Who are Kali Uchis's parents? Ethnicity and family of the singer explored

Amber Peake June 18, 2021
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Kali Uchis and fellow artist Don Toliver released their new song, Drugs And Hella Melodies, today, Friday 18 June. Amid her latest collaboration, some are curious to know more about Kali Uchis’s parents.

Who is Kali Uchis?

Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis first rose to fame in 2012 with the release of her mixtape, Drunken Babble. Although the musician has previously spoken of how she doesn’t define the mixtape as the start of her music career.

Uchis went on to release her debut album Isolation in 2018, which at the time was described as “rich, self-assured and deeply personal”.

She has since worked alongside some well-known names including Gorillaz and Tame Impala, and Tyler, The Creator.

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Who are Kali Uchis’s parents?

Kali Uchis’s parents are Columbian. While the singer was born in Virginia, she spent her early childhood in Colombia before her family later moved back to America.

The musician has previously opened up on how her father was one of her first musical inspirations.

Talking to the BBC in 2018, she explained: “My dad managed apartment complexes and a lot of people when they would leave the apartments they would leave their old music behind.”

The singer continued: “So my dad would bring me home little boxes of CDs sometimes.”

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Uchis on the inspiration behind her second album

Kali Uchis released her second album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) in November 2020 and at the time spoke of how the album was “nostalgic” to make.

She wrote on Instagram at the time: “This album is full of so many genres that made my childhood & I am very proud of its range of emotions & nostalgia.

“I hope it brings you any bit of the joy it has brought me. thank you. to every person who worked with me on it & every person taking the time to listen.”

The album featured Uchis singing in Spanish which she has since explained reflects her childhood and growing up as bilingual.

While talking to The Evening Standard ahead of her album in October 2020, she explained: “The album is all Spanish with a few bits here and there in English.

“That’s just my writing style. I grew up bilingual, speaking Spanglish in my house, so it would be inauthentic to sing completely in Spanish or in English because that’s not how I talk.”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.