Kali Uchis

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Kali Uchis
Kali Uchis, ACL 2015.jpg
Uchis performing in 2015
Background information
Birth name Karly-Marina Loaiza
Born (1994-07-17) July 17, 1994 (age 23)
Pereira, Colombia
Origin Alexandria, Virginia
  • 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, 1994), better known as her stage name Kali Uchis, is a Colombian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and fashion designer. In 2017, she was nominated for a Latin Grammy for "Record of the Year" and is 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, 1994 in Pereira, Colombia. She 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 – she’s listed Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday as some of her influences.[1][2]

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.[3][4][5][6]

During October 2015, she embarked on her first tour with Leon Bridges, touring through the United States and parts of Canada.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] On August 25, 2017, Uchis released "Nuestro Planeta" featuring Reykon as the second single for her upcoming album.[10]

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 supports Del Rey from January 15, 2018 to February 16, 2018.[11]



  • Drunken Babble (2012)



As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Know What I Want" 2014 Por Vida
"Lottery" 2015
"Ridin' Round"
"Only Girl"
(featuring Steve Lacy and Vince Staples)
2016 Non-album single
(featuring Jorja Smith)
2017 TBA
"Nuestro Planeta"
(featuring Reykon)
"After the Storm"
(featuring Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins)
2018 23 8
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album




"Fucking Young / Perfect"
(Tyler, the Creator featuring Charlie Wilson, Chaz Bundick, Syd Bennett, and Kali Uchis)
2015 Cherry Bomb
"Get You"
(Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis)
2016 11 46 Freudian
"El Ratico"
(Juanes featuring Kali Uchis)
2017 45 1 31 99 Mis Planes son Amarte
"See You Again"
(Tyler, the Creator featuring Kali Uchis)
13 [A] 3 Flower Boy
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory.
  1. ^ "See You Again" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[21]

Music videos

Title Year Directors
"What They Say" 2013 Kali Uchis and Tony Katai[22]
"Know What I Want" 2014 Kali Uchis and Chris Black[23]
"Rush" 2015 Kali Uchis and WIISSA[24]
"Loner" Kali Uchis and Andy Hines[25]
"Ridin Round" Kali Uchis and Felipe Holguín Caro[26]
"Only Girl" (feat. Steve Lacy and Vince Staples) 2016 Kali Uchis, Cory Bailey and Valentine Street [27]
"Tyrant" (feat. Jorja Smith) 2017 Heli[28]
"Nuestro Planeta" (feat. Reykon) Daniel Sannwald[29]

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"On Edge" 2014 Snoop Dogg That's My Work Volume 3
"Divine" GoldLink The God Complex
"Find Your Wings" 2015 Tyler, The Creator, Roy Ayers, Syd Bennett Cherry Bomb
"Yellow" Tyler, The Creator
"Wave" Major Lazer Peace Is the Mission
"She's My Collar" 2017 Gorillaz Humanz
"Ticker Tape" Gorillaz, Carly Simon
"Caramelo Duro" Miguel War & Leisure

Concert tours

  • North American Tour (2017)


  1. ^ Younger, Briana (April 22, 2014). "Kali Uchis: 'I'm An Artist In Every Sense Of The Word'". Bandwidth. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Snoop Dogg – Thats My Work 3 Hosted by DJ Drama Mixtape". DatPiff. February 27, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Minsker, Evan (February 3, 2015). "Kali Uchis Shares Por Vida EP Featuring Tyler, the Creator Production". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Brydon, Grant (March 2, 2015). "Track By Track: Kali Uchis – 'Por Vida'". Clash. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ Whyte, Woodrow. "Here's The True Identity Of The Mysterious Voice On Those AHS Teasers". PopBuzz. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/KALIUCHIS/status/877193414646808576
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/nuestro-planeta-feat-reykon-single/id1272977558
  11. ^ "Lana Del Rey Announces Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  12. ^ "Kali Uchis – Chart history: Hot R&B Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  13. ^ a b Peaks in New Zealand Heartseekers Singles Chart:
    • "See You Again": "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 31, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
    • "After the Storm": "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Kali Uchis – Chart history (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Kali Uchis – Chart history (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Kali Uchis – Chart history (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  17. ^ Singles of Kali Uchis in the Colombian charts (National-Report):
    • "El Ratico": "Top 100 Colombia – Semana 27 del 2017 – Del 30/06/2017 al 06/07/2017" (in Spanish). National-Report. 30 June 2017. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  18. ^ "Chart Search: Mexico Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  19. ^ Peaks in Spain:
  20. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Kali Uchis – Get You". Music Canada. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Chart Search for Tyler, The Creator (Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles) | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Kali Uchis – What They Say". YouTube. June 26, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  23. ^ Padilla, Brian (October 14, 2014). "Watch Kali Uchis' Video for "Know What I Want"". Complex. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ Trammell, Matthew (May 5, 2015). "Kali Uchis Debuts A Far-Out New Video For "Rush"". The Fader. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  25. ^ Jones, Daisy (August 25, 2015). "Watch Kali Uchis get caught in a neon fever dream". Dazed. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  26. ^ Staff, Noisey (November 3, 2015). "KALI UCHIS RETURNS TO HER COLOMBIAN ROOTS IN THE GORGEOUS SELF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR "RIDIN ROUND"". Noisey. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  27. ^ Leight, Elias (April 20, 2016). "Vince Staples And Steve Lacy Join Kali Uchis In The "Only Girl" Video". The Fader. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  28. ^ Dandridge-Lemco, Ben. "Watch Kali Uchis's "Tyrant" Video Featuring Jorja Smith". FADER. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  29. ^ https://www.vevo.com/watch/kali-uchis/nuestro-planeta/GBUV71701614

External links

  • Official website
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