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Cody Simpson            

Australian Singer, Songwriter

Now, with the long awaited arrival of his full-length debut album, PARADISE, the Queensland, Australia-born singer/songwriter is ready to soar even higher. With a refreshing blend of contemporary high-energy and acoustic guitar-driven beach pop songs like Wish U Were Here (Feat. Becky G) and Got Me Good Simpson is revealed as much more than just a worldwide multimedia phenomenon hes a distinctive and original artist with his own lane.

Thats so hard to do in pop music, which is why I took my time, says Simpson. When people listen to it, theyll really hear me. Theyll be able to say Thats Cody Simpson. Thats what he sounds like.

PARADISE was recorded throughout the first half of 2012, all part of a non-stop schedule that includes school, recording, touring, and countless TV and promotional appearances. Despite the constant activity, the Los Angeles-based Simpson determinedly took his time making the record, accumulating more and more life experience with each day.

I felt that I didnt really have enough to say, Simpson explains, but Ive learned so much recently. Ive grown up a bit. Having traveled the world I feel like I have a lot more to write about.

Simpson who co-wrote most of PARADISE was joined in the studio by a veritable whos-who of modern pop hitmakers, including Dr. Luke & Cirkut (Katy Perry, Flo Rida, Ke$ha), Adam Messinger & Nasri (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown), John Ryan (One Direction, Jennifer Lopez), Colby ODonis (Lady Gaga), Drew Pearson (Zac Brown Band, Phillip Phillips), Dwayne Supa Dups Chin-quee (Bruno Mars, Drake, Eminem), Jonathan Bellion, Alex Dezen & Chris Morris, and The Futuristics (Chris Brown, The Lonely Island Feat. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga). Cody views his work with such heavyweight talent to be a kind of college of musical knowledge.

They have their vibe, I have my vibe, then we get in the studio and mix the two, Simpson says. Its cool to work with so many different artists because I get to take different inspirations and learn new things, it makes me a better artist. Im always looking to improve, to make the best music I can for my fans.

Simpson who co-wrote much of the album cites the influence of such artists as Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and Jack Johnson on songs such as Got Me Good and the ebullient title track. The chill vibes and sweet surfside spirit represent Simpsons deep connection to his native Gold Coast of Australia.

Paradise, for me, is home, Simpson says. I only get to go home maybe twice a year, so when I do go home, it really feels like paradise. Thats the great thing about paradise; its pretty much whatever you want it to be. Everybody who listens to this record will have a different vision of paradise.

Music played an integral part in Simpsons 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. Simpsons YouTube Channel quickly created a worldwide commotion, receiving millions upon millions of views following its August 2008 debut.

In April 2010, Simpson released his irresistible debut single, iYiYi (Feat. Flo Rida), and immediately began winning over U.S. fans with a series of live performances, including 2010s Camplified tour of over 30 different summer camps across the country. Codys 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 Disneys Top 30 Countdown.

In summer 2011, Simpson made a stunning chart debut as his COAST TO COAST EP entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #12. The EP highlighted by the hit single, On My Mind, which proved a top 40 favorite at Pop radio outlets nationwide, having also hit #1 at Radio Disney (his second chart-topper at the network). The On My Mind companion video directed by Travis Kopach (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls) is also a certified YouTube blockbuster with over 14 million views and counting at Codys official YouTube channel.

A truly charming and charismatic live performer, Simpson has toured nearly non-stop, including his sold out Welcome to Paradise headline tour, co-headline tours with Big Time Rush and shows alongside Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and appearances at such events as the 2011 & 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll, the Arthur Ashe Kids Day festivities at the 2011 U.S. Open. Codys own Coast To Coast Tour of U.S. malls drew huge crowds everywhere it went in 2011, 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 a remarkable array of high profile TV appearances, including NBCs The Today Show, ABCs Live! with Kelly, ABCs Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Nickelodeons Bucket & Skinners Epic Adventures, The Disney Channels 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 Channels N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) talent contest. In addition, Simpson was among the top stars featured at Nickelodeons 2012 Kids Choice Awards where he presented and took home the award for Favorite Aussie Star, and at Australian Nickelodeons 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 also profiled in a range of national publications, while also receiving extensive TV coverage including E! News and Access Hollywood.

As if all that werent enough, Simpson also starred in the 2012 original film, Finding Cody. Presented by Warner Music Groups original YouTube Channel, The Warner Sound, Finding Cody made history as the first interactive YouTube movie featuring a major musical artist. While he enjoys such extracurricular creative activities, Simpson is firmly focused on one aspect of his art above all.

My music is way above everything else right now except maybe school, he says. Im really focused on being the best artist and performer I can right now. Definitely, in the future, Im interested in acting and fashion, but right now Im taking it one step at a time. I dont want to rush things.

The delightfully idiosyncratic PARADISE confirms Cody Simpson as a major recording artist and a unique new voice in modern pop music. With a full-scale AEG promoted North American tour in support of PARADISE scheduled to get underway in February 2013 and a November European tour nearly already nearly sold out, things are about to get even more intense for Cody Simpson.

Theres so much going on right now, he says, its just a crazy whirlwind. Im super-stoked and definitely ready for it.

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