June 10, 2010

The Next Justin Bieber: Cody Simpson

Posted by at 7:16 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

Cody_Simpson_130 UPDATE!! We have a new video of Cody performing “iYiYi” just for you!

OK, even though I’m an adult, I do kind of understand the appeal of Justin Bieber, but to be totally honest, I think Cody Simpson is even better. This 13-year-old was just a regular kid in Australia putting videos of himself singing on YouTube when he got discovered, flew to the U.S. and recorded his debut album. I’m completely addicted to the first single “iYiYi” right now. Scholastic got to interview him and get the inside scoop on this new cutie.

Q: The first song that you ever wrote was about putting a diaper on a chicken. How did you come up with that?
Oh, yeah, that’s my first song. I learned two chords on the guitar so I played it with that and I really don’t know why I wrote it about that. Just about putting diapers on chickens, changing their diapers. That’s what my seven-year-old brain was thinking. Now I look back at it now and I’m like, “Wow.”

Q: How did you get the idea to start putting your songs on YouTube?
Well, I did a concert. I performed “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz with a girl and she wanted me to put it on the YouTube so that was my very first video. And then a few people started liking it so I put on more covers of artists that inspired me like Justin Timberlake and Jason Mraz. And then more people started liking it so that’s when I got a call from a producer named Sean Campbell. He produced artists like Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, Jay Z. And he wanted to come over and record a few songs. He introduced me to a manager named Lou Williams who shopped me around to labels at Atlantic records, and now I’m releasing my first single “iYiYi.” I never really thought things would happen. It all just sort of happened real quick.

Cody_Simpson Q: What do your friends at school think about your new-found stardom?
Oh they’re really excited for me. They’ve been supporting me as well as my family. I feel really grateful to have such supportive people around me.

Q: Do any girls have crushes on you?
Yeah, sometimes. [laughs]

Q: What’s the best song ever recorded?
It would definitely have to be all the Michael Jackson songs. I think he’s really inspiring. He’s inspired a lot of people and he’s really changed the world of music.

Q: Who are you listening to now besides working on your own music?
I love listening to Jason Derulo right now. I think he has an amazing album so I’d love to meet him one day.

Q: What’s your favorite subject in school?
Probably English because that really helps me with my songwriting.

Q: Besides the chicken and the diaper song, when did you start writing real song lyrics?
When I was about eleven or twelve that’s when I wrote my first real song called “Ride My Roller Coaster” and my parents and family thought it was really good so that’s when my songwriting really started from there.

Q: When you’re writing a song does the music come to you first or the lyrics?
I don’t think it really matters. If something just comes to my head, I’ll write it down and if it’s a melody I’ll put lyrics to it. If it’s a few lyrics I’ll write the song from there. Sometimes I’ll have a chord progression on my guitar and I’ll use that as a basis for writing my song.

Q: What’s the most important thing that you want your fans to know about you?
I’d like them to know thank you for supporting me. I really appreciate it.

Q: What’s the best part about growing up in Australia?
It’s a great place to grow up where I live on the Gold Coast. There’s nice beaches. And I love to surf so it was perfect to me to be there. I used to go surfing all the time and hang out with friends and all that stuff.

Q: What’s been the biggest challenge for you?
We’re moving with my family to L.A. That’s hard because we’re gonna miss our family in Australia and my friends as well.

Q: If you could do something to make the world a better place, what would it be?
To end poverty. Actually, if I become successful I really want to help the world with that.

Cute or what? What do you think? Let me know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Interviewed by Marie Morreale
Photos courtesy Atlantic Records

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  1. Emily!!!!!!!

    Cody! I am your biggest fan but (no offence) I dont think you look much like Justin Bieber, but you are still pretty cute! I wish I could meet you!!!!!!

  2. faithgwen1

    Wow cody is so much better than justin Bieber, who can be a bit of a snob. Baby baby ewww! Anyways Cody looks cute.

  3. Melissa

    Well…. um… srry to say this but I think Justin Bieber is way better than him. No offence though. Justin is WAY cuter. He’s like my idol! lol. Im just a more bigger fan of JB. Srry.

  4. cat78956

    Cody is cuter…and he sings better than Justin Bieber. While my friends are obsessed with JB I’ll be obsessed with Cody Simpson.

  5. IronFullback40

    To be honest with you i’m not into Justin Bieber so i’ll probably fall asleep with this too.

  6. Emma

    Okay, I take back my take back, I’m torn between Greyson Chance and Cody Simpson. Why do they have to both be so amazing? 143 Cody and Greyson! As for Justin Bieber, I just like his music.

  7. annabethfan

    Well. thank you for sharing it. I’m not a Justin Bieber fan. [ sorry fans.] But he is just so out of season. I might Listen to this Cody guy.

  8. GAIL

    Cody is only 13. He has amazing talent for that age. Why do people compare him to Justin ? thats 4yrs away. imagine what Cody will sound like then

  9. Emma

    Hm… I take that back, he sounds a little less like a girl compared to Justin Bieber. Greyson Chance is better than both of them though! =D

  10. Emma

    OoOoO! He’s pretty cute. Just listened to the song! I LOVE it! I need to buy it on iTunes now! Lovin’ the accent. You can actually tell that he’s a guy, not a girl. LOL!
    @Jocelyn: No, he’s not the next Justin Bieber, he’s better. =D Justin Bieber is a good singer, the looks are… eh. Greyson Chance though, tops both of these guys!