Kali Uchis

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Kali Uchis
Kali Uchis, ACL 2015.jpg
Kali Uchis performing at Austin City Limits Music Festival in October 2015
Background information
Born (1994-07-17) July 17, 1994 (age 23)
Pereira, Colombia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • poet
  • record producer
  • music video director
  • fashion designer
  • Vocals
  • saxophone
Years active 2012–present
Labels Virgin
Associated acts
Website www.kaliuchis.com

Karly 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 from Alexandria, Virginia.


Kali would write and produce most of her own music.[1] She was introduced to music at a young age, when raised in the Alexandria school system, culminating in graduating from T. C. Williams High School, and began playing saxophone and piano as a teenager.[1] She experimented with music production and video editing in high school and released her official debut mixtape, titled 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.[2] Uchis really liked jazz and played the saxophone. Some of her influences include Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

Uchis 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 is her first EP, titled Por Vida. The EP was also released for free on her website.[5] Por Vida features production from Alex Epton, Diplo, Tyler, the Creator, Kaytranada, BadBadNotGood, and others.[6]

In October 2015, Kali Uchis embarked on her first tour with Leon Bridges, touring through the United States and parts of Canada for a month.

Uchis 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".

On May 22, 2017, Uchis 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 and of 2017, starting at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco.[7]




Music videos

Title Year Directors
"What They Say" 2013 Kali Uchis and Tony Katai[12]
"Know What I Want" 2014 Kali Uchis and Chris Black[13]
"Rush" 2015 Kali Uchis and WIISSA[14]
"Loner" Kali Uchis and Andy Hines[15]
"Ridin Round" Kali Uchis and Felipe Holguín Caro[16]
"Only Girl" (feat. Steve Lacy and Vince Staples) 2016 Kali Uchis, Cory Bailey and Valentine Street [17]
"Tyrant" (feat. Jorja Smith) 2017 Heli[18]

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
"FUCKING YOUNG / PERFECT" Tyler, The Creator, Charlie Wilson, Chaz Bundick, Syd Bennett
"Wave" Major Lazer Peace Is The Mission
"Get You" 2016 Daniel Caesar Get You
"She's My Collar" 2017 Gorillaz Humanz
"Ticker Tape" Gorillaz, Carly Simon
"El Ratico" Juanes Mis Planes son Amarte


  1. ^ a b 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. Prometheus Global Media. 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. 
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/KALIUCHIS/status/877193414646808576
  8. ^ "Know What I Want – Single by Kali Uchis". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lottery – Single by Kali Uchis". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ridin Round - Single by Kali Uchis". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Only Girl ft. Steve Lacy,Vince Staples". SoundCloud (US). Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Kali Uchis – What They Say". YouTube. June 26, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ Padilla, Brian (October 14, 2014). "Watch Kali Uchis' Video for "Know What I Want"". Complex. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ Trammell, Matthew (May 5, 2015). "Kali Uchis Debuts A Far-Out New Video For "Rush"". The Fader. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ Jones, Daisy (August 25, 2015). "Watch Kali Uchis get caught in a neon fever dream". Dazed. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Leight, Elias (April 20, 2016). "Vince Staples And Steve Lacy Join Kali Uchis In The "Only Girl" Video". The Fader. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ Dandridge-Lemco, Ben. "Watch Kali Uchis’s “Tyrant” Video Featuring Jorja Smith". FADER. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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