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Karly Marina Loaiza, known professionally as Kali Uchis, is an American singer and songwriter. After releasing her debut mixtape Drunken Babble (2012), she gained recognition for enlisting rapper Tyler, the Creator and Diplo to produce for her debut extended play, Por Vida (2015). She signed with Virgin EMI Records to release her debut studio album Isolation (2018), which peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200 and saw widespread acclaim. She then signed with Interscope Records to release her second studio album and first Spanish-language project, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) (2020). It spawned the single “Telepatía“, which first gained virality on TikTok and marked her first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 25, also receiving double platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her third studio album, Red Moon in Venus (2023) peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, while her fourth album and second Spanish-language project, Orquídeas (2024) peaked at number two.

Uchis guest featured on Kaytranada‘s 2019 single “10%“, which won Best Dance/Electronic Recording at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Her other accolades include an American Music Award, two Billboard Music Awards, and a nomination for a Latin Grammy Award.

Years active: 2012–present
Born age: July 17, 1993, 30 years old and 10 months, Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Sun Sign: Cancer
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Light Brown
Height: 5′ 6¼” – 1.68 m
Measurements: 34-24-34 in – 86-61-86 cm
Bra size: 34B US – 75B EU
Genres: R&B, neo soul, Latin

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Early life

Uchis, the daughter of a businessman Colombian father and an American mother. Her parents met during the late 1980s, and her father moved back to Colombia when Uchis was in high school. Karly has Colombian citizenship, and also resides in Pereira, the city of origin of her father. She subsequently spent summers in Colombia with her father, uncles, and aunts. During the school year, she lived with her mother and his older brother (professional skater). In high school, she learned to play the piano and saxophone. She participated in a jazz band, and graduated from Alexandria City High School (then called T. C. Williams High School). She often skipped class to spend time at the photo lab, making experimental short films. Her interest in photography led to her creating mixtape cover art. Skipping class and breaking the curfew set by her parents led to her being kicked out of her home. During this time, she lived in her car and wrote songs on her keyboard which would later appear on her debut mixtape Drunken Babble (2012). She also wrote poetry and did not initially intend to sing, being more interested in directing films than being in the spotlight. She was given the nickname “Karluchis” and she would later modify to be used as “Kali Uchis”.

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Career

2012–2016: Drunken Babble and Por Vida

Shortly after graduating, Uchis released her debut mixtapeDrunken Babble, on August 1, 2012. The mixtape was described as “genre-defying”, noted for its influences from doo-wopreggae and early 2000s R&B. In 2014, she collaborated with rapper Snoop Dogg on the song “On Edge” for his mixtape, That’s My Work 3.

In February 2015, Uchis released her debut EP Por Vida for free download on her official website, and later on iTunes. The project featured production from various musicians, including DiploTyler, the CreatorKaytranada and BadBadNotGood. She embarked on her first tour during October 2015 with Leon Bridges, touring through the United States and parts of Canada.

2017–2018: Breakthrough with Isolation

In April 2017, the 5th studio album by GorillazHumanz, was released and included songs featuring Uchis — namely “She’s My Collar”; “Ticker Tape” – a bonus track from the album’s Deluxe Edition; and “She’s My Collar (Kali Uchis Spanish Special)” – a bonus track from the album’s Super Deluxe Edition. The following month, Uchis released “Tyrant”, featuring English singer Jorja Smith, to serve as the lead single from her then-upcoming debut studio album. In June 2017, she announced her first headlining tour, specifically a North American tour in support of the album. The tour took place from August to October 2017, starting at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, with a stop at the Pop Montreal music festival. Uchis then released “Nuestro Planeta”, featuring Reykon, as the second single from the album, on August 25, 2017. In October 2017, Uchis was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year for “El Ratico”, her collaboration with Colombian musician Juanes. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for “Get You“, her collaboration with Canadian singer Daniel Caesar.

Uchis supported Lana Del Rey on select North American arena dates of her world tour, the LA to the Moon Tour, from January 15 to February 16, 2018. “After the Storm“, a track featuring Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins, was issued as the third single in January 2018, followed by the announcement of Isolation, in March 2018, which took place during Uchis’ appearance on The Tonight ShowIsolation was officially released worldwide on April 6, 2018. It received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 87, based on 17 reviews. The album’s fourth and final single, “Just a Stranger”, featuring Steve Lacy, was released on October 29, 2018.

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2019–2021: To Feel Alive and Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)

In June 2019, Uchis collaborated with American R&B band Free Nationals and American rapper Mac Miller on the single “Time“, which was the first official posthumous release by Miller since his death on September 7, 2018. In December 2019, Uchis released “Solita“, originally planned to be the lead single of her upcoming second studio album, it was later excluded from the final tracklist. However, the song would be included as a bonus track on the vinyl release of the album. On December 9, 2019, Kali Uchis was featured on the single “10%” by Canadian producer Kaytranada, which was taken from his album Bubba. The song would go onto win a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Later on, Uchis was featured on Little Dragon’s 6th studio album, New Me, Same Us for a remix of the song, “Are You Feeling Sad?”. April 24, 2020, Uchis released an extended play titled To Feel Alive. The EP was recorded entirely in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On February 27, 2020, Uchis appeared in Thundercat‘s music video for “Dragonball Durag

On August 7, 2020, Uchis released the song “Aquí Yo Mando” alongside American rapper Rico Nasty. The song was previously previewed in an episode of the HBO series Insecure. “Aquí Yo Mando” serves as the lead single from Uchis’ second studio album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios), which is her first project predominantly sung in Spanish. “La Luz” with Jhay Cortez was released as the album’s second single on October 1, 2020. Later that month, a music video for the song was released on October 26. On November 6, the album’s pre order was released, with the track list later being revealed on November 13. On November 17, “Te Pongo Mal (Préndelo)” with Jowell & Randy, was released as the album’s sole promotional single. The album was released on November 18, 2020, and would peak at number 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart.

Following a lip-sync challenge on the platform TikTok, “Telepatía” from Uchis’ second studio album saw a surge in popularity in early 2021. Before being issued as a single, the song debuted inside the top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart and later reached the summit of the chart on the week of May 22, 2021. The song also reached number three on Spotify‘s US Top 50 and number two on the service’s Global Top 50. “Telepatía” peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the resurgence of the song, the success garnered Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) to chart on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 52. On June 18, 2021, her boyfriend Don Toliver released a collaboration with Uchis titled “Drugs N Hella Melodies”, which was issued as the second single from Toliver’s second studio album, Life of a Don. On September 29, 2021, Uchis released the single “Fue Mejor” with SZA. The song is featured as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios).

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2022–present: Red Moon in Venus and Orquídeas

On April 21, 2022, Uchis announced on the red carpet of the Latin American Music Awards that she has completed her third and fourth studio albums, with one in Spanish and one in English. On August 15, 2022, she shared a snippet of a house-influenced song titled “No Hay Ley” on her social media, which was released as a single on September 2, 2022.

On January 19, 2023, Uchis released the song “I Wish You Roses“, alongside a music video, as the first single for her upcoming album. On January 23, 2023, Uchis announced her third studio album Red Moon in Venus, which was released on March 3, 2023, with an accompanying tour featuring special guest Raye. The tour began on April 25, 2023, in Austin, Texas and concluded on May 30, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. On February 15, 2023, Uchis’ boyfriend Don Toliver released a collaboration with her titled “4 Me”, a single for Toliver’s studio album Love Sick. On February 24, 2023, Uchis released the song “Moonlight” as the second single for Red Moon in Venus, featuring production credits from Benny BlancoCashmere Cat, and Leon MichelsRed Moon in Venus was released on March 3, 2023, featuring guest appearances from Omar Apollo, Toliver, and Summer Walker.

In July 2023, Uchis announced a “new era” for her music, along with a new single titled “Muñekita“, with Dominican rapper El Alfa and American rapper JT from City Girls, as the first single for her upcoming album. The single was released on August 4, 2023. On August 11, 2023 “Mañana Será Bonito (Bichota Season)” album of the Colombian singer Karol G was released on which Uchis collaborated on the song “Me tengo que ir”. On October 11, 2023, Uchis announced her fourth studio album, titled Orquídeas, which released on January 12, 2024, alongside the album’s cover art. On October 16, 2023, Uchis announced the second single, titled “Te Mata”, for her upcoming fourth album, released on October 20, 2023, alongside a music video.

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Artistry

Influences

Uchis stated that she is influenced by music of the 1960s, with its mix of early soul, R&B and doo-wop, saying: “Musically and aesthetically, the culture of it just inspires me.” She also mentioned that she enjoys jazz, stating during her career beginnings that she draws musical inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Other musicians she cited as influences on her sound are Curtis MayfieldLoose EndsRalfi Pagan, and Irma Thomas. She also takes influences from Celia CruzSalma HayekLa LupeSelenaShakira and Ivy Queen. Uchis also admires singer Mariah Carey.

Personal life

Children: 1

Uchis is openly bisexual, something she has often reflected in her music and public image. She has been in a relationship with American rapper Don Toliver since 2020. In January 2024, she announced that she was expecting her first child with Toliver via the music video for her songs “Tu Corazón Es Mio” and “Diosa”.

Kali Uchis Career Highlights

Debut Album – Isolation (2018)

First TV Show – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2017)

Kali UchisInteresting Facts

Her stage name “Kali Uchis” was given to her by her father.

She learned to play saxophone and piano as a child.

Played saxophone in her high school’s jazz band.

Kali has her father’s passport signature tattooed on her bicep.

She was born in Colombia while her family migrated to America when she was 7 years old.

Youngest of five children.

She released her debut mixtape, Drunken Babble, in August 2012, followed by her debut EP, Por Vida, released in 2015.

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Curtis Mayfield, Loose Ends, Mariah Carey, Ralfi Pagan, and Irma Thomas are her musical inspirations.

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