Cody Robert Simpson (born 11 January 1997) is an Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. He formed a band called the Tide, and issued their debut song, "Waiting For the Tide", releasing it on his own label, The Coast House Records. In 2017, he signed with the talent agency ICM Partners. During his beginning in 2010, Simpson had a record deal with Atlantic Records after his covers on YouTube went viral. He released two albums on the label, Paradise (2012) and Surfers Paradise (2013). He also released two EPs, 4 U (2010) and Coast to Coast (2011). His deal with Atlantic Records ended in 2014 due to creative differences.
Simpson at the ARIA Music Awards of 2013
Cody Robert Simpson
11 January 1997
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Simpson was born on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, to Brad and Angie Simpson. He attended All Saints Anglican School throughout his upbringing and was a talented swimmer in his younger years. Simpson trained at the Miami Swimming Club under coach Ken Nixon and won two gold medals at the 2009 Queensland Swimming Championships. His mother Angie also worked as a volunteer at the swimming club. He has two younger siblings, Tom and Alli.
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.
2009–11: Career beginnings, 4 U, and Coast to CoastEdit
Simpson's rise to recognition was featured on The 7.30 Report in December 2009. 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 record his songs with Atlantic Records' Shawn Campbell. That same month, Simpson appeared on Sunrise. On 22 June 2010, it was announced that Simpson would participate in the Camplified 2010 Tour, along with other artists, touring across the United States. The tour began on 5 July 2010 and ended on 14 August 2010. Other tours that year included a middle school tour that took place from October–November 2010 and covered 9 U.S states. An EP, 4 U was released on 21 December 2010. The EP included five tracks in total, four of them being previously unreleased. Simpson recorded a remake of the song "I Want Candy" by The Strangeloves as the main theme song for the Easter-themed live-action/CGI-animated film Hop. In May 2011, Simpson was "egged" during a live performance at Westfield Miranda in Sydney. Simpson told Australian radio show The Kyle & Jackie O Show that he was not in fact hit by the eggs, and that he was upset on behalf of his fans because the remainder of his show was cancelled because of security concerns. He then started the Waiting 4U tour with American singer Greyson Chance on 9 April in Ivins, Utah. The tour ended on 18 May 2011, in Portland, Oregon.
Coast to Coast was released on 20 September 2011 by Atlantic Records. It reached number 12 on Billboard 200 selling 24,000 copies. On 23 April 2011, Simpson released the single "On My Mind". On 5 August 2011, he performed on The Today Show. The following day, 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 22 September, it was announced that Cody Simpson hired Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, as his own. In December 2011, The Wish Factory released a Cody Simpson doll in two formats.
2012–14: Paradise, Surfers Paradise and Dancing with the StarsEdit
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.
On 4 March 2014, Simpson was announced as one of the celebrities to participate on the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars during ABC's Good Morning America. He was partnered with professional dancer Witney Carson. He was eliminated on Week 5 of the competition and finished in 9th place.
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.
Simpson's album Free was scheduled to be released on 23 June 2015 then was pushed back to 10 July. 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. The album was produced by Cisco Adler and includes songwriting collaborations with G. Love and Donavon Frankenreiter. John Mayer served as a sounding board. Cody performed his single "New Problems" on NBC's Today show on 13 July 2015. On 1 November 2015 it has been reported that Cody took a break from his long term solo career to start up a new band "Coast House Records" with his close mates Adrian Cota and Khari Mateen.
2017–present: The Tide and Wave OneEdit
In 2017, he formed a new band billed as Cody Simpson and the Tide, making their debut with the single "Waiting for the Tide." Cody and the Tide is composed of Cody Simpson on vocals and guitar, Adrian Cota on drums and Shareef "Reef" Addo on bass.
Cody and the Tide released their debut EP, entitled Wave One, in the fall of 2017. The music is a blend of pop, rock, blues, and surf-rock genres. The band used their varying influences and music tastes to create Wave One. In their four-track EP, Simpson sings of love, unity, environmentalism and ocean conservation. The EP's debut single, "Waiting for the Tide" was inspired by a poem Simpson wrote that tackled topics such as rising water levels and ocean conservation. In October, Cody and the Tide went on a short tour of southern California to perform their EP. The band released the singles "Underwater" and "Pirate's dream" in August 2018.
In 2014, he made his television debut by making a cameo in a sitcom Instant Mom. In 2015, Simpson guest starred on the American television sitcom Cougar Town, portraying Pete, a high school student. In the same year he booked a role in Nickelodeon's film One Crazy Cruise where he played the love interest of Kira Kosarin's character Ellie Jensen-Bauer and starred as himself. In late 2017, Simpson was cast in the supporting role in Bret Easton Ellis' thriller film, The Smiley Face Killers opposite actor Crispin Glover. In October 2018, he debuted on Theatre when he was cast in Broadway musical Anastasia as the lead character Dmitry.
In 2012, he was a brand ambassador of Build-A-Bear Workshop. A year later, he became a brand ambassador for Teen Cancer America. In June 2017, he was named the first United Nations Development Programme advocate for oceans. In the month of August, he was named one of Bonds brand ambassador for Home Grown campaign. He also featured in Stellar.
|2011||So Random!||Himself – Performer||Musical guest singing "All Day"|
|PrankStars||Himself||Episode, "Walk the Prank", alongside host Mitchel Musso and Zendaya|
|N.B.T (Next Big Thing)||Guest star|
|Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||Episode, "The Walker Family"|
|2012||Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures||Himself – Performer||Episode, "Epic Break-up"|
|Finding Cody||Himself||Lead role|
|Figure It Out||Contestant|
|2013||Ridiculousness||Episode "Cody Simpson", Season 3 Episode 19|
|AwesomenessTV||Episode "Zay Zay and Jo Jo's Halloween Tips", Guest Host|
|2014||Instant Mom||Episode 14: "A Kids' Choice"|
|Dancing with the Stars||Contestant on season 18|
|2015||One Crazy Cruise||Cody Simpson|
|Cougar Town||Pete||Season 6, Episode 7|
|2018-2019||Anastasia (musical)||Dmitry||Lead role|
|2019||Smiley Face Killers||Post-production|
- Studio albums
- Extended plays
- Welcome to Paradise Tour (2012)
- Paradise Tour (with Ryan Beatty, Before You Exit and Plug in Stereo) (2013–14)
- The Acoustic Sessions Tour (2014)
- Free Tour (2015)
- Coast to Coast Mall Tour (2011)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||Nickelodeon Australian Kids Choice Awards 2010||Fresh Aussie Musos||Won|
|2010||Breakthrough of the Year Awards||Breakthrough Internet Sensation||Won|
|2012||2012 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Aussie Superstar||Won|
|2013||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Aussie's Favorite Homegrown Act||Won|
|2013||Radio Disney Music Awards||Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|2013||Radio Disney Music Awards||Best Crush Song||Nominated|
|2013||Radio Disney Music Awards||Fiercest Fans||Nominated|
|2013||Young Hollywood Awards||Role Model Award||Won|
|2013||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Australia Act||Won|
|2013||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Worldwide Act||Nominated|
|2013||MTV Europe Music Awards||Artist on the Rise||Nominated|
|2014||2014 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Aussie Homegrown Act||Won|
|2014||Radio Disney Music Awards||Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|2014||Radio Disney Music Awards||Song That Makes You Smile||Nominated|
|2014||World Music Awards||World's Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music Breakout Artist||Nominated|
|2014||Oz Artist of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|2015||Huading Awards||International Male Artist||Won|
|2015||GQ Men Of The Year Awards||International Sensation||Won|
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- "Film News Roundup: Crispin Glover, Ronen Rubinstein to Star in Horror Movie 'Smiley Face Killers'". Variety. 6 October 2017.
- "Cody Simpson to Make Broadway Debut in 'Anastasia the Musical'". Billboard. 16 October 2018.
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- "Cody Simpson New Ambassador For The Who's Teen Cancer America". Samaritan Magazine. 25 June 2013.
- "Musician Cody Simpson to be named UNDP Ocean Advocate on World Oceans Day". United Nations Development Programme. 7 June 2017.
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