Kali Uchis is a Colombian-American singer and songwriter. Kali Uchis’ net worth has been estimated at $4 million as of 2020. Her real name is Karly-Marina Loaiza was born on July 17, 1994. She debuted in the music industry with her 2012 mixtape, Drunken Babble, which was described as “genre-defying”.

Net Worth$4 Million
Source of WealthProfessional Singing
OriginAlexandria, Virginia
Age25 Years
BornJuly 17, 1994
Last UpdatedApril 2, 2020

Kali Uchis Career and Debut: went from living out of a car to pop stardom

Isolation - Kali Uchis
Isolation – Kali Uchis

At the age of 17, Kali Uchis was thrown out of her parents’ house for repeatedly breaking her curfew according to an interview with BBC.

For months she lived out of her car, staying with friends when she could and working in a grocery store to make ends meet.

Her rebellious streak first started to cause problems two years earlier, when she’d begun skipping class to spend time making experimental short films and working on her music.

It makes the lyrics to the opening song on her debut album, Isolation, particularly fitting.

“There’s no tracking where I’m going,” she sings on Body Language.

Read the full interview on BBC.

Kali Uchis Early Life

Kali Uchis released her first EP, Por Vida, in 2015 to further recognition. Her debut studio album, Isolation, was released in 2018 to widespread acclaim.

Although, she was born in Alexandria, Virginia. Her father was moved from Pereira, Colombia to the United States, fleeing the conflict in Colombia. Then he met Karly’s mother in the United States during the early ’90s.

Her mother had children from a previous marriage. Kali is their only child together. Her father moved back to Colombia when Karly was in high school in order to take care of his mother, who had fallen ill. Uchis stayed in Colombia with her father and aunts during the summer. While growing up in an immigrant and working-class home, her home life was often filled with hard manual labor.

How Kali Enter’s Into This Singing World

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”, according to Vice.

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 Mayfield, Loose Ends, Ralfi Pagan, and Irma Thomas. Uchis also admires singer Mariah Carey.

Awards Nominations of Kali Uchis

In 2017 and 2018, Kali has been nominated for several awards functions including Latin Grammy awards and Grammy awards. Here is the list of Kali’s nominations:

  • Latin Grammy Awards in 2017
  • Grammy Awards in 2017
  • UK Music Video Awards in 2018
  • Soul Train Music Awards in 2018

Music and Concert Tours By Kali

From 2015 to 2019 she has been appeared in multiple music tours and they are as follows:

  • North American Tour (2017)
  • In Your Dreams Tour (2018)
  • Isolation Tour (2018)
  • The Kali & Jorja Tour (with Jorja Smith) (2019)
  • Leon Bridges – Coming Home Tour (2015)
  • Lana Del Rey – LA to the Moon Tour (2018)

Kali Uchis Favorite Quotes

“I played the saxophone and piano, and I was always writing poetry and stories or drawing in my notebook. I just tried to express myself through as many creative outlets as possible. And in high school, I started to get really into photography and videography and would spend hours working on it.” – Kali Uchis

“The first time I did a show, I definitely didn’t get any money. My friend just let me do this show. I was so nervous: my mic didn’t work, and I was like, ‘Urgh.’ It was terrible. It was a dingy club off of the highway, but all these people came. It was packed out.” – Kali Uchis

“The people, the culture… there’s so much magic in Colombia, so I feel like being a kid, being able to have that, being able to also call Colombia my home, it was such an important part of my introduction as an artist, too, because it’s such a big part of my life as a human being.” – Kali Uchis

“We’re all born into whatever citizenship, circumstances, or class we happen to be born into. Immigrants and so many people in the working-class work so hard every day for nickels and pennies and scraps to just barely get by and then realize that this precious life has been completely drained out of us.” – Kali Uchis

Present (2020) Life and Career of Kali

In June 2019, Uchis collaborated with American R&B band Free Nationals and American rapper Mac Miller on the single “Time”, which is the first official posthumous release by Miller since his death on September 7, 2018.

In December 2019, Uchis released “Solita”, the lead single of her upcoming second studio album, scheduled to be released in 2020 and to be predominantly sung in Spanish.


Kali is living her life very well and she is also going to launch her new album which will be sung in Spanish and was scheduled last year to release in 2020.

Her musical styles include R&B, neo-soul, and pop, and she also plays the saxophone and piano (which she started playing in high school).

As of 2020, Kali Uchis’ net worth is approximately $4 Million.

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