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With nearly 2 million Twitter followers, 2.5 million Facebook likes and over 114 million YouTube views, Cody Simpson is quickly shaping up as a true pop phenomenon. The Queensland, Australia-born singer/songwriter is now poised to ascend even higher. The release of his hugely anticipated new EP, “COAST TO COAST,” recently debuted TOP 15 on the Billboard 200 and features the Top 40 smash, “On My Mind,” as well as the classic heartbreak ballad, “Not Just You.”
Music played an integral part in Simpson’s 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. Simpson’s YouTube Channel quickly created a worldwide commotion, receiving millions upon millions of views following its August 2008 debut. Among those drawn to Cody’s extraordinary talent was a U.S. based music producer, who reached out to the gifted young performer expressing interest in meeting him. Simpson and his family soon flew to the U.S. to meet with him, collaborating on a number of tracks.
In April 2010, Simpson signed with Atlantic Records, which then released his irresistible debut single, “iYiYi (Feat. Flo Rida).” “Flo and I worked with some amazing people,” says Simpson, “including Colby O’Donis, Bei Major and DJ FrankE. We came up with something really catchy. 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?”
Now relocated to Los Angeles, Simpson soon began winning over U.S. fans with a series of live performances, including 2010’s Campified tour of over 30 different summer camps across the country. Cody’s 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 Disney’s “Top 30 Countdown.”
“On My Mind,” the first single from “COAST TO COAST,” followed in May and proved to be Cody’s breakthrough U.S. hit. The track skyrocketed to #1 at Radio Disney while also hitting the Top 40 at Pop radio outlets nationwide. In addition, the “On My Mind” companion video – directed by Travis Kopach (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls) – turned out to be a certified YouTube smash with over 12.5 million views and counting.
A truly charming and charismatic live performer, Simpson continued to tour nearly non-stop, including a sold out co-headline tour with Greyson Chance, shows alongside Miranda Cosgrove, and appearances at such events as the Arthur Ashe Kids Day festivities at the 2011 U.S. Open. Cody’s own “Coast To Coast Tour” of U.S. malls – presented by Pastry and co-sponsored by Claire’s and Defeat The Label – drew huge crowds everywhere it went, 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 an array of high profile TV appearances, including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Live! with Kelly, 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 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 profiled in a range of national publications, while also receiving extensive TV coverage including E! News and Access Hollywood.
When singer, songwriter, and musician Avril Lavigne first burst upon the music scene at age 17, she was known as a young, pop-punk tomboy who refused to resort to skin-baring come-ons, preferring to entice the record-buying public with her powerhouse voice, high-spirited melodies, and straight-talking lyrics. Staying steadfastly true to herself and putting music before image paid off both critically and commercially for the Canadian-born artist. In 2002, Lavigne shot to global pop stardom with the 6x-platinum Let Go, followed by 2004’s 3x-platinum Under My Skin, and 2007’s platinum The Best Damn Thing. Over the course of her three albums, Lavigne scored a string of international hit singles: “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” “I’m With You,” “Losing Grip,” “Don’t Tell Me,” “My Happy Ending,” “Nobody’s Home,” “Keep Holding On,” “Girlfriend,” “When You’re Gone,” “Hot,” and “The Best Damn Thing.” She earned eight Grammy Award nominations, won seven Canadian Juno Awards, and sold more than 30 million albums and nearly 20 million tracks worldwide over the past eight years.
Lavigne also launched a second career as an entrepreneur by creating a well-received fashion and lifestyle brand (Abbey Dawn), two fragrances (Black Star and Forbidden Rose), branched out into film work (Over the Hedge, Fast Food Nation), and further committed herself to the philanthropic activities she’s participated in over the years by establishing The Avril Lavigne Foundation, which works in partnership with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness, and mobilize support for children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities.
With her multiple creative endeavors and impressive musical success, it’s worth pointing out that Avril Lavigne is all of 26. She may be young by veteran performer standards, but she has evolved as a person and as an artist since releasing The Best Damn Thing. Lavigne brings the maturity and insight she’s gained from her experiences to her next labor of love, her fourth album, Goodbye Lullaby, which will be released by RCA Records in March 2011.
“I pushed myself and didn’t hold back,” Lavigne says of Goodbye Lullaby for which she wrote or co-wrote every song, and wrote and produced two — “4 Real” and “Goodbye” — entirely on her own. “I allowed myself to be vulnerable. I think it’s during the real moments that people can relate the most. Those who have heard the album have had very strong emotional reactions to the songs, so I realized that when something is so real, it will probably touch somebody. The beauty of music is that it’s open to interpretation.”
Written at various stages over the past few years, Goodbye Lullaby is filled with appealingly relatable, heartfelt songs that convey a variety of emotions and reflect a bittersweet mood not generally associated with Lavigne’s best-known tunes. Except for the anthemic first single, the irresistibly feisty “What The Hell” and “Smile,” which create a perfect bridge from her previous work, the remainder of Goodbye Lullaby finds Lavigne exploring what it means to push through the tough times and emerge stronger for it — a theme apparent on songs like “Everybody Hurts,” “Push,” “Remember When,” and “Wish You Were Here.”
“Overall, the album is about how we all go through difficult experiences, whether it’s ending a relationship, losing a job, or just missing someone,” Lavigne says. “We get through it and we grow.” Nowhere is this feeling better expressed than on “Goodbye,” a delicate piano-and-string ballad that closes out the album. “’Goodbye’ is the most raw and vulnerable track I’ve ever written and recorded in my career,” Lavigne says. “It’s a very special song because I wrote and produced it myself. It’s so real and truthful. You can’t fake that.”
Goodbye Lullaby’s intensity is balanced out by its instrumentation: bright, rich textures of acoustic guitar and piano, as well as an orchestra on “Darlin’,” “Remember When,” and “Goodbye.” Through it all, from the upbeat pop tracks to the mellower ballads, Lavigne’s voice is front and center, summoning up and soaring easily through the emotion that her lyrics require.
“This album is all about me being a singer, a songwriter, and a musician,” Lavigne says. “Typically the lead vocal gets buried in the track and you can’t always hear the quality, character, or emotion after a certain point. I wanted my voice to be the main instrument. It forced me to really throw myself out there. I still love rocking out, but I wanted this record to show a different side. That’s why I produced some of the songs myself, which I never thought I’d do.”
For the rest of the album’s tracks, Lavigne turned to her longtime friends and collaborators Evan Taubenfeld and Butch Walker, as well as Max Martin. Another important influence was Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, who lends his production skills to several tracks, including “Darlin’,” — a song Lavigne wrote at the age of 14. “Whenever I hear ‘Darlin,’ I think of the family room I wrote it in and playing it for my mom,” she says. “So it’s really special for me to have it on the album.”
A small-town girl from Napanee, Ontario, Lavigne had already been writing, singing, and performing for a few years before releasing her breakthrough album, Let Go, which featured the smash singles “Complicated” and “Sk8r Boi” and sold more than 16 million units worldwide. Her second album, 2004’s Under My Skin, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, and sold more than eight million copies worldwide fueled by the hit singles “Don’t Tell Me” and “My Happy Ending.” Four years later came The Best Damn Thing, which featured the No. 1 single “Girlfriend.” Lavigne’s biggest record to date, “Girlfriend” was the top digital track of 2007, selling more than 7.3 million downloads in eight languages. The Best Damn Thing included the epic ballad “Keep Holding On,” which Lavigne wrote at the request of 20th Century Fox for the studio’s fantasy/adventure film Eragon. Lavigne’s songs have also graced the soundtracks of such feature films as Sweet Home Alabama, Bruce Almighty, Legally Blonde 2, The Princess Diaries 2, and The House Bunny.
In 2010, Lavigne wrote “Alice” for Tim Burton’s film fantasy Alice in Wonderland, which was included on the compilation album Almost Alice, released in March. The video for “Alice,” directed by David Meyers, depicts Lavigne’s own adventure down the rabbit hole. She also brought her fashion brand into the mix, designing “Alice in Wonderland” pieces for Abbey Dawn that were sold in stores in connection with the film’s release.
AnnaSophia will be introducing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” on July 13th at the Denver Pavilions in honor of ThereWithCare. She will also be attending and signing autographs at the ThereWithCare fundraising dinner in Boulder Sunday July 17th. Purchase tickets to both events by going to www.therewithcare.org
There With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. TWC serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.
This web site is mostly about my film career, projects I have been involved in and projects I am working on. It also contains information about things I am interested in that affect all of us. Check out the Changing the World section.
I started in film when I was nine years old. Before nine I had led a fairly normal life involved in school plays, doing gymnastics, and having fun with friends and family.
Ever since I can remember I have wanted to act, when I was about eight I asked my parents if I could get an agent to help me find work. We found a local talent agency in Denver called Big Fish Talent Agency. I started to book work with them; doing some news paper press and small commercials. I also joined an acting class run by Su Coffey, called Hollywood Showcase Denver. At the end of this fairly intensive 6 week acting course a group of invited agents and managers from Los Angeles came out to do a final work shop with us. They also came to scout for talent they’d be interested in representing in LA. That’s how it all started for me. I was scouted by Mitchell Gosset, my first agent, and my first manager, Harriet Greenspan.
About three weeks later I turned my parents’ lives upside down as we ventured out to LA to experience our first pilot season; that’s the time of year in LA when lots of auditions are happening for T.V and film. We did home schooling in the morning and auditions in the afternoons. The first LA job that I ever booked was a McDonalds commercial. I’ve never been so excited in my life!
The second time out my very first audition was for a movie call Because of Winn Dixie. Three months, three auditions and one screen test later I booked my first staring role in a major motion picture.
Since then I have been so blessed with many wonderful roles and experiences. I have met and worked with some truly amazing people and have travelled all over North America, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
As you travel through my web site you will see many of the people, films and places I have experienced.
At just 14 years-old, Greyson Chance has accomplished more than many musicians can hope for in their careers; two successful North American tours, performing at the White House, national television appearances on “Good Morning America,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “CBS Early Show,” and, most recently, the release of his debut album Hold On ‘Til The Night from eleveneleven/Maverick/Streamline/Geffen.
Much of Chance’s celebrity began with a fortuitous YouTube post of a performance by the stage-ready 6th grader for his fellow students of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” but the whirlwind of expsoure and international opportunities that ensued for this Edmond, Oklahoma native have been such that can only be earned by his sheer talent: “Chance’s gripping falsetto and seasoned vocal style bellie his age…” (US Weekly).
Now, with a critically-acclaimed debut album, which boasts a debut single “Waiting Outside the Lines,” that sold over 160 thousand copies to date and was the #1 physical single in the country for four straight weeks; topping media lists for young talent to keep an eye on; and a recent stint acting on the hit primetime FOX Television show Raising Hope, which he hopes to parlay into exploring acting further, Chance has become a household name.
The now infamous performance of “Paparazzi” in April 2010 went on to become YouTube’s #3 most popular video of 2010 and has received nearly 45 million views to date. Catching the eye of a producer at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” led to Chance’s first guest appearance and a fateful return a week later, where DeGeneres announced that she had signed Greyson as the first artist on her newly formed label, eleveneleven. The rest – as they say – is history. Chance has now appeared on “Ellen” eight times, which includes debuts of his singles “Waiting Outside the Lines” and “Unfriend You;” toured North America with fellow teens iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove, pop star Cody Simpson and Big Time Rush; and most recently, performed for the Campaign for Human Rights with President Obama in attendance in November and at Variety’s Power of Youth benefit. Chance will be honored in Pop Star Magazine’s ’12 in 12’ issue in January 2012.
Of his live performance, The Washington Post says “catching Chance [perform] at this stage in his career is akin to watching a thoroughbred of impeccable breeding gallop as a yearling. He doesn’t have his legs under him yet, and stumbles are possible, but the raw materials are such that it’s hard to bet against him running with the big boys in a few years.”
“Without Ellen, none of this would have happened. She’s been so supportive of me and my music from the very beginning, and has also become an amazing friend!” says Chance.
The release of his debut Hold On ‘Til The Night was recorded in Los Angeles with famed producers such as The Matrix (Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, Jason Mraz, Britney Spears) and Billy Steinberg (Enrique Iglesias, Katherine McPhee, Miranda Cosgrove). Unlike many teen artists, Chance took on much of the writing: “Writing and recording this album has been such a fun and exciting journey!” said Chance. “I’ve put so much hard work into it and I am so glad to have music out there for my fans. It’s about overcoming fears but always powering through, and I think it’s a message my fans really relate to.” Entertainment Weekly says, “Chance reveals a surprisingly mature voice.”
The album, which Rolling Stone magazine called a “potential blockbuster of a debut,” not only showcases Chance’s talents as a songwriter, vocalist and piano player but also his wide range of influences. From the empowerment ballad “Waiting Outside the Lines” to the light-hearted up tempo “Little London Girl,” Hold On ‘Til The Night takes the listener on a journey of teenage love and heartbreak complete with undeniably catchy hooks and Chance’s signature powerful vocals.
“This prodigy makes an impressive debut that owes as much to Coldplay as Bieber,” said People Magazine.
Looking forward to more exciting projects for fans in 2012, Chance is currently in the studio working on writing and recording more music and plans to make more television appearances.
For more information on Greyson visit www.greyson-official.com.