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Jan 22, 2014

Wed 7:30 PM

600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

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"My new album Surfers Paradise is the first time that I've really known from the get-go exactly how I wanted the music to sound," says Cody Simpson. "I wanted to show the world how I'm evolving and that I've really discovered who I am as an artist." Surfers Paradise picks up where Cody's previous 2012 debut full-length Paradise, left off, telling the story of how this talented teenage singer, songwriter, and musician, now 16, traded the sunny shores of his native Queensland, Australia, for the sunny shores of Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being performer. "Surfers Paradise is basically the most famous area on the Gold Coast of Australia, where I am from," Cody explains. "I think this album really represents that piece of me and my lifestyle there. Making Paradise felt like a journey to find myself as a young adult and artist. With 'Surfers Paradise' the entire process felt more natural, like being back home. I wanted to share that feeling with my fans." Cody co-wrote every song on Surfers Paradise, which brims with a mix of summery, upbeat and mellow pop tracks like "La Da Dee", "Imma Be Cool" (featuring rapper Asher Roth), "Love (featuring Ziggy Marley) and the first single "Pretty Brown Eyes" — Cody's fresh, new take on girls with brown eyes, like a "Brown-Eyed Girl" for 2013. Hailed by Billboard as a "happy-go-lucky summer anthem," the song is a Radio Disney favorite, while the video, directed by Cameron Duddy (Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, P!nk), is a YouTube sensation, earning nearly four million views and climbing. Surfers Paradise also shows how Cody has matured as an artist with reflective, acoustic guitar-driven tunes like "Awake All Night," (which Cody wrote, produced, and performed himself), "Sinkin' In," "Rainy Day," and the yearning, nostalgic "Summertime of Our Lives," which Cody says is one of his favorites. Several songs have a distinct reggae vibe, like "Love" and "No Ceiling," the latter featuring guest vocals by Ziggy Marley, Bob's son and a beloved artist in his own right. "To have Ziggy on there is just insane," Cody says. "It's an honor to work with Ziggy, I have a deep respect for his music and the music his father gave to us." "I am 100 percent confident in this album," Cody says. "I feel like the title, the sound, and the music all go really well together and represent exactly who I am." Music has played an integral part in Cody's life since he was a child. Watching his dad sing and play guitar for friends and family at parties and backyard barbecues taught him the power that music has to bring people together. Inspired, he asked for his own guitar and began taking lessons at the age of seven. After learning 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 some of his favorite artists like Justin Timberlake, Jason Mraz, and Jack Johnson, racking up millions of views. In April 2010, Cody released his debut single, "iYiYi" (featuring Flo Rida) and began to win over U.S. fans with a series of dynamic live performances including 2010. Cody and his family soon relocated to Los Angeles. Atlantic released his debut EP, 4 U, in December, which spawned the No. 1 Radio Disney hit "All Day." In September 2011, Simpson made a stunning chart debut with Coast to Coast, which entered Billboard's album chart at No. 12 and earned Cody his second Radio Disney No. 1, "On My Mind." 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 18 million views. Cody currently has nearly 5 million Twitter followers and nearly five million Facebook likes, in addition to 150 million YouTube views on his official channel, Cody Simpson Music. Cody has made a host of high-profile TV appearances, including The Today Show, Live! with Kelly, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures, So Random, The Early Show, and The 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. He 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 "Awesome Aussie," "Aussie Muso," and the prestigious "Super Fresh." Cody showcased his latest tracks "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "Awake All Night" as part of a stellar live appearance at the 2013 Radio Disney Music Awards. Cody has also been profiled in a range of national publications, while also receiving extensive TV coverage including E! News and Access Hollywood. He starred in the 2012 original film, Finding Cody. Presented by Warner Music Group's original YouTube Channel "The Warner Sound," Finding Cody made history as the first interactive YouTube movie featuring a major musical artist. In addition, Cody, a natural and charismatic performer, has toured nearly non-stop, including his sold-out "Welcome to Paradise" headline tour, co-headline tours with Big Time Rush, and appearances at such events as the White House Easter Egg Roll and the Arthur Ashe Kids Day festivities at the U.S. Open. Cody's 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. In 2012, Cody launched his first-ever European headlining tour and hit the road as support for Justin Bieber's U.S. and European Believe Tour, playing to crowds of 20,000. "It was a great experience for me. I was really motivated to make my show even better by watching what Justin and his team were doing on the Believe Tour," Cody says. "I had to prove myself on his tour. My goal was to go out there every night, get people up on their feet, and turn everyone in that arena into a fan of mine." Cody recently kicked off his Paradise Tour, which visits 36 cities in North America. In October, HarperCollins will publish Cody's official autobiography Welcome To Paradise: My Journey, which will feature never-before-seen photos and exclusive details about Cody's life on and off stage, including his early years as a competitive swimmer. "I really wanted to tell my story in my own words and share my experiences," Cody says. "Everything I do, whether it's the music, the live shows, and now the book, is about letting the fans get to know me better. I want them to feel as if we're mates."

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21.25 to 149.50

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Cody Simpson: Cody Simpson is the latest fresh faced teen to hit the pop scene in the wake of Justin Bieber. Like Bieber, this 14 year-old Australian sensation started out posting videos of himself singing and playing cover songs from popular artists, alongside some of his own original creations. Like Bieber, Cody Simpson was discovered on YouTube and flown out to Los Angeles to discover his musical potential. Like Bieber, Simpson's boyish good looks and feathered hair are already turning him into a teen heartthrob. Unlike Bieber, all this is happening for Simpson without having released a single full-length album or concert schedule, and he's already slated to perform a tour date in 2011 with Bieber's girlfriend Selena Gomez at the Wang Tango concert in Los Angeles. Cody Simpson's career may be on the rise in the shadow of Justin Bieber, but he's all set to give Bieber a run for his money. In addition to a tour date at the 2011 Wango Tango concert on May 14, Cody Simpson has just added more 2011 tour dates in the US to his concert schedule.

Cody Simpson's story began like many exciting stories do: On summer break. In the summer of 2009, still fantasizing about record contracts and sold-out tour dates, Simpson began recording performances of hit songs, including "I'm Your's" by Jason Mraz and "Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake. He also posted videos of original songs "One" and "Perfect" before being discovered by record producer Shawn Campbell. Simpson's first single, "iYiYi" was released on May 15, 2010, and features Flo Rida. After being signed to Atlantic Records, Cody Simpson moved to Los Angeles in June of 2010 to begin recording. Just a month after recording began, Simpson toured on his first concert schedule on the Camplified 2010 Tour, which played shows at various summer camps. After heading back to Los Angeles to record, Simpson's first EP, 4 U, released on December 21, 2010, shortly after the completion of a national middle school tour. Cody hassle also recorded a cover of The Strangeloves' "I Want Candy" for the 2011 film Hop.

With the recent success of his EP, Cody Simpson is showing up on YouTube more and more; only this time, it's his fans that are making the videos about how much they love him. The adoration has built since Cody Simpson finished his recent 2011 tour dates with Greyson Chance. Simpson is currently playing tour dates on a mall tour of Australia, with additional US tour dates added to his concert schedule. Beginning on June 4, Cody Simpson will play a few tour dates at minor league baseball stadiums along the east coast. There are only four tour dates, ending at Toyota Park in Chicago on June 11. Fans hoping to attend these Simpson tour dates in 2011 -- and catch a ball game -- will have to act fast, as they are rapidly approaching. With the tremendous accomplishments Cody Simpson has achieved in such a short time, fans can look forward to even more great things from this Queensland sensation.

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