Cody Robert Simpson (born 11 January 1997) is an Australian singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, actor and surfer from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia who was previously signed to Atlantic Records. He also owns his own record label called Coast House Records.
Simpson began to record songs in his bedroom during the summer of 2009 on YouTube, performing “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz,”Cry Me a River” and “Señorita” by Justin Timberlake, “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 and his own songs, “One” and “Perfect”. He was subsequently discovered on YouTube by Shawn Campbell.
He released his debut single, “iYiYi” (which features American rapper Flo Rida), on 15 May 2010. The music video for Simpson’s second single, “Summertime”, was released on 20 September 2010. Simpson relocated to Los Angeles in June 2010 with his family to pursue his career. An EP, 4 U was released on 21 December 2010. The EP included five tracks in total, four of them being previously unreleased
Coast to Coast was released on 20 September 2011 by Alantic Records. It reached number 12 on Billboard 200 selling 24,000 copies. On 6 August 2011 Simpson started his Coast to Coast Mall Tour in Lake Grove, New York to promote his second EP. He played nine dates around the United States and finished it in Orange, California on 18 September 2011.
On 12 June 2012, Simpson released an EP titled Preview to Paradise containing four songs from his upcoming debut studio album, Paradise, which was released on 2 October 2012. In February 2013, Simpson toured Europe, doing his own tour dates as well as supporting Justin Bieber on many of the European Believe tour dates.
Surfers Paradise, which was released on 16 July 2013, is Simpson’s first album to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. During summer of 2013, Simpson headlined the Paradise Tour, featuring opening acts Ryan Beatty and Before You Exit. On 19 November 2013, Simpson released an acoustic album called The Acoustic Sessions, featuring the songs “Pretty Brown Eyes”, “All Day”, “La Da Dee”, “Wish U Were Here”, and a cover of “Please Come Home for Christmas” recorded acoustically.
From 30 June 2014 to 14 July 2014 Simpson did an acoustic tour through Europe with singer Jackson Harris. In August 2014 Simpson announced he had departed Warner/Atlantic. He cited creative differences as the reason for his departure and as a result is currently unsigned.
In 2015 Cody’s album Free was scheduled to be released on June 23, 2015, then was pushed back to July 10. Simpson performed the first single, “Flower” on Good Morning America on 6 February 2015. It is his first album as an independent artist since leaving Atlantic Records to create his own label, Coast House.
Simpson has also become a social activist and environmentalist, having given a speech on the subject at the United Nations and has also appeared in a number of movies and television shows: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm452 3486/.
Not a bad career progression for a guy just about to turn twenty!
Official Site: www.codysimpson.com