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With over 4.9 million Twitter followers and 4.8 million Facebook likes – not to mention over 144 million YouTube views – it’s clear that the world wants a lot more of Cody Simpson. Now, with his recently released 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 – he’s a distinctive and original artist with his own lane.
“That’s so hard to do in pop music, which is why I took my time,” says Simpson. “When people listen to it, they’ll really hear me. They’ll be able to say ‘That’s Cody Simpson. That’s 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 didn’t really have enough to say,” Simpson explains, “but I’ve learned so much recently. I’ve grown up a bit. Having traveled the world I feel like I have a lot more to write about.”
Cody has also made a remarkable array of high profile TV appearances, including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Live! with Kelly, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 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 Nickelodeon’s 2012 Kids Choice Awards where he presented and took home the award for “Favorite Aussie Star,” and 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 also profiled in a range of national publications, while also receiving extensive TV coverage including E! News and Access Hollywood.
“My music is way above everything else right now except maybe school,” he says. “I’m really focused on being the best artist and performer I can right now. Definitely, in the future, I’m interested in acting and fashion, but right now I’m taking it one step at a time. I don’t want to rush things.”
Cody Simpson has proved himself as a major recording artist and has become a unique new voice in modern pop music. He recently wrapped his first European tour with Justin Bieber and will be announcing a Spring headline tour shortly.
“There’s so much going on right now,” he says, “it’s just a crazy whirlwind. I’m super-excited and I’m definitely ready for it.”