Who is Koffee?
Mikayla Simpson, also known by her stage name “Koffee,” has become one of the most exciting young talents to burst onto the music scene in the last few years. She gained incredible popularity in 2017 when she uploaded a video of her singing a song she wrote about fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt called “Legend.” The video went viral and shot Koffee directly into the spotlight.
The past year, Koffee has valued the time she has been able to spend in her home of Spanish Town, Jamaica. Having the opportunity to be with her family and friends and working on her music. This resulted in the release of her energizing single “Lockdown,” which has accumulated almost 50 million views on Youtube and well over 13 million streams on Spotify since July 2020.
In only two short years since beginning her career, Koffee garnered international recognition, received some of the most prestigious awards, including a Grammy for “Best Reggae Album” in 2019 and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding International song in 2020. She’s worked with some of the world’s most sought-after producers, artists and has been a part of significant brand partnerships.
She was front and center for Calvin Klein’s Spring 2021 collection Black Canvas, a campaign that focused on the iconic brand’s most foundational styles.
Fashion brand H&M invited her to be a part of their 2020 holiday ad campaign, Bring on the Future.
Athletic, sports brand Air Jordan featured Koffee and interviewed her on the topics of positivity and self-reflection on their Youtube channel.
Jamaican brewed, non-alcoholic beverage company Malta Jamaica brought Koffee on board for their Full of Flava campaign, for which she wrote and performed the original song.
The most powerful of her partnerships: Clark’s Originals’ intimate short film Clarks and Jamaica, involving other Jamaican stars and an entirely Jamaican crew. The film, released last month, explores the deep connection between the island and Clark’s Originals, exploring why there is such a solid and collective affinity for this particular shoe. The film overflows with emotion, national pride, and pure love. Well worth a watch!
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From establishing herself in the Reggae genre, breaking the mold, and making it her own, she was the youngest woman and artist ever to win the Grammy for “Best Reggae Album” for her 2019 EP Rapture Koffee is building quite the life for herself. A life full of artistry, activism, and purpose, this 21-year-old musical sensation is determined to leave a positive mark on the world. We can’t wait to help her on her way.