Better known by his stage name OMI, Omar Samuel Pasley is a pop, reggae-fusion Jamaican/American singer. OMI is best known for “Cheerleader”, a worldwide hit for him in a remixed version by German DJ Felix Jaehn.
Born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, OMI moved to Rochester, New York with his aunt, at 15 years of age. At age 18 he moved back to Jamaica because his aunt had passed away. Omi established in Kingston, after being discovered by the dancehall impresario Clifton Dillon and signed to Oufah, an independent Jamaican label.
His first recorded single was “Standing On All Threes” released with a music video. OMI had composed a song titled “Cheerleader” in 2008. He eventually recorded it and performed and released in 2012. It was released in Jamaica along with a low-budget, high-concept video shot in Oregon during OMI’s first trip to the United States, becoming a modest hit in Jamaica and also popular in Hawaii and in Dubai. Never releasing an album, OMI had various local hits in Jamaica like “Take It Easy”, “Fireworks” (accompanied by a music video) and “Color of My Lips”, the latter featuring Busy Signal, a well-known Jamaican dancehall and reggae artist.
Certified 5 times platinum in Sweden, the smash hit “Cheerleader” soon spread through other European charts, notably France, Italy and Germany. It topped the charts in several European countries and in Australia. In the United Kingdom, Omi made history in 2015, when “Cheerleader” topped the UK Singles Chart for a fourth week in a row, marking the longest consecutive period any Jamaican artist has held that position on the chart. In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2015. Claiming the top spot, OMI has achieved recognition worldwide.
Later in 2015 he would release the single “Hula Hoop. He released his debut studio album Me 4 U on 16 October 2015. The album includes the singles “Cheerleader”, “Hula Hoop”, “Stir It”, and “Drop In the Ocean”.