Kali Uchis is a 28-year-old Colombian-American singer-songwriter and record producer who is quickly becoming one of the most influential Latino voices of her generation. Born into a family from Pereira, Uchis has lived most of her life in the United States and has embraced her dual identity through her music. Her stage name is a tribute to the nickname her father gave her, “Karluchis”, when she was a child.
Uchis’ music is a unique blend of different genres and styles, ranging from Latin pop and R&B to neo-soul and reggaeton. Since her two studio albums, Isolation and Sin Miedo (Without Fear), Uchis has established herself as a major force in the Latin music scene. She has been nominated for several awards, including a Latin Grammy, a Grammy Award, and an American Music Award, and has won ten awards in total.
Uchis has also received praise for her empowering lyrics, which speak to themes of identity, belonging, and self-acceptance. On her song “Telepathy,” Uchis sings about being unapologetically herself and embracing her dual identity: “I’m coming through the speakers / I’m Latino, I’m a gringo.”
Uchis’ unique sound, style and perspective have made her a rising star in the music industry. Her fans admire her authenticity and her willingness to be vulnerable in her music. Her natural blend of genres and cultures has earned her admiration from critics and audiences alike.
Uchis is part of a new generation of Latinx artists who are challenging traditional boundaries and redefining what it means to be Latinx. By embracing her dual identity and creating music that speaks to issues of identity and belonging, Uchis is becoming a role model for Latinx youth around the world.