OMI has seen successes many artists only dream of. His hit record Cheerleader spent six non consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it went 5x Platinum; it garnered over 4 million Spotify weekly streams and has accumulated more than 230 million YouTube streams. Hes performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, and Americas Got Talent and thats just in the U.S.
Though over the moon and thankful for these honors and opportunities, the platinum recording artist celebrated his achievements with a heavy heart. OMIs father, who was also a musician, passed away when he was 9 years old.
He taught me all he could in such a short period of time. My attitude towards life and my work, I think I inherited from him. Im forever grateful for that, he gushes. Im living that dream he never got to.
In the years that have passed since releasing Cheerleader and his debut full-length album, Me 4 U, OMI has recharged his body, mind, and soul by spending time with family in Jamaica. Hes also been honing in on his craft growing as a singer, a songwriter, and a performer. Now, hes ready to begin his next chapter.
Music is demandingits very jealousand if you dont pay it any mind it will not pay you any mind. When it gets away from you, its hard to get it back, he admits. Im in that first stage again, as if I never had a hit record. Thats the hunger, the drive that I have right now in my heart and in my mind.
The new journey begins with the release of Masterpiece, an upbeat, tropical house-driven love song about embracing your partners imperfections and admiring them for who they are. Cos every time I look at you Im looking at a masterpiece/ If youre trying to be perfect you dont have to be, OMI croons during the chorus. Put your body on my body and Ill tell you honestly/ When I look at you Im looking at a masterpiece.
The single sees OMI collaborating with German producer Felix Jaehn for the first time since Cheerleader. And this time around, they made it a point to work in person. The two met up in London to record Masterpiece.
The experience was everything I expected it to be, OMI says about his studio time with Jaehn. The duo bounced ideas off each other, communicated well, shared good vibes and amazing energy. That electricity shows in the infectious reggae fusion track.
Masterpiece is the first look into OMIs upcoming new album a project thats fused with Tropical Pop sound and showcases OMIs continuous progression as an artist. One of the things I strived to accomplish with this next album is to allow people to see the growth. That to me is everything, OMI confesses. Youve got to be creative and innovative in terms of perspective, because in music the topic never changes. Its life; its what you live. Youve always got to reinvent yourself.
At the same time, the album is still OMI. The singer made sure these songs incorporated certain elements that were present in Me 4 U, ensuring a slow and steady transition. You have to pay tribute to the work that was done initially, because thats what put you on the map, he says humbly. You have to show respect to that.