "Kali Uchis Shares Por Vida EP Featuring Tyler, the Creator Production". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Brydon, Grant (March 2, 2015). "Track By Track: Kali Uchis – 'Por Vida'". Clash. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ Whyte, Woodrow. "Here's The True Identity Of The Mysterious Voice On Those AHS Teasers". PopBuzz. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/KALIUCHIS/status/877193414646808576
  11. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/nuestro-planeta-feat-reykon-single/id1272977558
  12. ^ "Lana Del Rey Announces Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  13. ^ "Isolation Album Announcement". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-03-15. 

External links

  • Official website
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