Cody Simpson Biography
Music played an integral part in Simpson’s life right from the start. Seeing his dad sing and play guitar for friends and family at parties and backyard barbecues taught him the incredible power of music to bring people together. Inspired, he asked for his own guitar and began taking lessons at the age of seven.
After learning but a few chords, Cody wrote his first song. He continued practicing and soon began posting YouTube videos of himself performing his original songs alongside stellar covers by such favorite artists as Justin Timberlake, Jason Mraz, and The Jacksons. Simpson’s YouTube Channel quickly created a worldwide commotion, receiving millions upon millions of views following its August 2008 debut. Among those drawn to Cody’s extraordinary talent was a U.S. based music producer, who reached out to the gifted young performer expressing interest in meeting him. Simpson and his family soon flew to the U.S. to meet with him, collaborating on a number of tracks.
In April 2010, Simpson signed with Atlantic Records, which then released his irresistible debut single, “iYiYi (Feat. Flo Rida).” “Flo and I worked with some amazing people,” says Simpson, “including Colby O'Donis, Bei Major and DJ FrankE. We came up with something really catchy. I think everyone can relate to the lyrics. The song is about liking a girl and missing her when she’s not around. Who hasn’t been through that?”
Now relocated to Los Angeles, Simpson soon began winning over U.S. fans with a series of live performances, including 2010’s Campified tour of over 30 different summer camps across the country. Cody’s debut EP, entitled “4 U,” arrived in December 2010, highlighted by both “iYiYi” and the rhythmic pop of “All Day,” which rose to #1 on Radio Disney’s “Top 30 Countdown.”
“On My Mind,” the first single from “COAST TO COAST,” followed in May and proved to be Cody’s breakthrough U.S. hit. The track skyrocketed to #1 at Radio Disney while also hitting the Top 40 at Pop radio outlets nationwide. In addition, the “On My Mind” companion video – directed by Travis Kopach (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls) – turned out to be a certified YouTube smash with over 12.5 million views and counting.
A truly charming and charismatic live performer, Simpson continued to tour nearly non-stop, including a sold out co-headline tour with Greyson Chance, shows alongside Miranda Cosgrove, and appearances at such events as the Arthur Ashe Kids Day festivities at the 2011 U.S. Open. Cody’s own “Coast To Coast Tour” of U.S. malls – presented by Pastry and co-sponsored by Claire’s and Defeat The Label – drew huge crowds everywhere it went, with more than 3,000 fans turning out at each of its 10 stops to see the rising teen star in action.
Cody has also made an array of high profile TV appearances, including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Live! with Kelly, Nickelodeon’s Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, The Disney Channel’s So Random, CBS Saturday Early Show, and the nationally syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show, not to mention as a performer and mentor on Radio Disney and the Disney Channel’s “N.B.T. (Next Big Thing)” talent contest. In addition, Simpson was among the top stars featured at Australian Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids Choice Awards, where he won awards in a trio of categories, including “Awesome Aussie,” “Aussie Muso,” and the prestigious “Super Fresh.” Cody was profiled in a range of national publications, while also receiving extensive TV coverage including E! News and Access Hollywood.