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The team is soon to release a documentary on Lami’s journey to her sophomore album, Pieces of Love, and some personal stories. We get to a glimpse into who Lami is, and what her music stands for. We also get to hear a few words from her friends and colleagues in the music business
New Blog: Check out Lami’s new Blog , Pieces of Love, and you can follow her on Tumblr for updates. She’ll update the blog periodically with pictures, notes, music and other things that inspire her
MusicByLami: The Official YouTube Page is now up and running. Subscribe to the YouTube page so that you’ll be the first to know when she releases any new video material!
BeTheChange: Lami’s BeTheChange initiative is a charity that is focused on helping children and the less fortunate. If you would like to know more about BeTheChange, please check out our work here. To donate clothes, toys, food and more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also let you know when we will be going to visit orphanages so you can join us, if interested.
Lami Phillips (LAMI) was born in Chicago, Illinois, where she spent her early years. She then moved back to Nigeria with her parents and siblings, where she went through elementary school at Corona School, Victoria Island. While there, she won a talent competition that helped her realize her love for singing and entertaining. She moved to England in her teenage years and lived there for about eleven years, later returning to and the United States.
Growing up, Lami was always surrounded by all genres of music, as her parents and siblings were all music enthusiasts. She found that she was naturally inclined to RnB, Soul and Jazz, from an early age, and would write songs and make herself mixtapes to listen to, of all her favorite artists. Her music interests ranged from the likes of Tupac Shakur, to Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Kim Burell, Jill Scott, Sade, Otis Redding and many more. She laughs as she remembers the first song she wrote was when she was 8yrs old, “I really thought I could mail it to Walt Disney and get it on their next project. All my siblings still remember the song though, so it means it’s still a hit… haha! Who knows? I may still record and release it someday.”
She loved entertaining at an early age with her friends they would all dress up and perform at each other’s birthday parties for the heck of it. She never really thought of music as a career choice, but more as something she loved to do. However, while studying in the UK, Lami started taking vocal lessons and joined the choir at her church (Jesus House, UK). This was the turning point in her life. She said too many strangers would walk up to her and say “ You gotta do something with that voice.” So she took to the stage and started performing professionally.
While gaining momentum in her world of music, she completed her BA (Hons) at University of Kent, then her MA degree from the University of Nottingham. She then moved back to the United States and started taking professional vocal lessons again. By this time, she had started songwriting professionally also, and was looking into a debut album. Lami is someone with an endless thirst for knowledge, impacted by her parent’s love for education, and decided to get yet another degree while in the United States – an Executive MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
A few years after completing her MBA, she decided to take a risk and return to Lagos, Nigeria, to start working on her debut album. Knowing well that her music inclination, soul music, was not popular in Nigeria, she still decided it was worth the risk, drawing inspiration from the likes of Seal and Sade, who are Nigerians that have successfully taken their soul brands worldwide. According to Lami, the musical journey was taking forever because she kept seeking the perfect team, perfect moment, perfect opportunity, and the perfect songs until it occurred to her that sometimes “perfect” is overrated. She figured that if the music has meaning, if the music has soul, and if the music makes a difference, then she had done all she set out to achieve.
Favorite dishes: Seafood stir-fry! She loves squid, prawns, mussels, shrimps n all kinds of seafood...
First song performed and when: When Lami was 7yrs old, she won a talent quest when she performed Whitney Houston’s “greatest love of all” in front of her whole primary school.
Favourite item of clothing: Lami has a 13yr old pair of jeans...it’s worn out but she still wears it especially on summer vacations with my family.
Favourite places in the world: She loves places with distinct culture...like Puerto Rico, Gibraltar, Malta, The Bahamas...but her favorite place in the world is Venice!
Favorite perfume: Lovely by SJP
Favorite Movie: Lami couldn’t pick just one! Her favorite movies, in no particular order, are - Forrest Gump, Color Purple, Master of the Game, Casablanca... and almost all Disney movies!
How Lami describes herself: A child of God, blessed, silly, funny, creative, determined, a dreamer, fabulous, fun, reserved, unable to tolerate BS, REAL!
Currently reading: Nelson Mandela's biography
Currently watching: Re-runs of "Friends" - her favorite series ever! She loves dry humor.
Best way to chill: With family... and tight, tight friends – she’s only got about 4 friends really, according to her.
Club or Lounge: Her sofa! She says, “Clubbing isn’t that much fun for me in Lagos. It’s the same music, same people, and I can’t be myself, lest there’s a tabloid caption! So it’s more fun for me at home watching cartoons. If I’m out...there’s a gooooooood reason!”
Bad Habits: For this one, Lami says there’s such a loooong list, but she loves her imperfections. Her bad habits include - Calling (or well, not calling) people; she plays with her hair a lot and eats whatever she wants. She hates exercising – says it feels odd running when nobody is chasing after her.
Turn-off: Bad manners, bad hygiene...