Kali Uchis is a Colombian American singer-songwriter who sounds as if Amy Winehouse, Selena, and Aaliyah were reincarnated in her vocal cords. At age 18, she started recording tracks on her MacBook in her bedroom and now she’s making albums with Snoop Dogg. Her music is influenced by jazz, bossa nova, and soul, and her lyrics bring emotions to life. The song “Loner” – inspired by a past relationship – invokes intense feelings, but she wrote it as an affirmation of women’s strength and independence.
Kali was born in Pereira, Colombia and moved to Virginia when she was young and knows the struggles of bicultural identity. As a blonde, light-skinned Latin American woman she is often mis-categorized because she defies a singular identity. She wants you to know she is not from California.
Originally produced for NPR's Latino USA by Marlon Bishop, Nadia Reiman, and Sarah Barrett http://latinousa.org/2015/08/14/kali-uchis-will-captivate-you/