Cody Simpson – Coast To Coast

Cody Simpson began posting YouTube videos of himself at age 12 performing covers of songs by artists who inspired him, including Justin Timberlake, Jason Mraz, and The Jacksons. Cody’s YouTube Channel, active since August 2008, now boasts nearly 70 million views and more than 250,000 subscribers.

Cody Simpson - Coast to CoastAs a kid growing up on Australia’s sun-drenched Gold Coast, Cody Simpson used to watch his father play guitar and sing for friends and family at parties and backyard barbecues. Seeing how music brought people together, Cody asked for his own guitar and lessons at the age of seven. After learning a few chords from his teacher, Cody wrote his first song.

Cody’s parents encouraged him to keep singing and practicing his guitar. By age 12, he began posting YouTube videos of himself performing covers of songs by artists who inspired him, including Justin Timberlake, Jason Mraz, and The Jacksons. Search for Cody on YouTube and there he is: An appealing blonde 12-year-old accompanying himself on guitar while knocking out stellar covers of “Cry Me A River,” “I’m Yours,” and “I Want You Back.” Cody’s YouTube Channel, which has been active since August 2008, now boasts over 80 million views and has more than 300,000 subscribers. Furthermore, Cody currently has 1.7 million fans on Facebook and 1.3 million followers on Twitter.

In 2009, Cody received a message through his YouTube Channel from songwriter and producer Shawn Campbell (Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Ciara) expressing interest in meeting him. Cody and his father flew to the U.S. to meet Campbell and write and record some tracks. In April 2010, Cody signed with Atlantic Records, which released his irresistible rhythmic pop single “iYiYi” featuring Flo Rida. “Flo and I worked with some amazing people including Colby O’Donis, Bei Major and DJ FrankE on my debut single” Cody says. “We came up with something really catchy. And 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?”

This past December Cody released “4U” highlighted by the rhythmic pop singles “All Day” and “iYiYi” featuring Flo Rida. In May, Cody released his latest single, “On My Mind” which skyrocketed to #1 on Radio Disney and is now charting in the Top 40 at pop radio. Cody was a featured performer at the 2010 Australian Kids’ Choice Awards and has appeared on the Today Show, Disney’s So Random, and at the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day. He is slated to perform on the Ellen Degeneres Show on September 27th as well as the 2011 Australian Kids Choice Awards on October 7th where he is nominated for three awards. In addition, Cody is also set to appear on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures. Recently Cody wrapped up a nationwide co-headlining tour alongside Greyson Chance and is currently on a ten city “Coast To Coast” mall tour with over 3,000 fans in attendance at each show. His “Coast to Coast” EP will arrive everywhere on September 20th.


Track Listing

  1. Good As It Gets
  2. Crazy But True
  3. On My Mind
  4. Not Just You
  5. All Day
  6. Angel

Watch Cody Simpson – Not Just You


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