It's hard to believe Cody Simpson
is only 18 years old. The Australian, teen pin-up has had a career in music since he was 12 years old. But Cody's career to this point has been entirely celebrity focused. Music, it seems, has taken a backseat to teen heart throb status. He has been a pretty face, accessorized with a guitar...something his previous record company went right along with.
But 2015 has marked a dramatic artistic and professional awaking for Cody the MUSICIAN
(printed in big bold capital letters). He is finally free of his major label, he is independent, and I'm guessing he's not looking to discuss who he's dating anytime soon. Instead, Cody livens up when asked about his most recent album; the easy, breezy, batch of beach jams appropriately titled Free
. And that's precisely what we talked about when we caught up with him in the offices of his midtown publicist.
"Yeah, finally I feel like I can breathe". Just being able to say that in an interview must feel like a weight has been lifted off of the young musician's shoulders. "I don't have anyone telling me what to do. I don't want that. I want to just be able to make the stuff that makes me happy and fulfilled and feel like I'm giving people my authentic self". That self is extremely well-versed in bluesy, sun-kissed, surf rock at the moment, as we saw firsthand when Cody and his band stopped by for a Garage Gig in Austin this past spring. Playing most of Free
's 14 cuts (including singles "Flower" and "New Problem") live for the first time, it's a show that beautifully demonstrates Cody's contagious crop of guitar-driven beach rock. With one hand (let's call it the right hand) swinging to the soulful rhythm of Jack Johnson's acoustic folk and the other (that would be the left) skillfully noodling about the neck like a young John Mayer, it is an addictive performance. At the end of it, no one in attendance was talking about how cute he was on stage...just how exquisite his songs were.
Cody Simpson Plays The Baeblemusic Day Party
So Cody's reached a (much needed) turning point in his career. He's no longer thinking about, "getting signed really young, being 15 and feeling like you need to have a certain level of success so quick(ly)...some teen heart throb overnight success thing." Instead, he can "shed that skin and be like, 'I don't need anything as long as I can play my music'". We have a feeling that's what Cody will be able to do for a long time to come.
Snag yourself a copy of Free HERE
. It's really good!