Deluxe debut album – ‘IVORY (MARFIL)’ – out now
Omar Apollo’s phenomenal 2022 continues this week as ‘Evergreen’ becomes his first track to place in the UK Singles Chart, rising to number 31 this week. Just playlisted at Radio 1 and climbing the Billboard Charts in the US, ‘Evergreen’ has now surpassed a staggering 62 million streams alone. The track was also showcased in Omar’s iconic NPR Tiny Desk, which dropped recently in association with Latinx Heritage Month and saw Apollo backed by Las Mariachis Lindas, in addition to his performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Last week.
Now poised to take his incredible live show back on the road with a US tour, Omar Apollo played a sold-out date at London’s legendary Koko earlier this summer, returning to the capital for All Points East festival.
Released to widespread acclaim earlier this year, IVORY takes Omar’s songwriting to the next level – crossing genre lines as well as language barriers as it showcases even greater musical diversity from the budding superstar. The album features the Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo produced single ‘Tamagotchi’ in addition to highlights like ‘Invincible’ (featuring Daniel Caesar), ‘Bad Life’ with Kali Uchis, and ‘Go Away’ (produced by Omar himself alongside Carter Lang and Chromeo).
Omar Apollo is one of music’s most exciting shape-shifters. In just a few years, the Indiana-raised Mexican-American singer-songwriter went from teenage strummer to one of the most hotly-tipped R&B artists of his generation. Apollo has had a transformative but linear journey, from listening to Brandy and Stevie Wonder as a kid to plucking away at a guitar at as a pre-teen, to self-releasing a pair of EPs as a young man—2018’s ‘Stereo’ and 2019’s ‘Friends’—that established his signature “bedroom soul” and earned him love from fans and press. As unique as his sound is, Apollo has garnered as much attention for his lyrics—themes of romantic yearning and self-improvement swirled up with expressions of cultural heritage and identity. In 2020, he released his home-recorded project ‘Apolonio’ which featured collaborations with Bootsy Collins, DJ Dahi, Albert Hammond, Jr., and more. To celebrate ‘Apolonio’s’ release, Apollo performed a livestream concert from Paisley Park, the legendary residence of one of his heroes, Prince. Apollo closed out the year on a high note receiving his first Latin GRAMMY nomination for his collaboration “Te Olvidaste“ with C Tangana.
The unstoppable ‘Evegreen’ takes Omar Apollo’s journey in yet another unexpected direction. Despite being at this pivotal moment in his career, Omar feels like he’s just getting started. The artist who once called himself “just a kid from Indiana” is breaking new ground, abandoning all comfort zones, and never looking back.