UMI (NOW 83)

August 5, 2022

UMI leads with peace. With this intention, multidisciplinary artist Tierra Umi Wilson —who goes by the moniker UMI (which means ‘ocean’ in Japanese)— builds a space for healing in her music. UMI’s voice is soft and feather-like as her vocals gently call listeners to be reflective and embrace the range of their emotions. The 23-year-old Seattle native, who’s now based in LA, has been releasing music since 2017, finding early success with a string of EPs and songs like “Remember Me,” which has now surpassed 118 million streams on Spotify alone. Vogue offered an early cosign by naming UMI as one of the “young breakthrough musicians making noise in the music industry” and she has continued to raise the bar with consecutive projects, Introspection in 2020 and Introspection Reimagined, in 2021. UMI’s dedication, execution and ingenuity earned her recognition from Vogue, Interview Magazine, WWD and Refinery29, and support from the likes of Chanel and Nike. Throughout 2021, UMI brought her live show to festival stages including Governors Ball, Day N Vegas and Head in the Clouds, as well as joining Burna Boy for a performance at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Now, with four years steadfast towards her first full-length album, UMI has arrived with Forest in the City. What began as a series of questions, including “Is the city our new forest? And how does the city impact our minds?,” evolved into sonic epiphanies and UMI’s proudest work yet. The album features moody slow jam “moonlit room,” the soul-awakening “whatever u like,” which was named best new music by Billboard, ESSENCE, Pigeons & Planes and more along with the dreamy track “sorry.” UMI will be on her first U.S. tour this summer with 23-dates including sold-out shows in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and more.

Songwriters: Tierra Umi Wilson, Theo Hoarau, Danny Parra, Veronica Verra