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    Charlie Simpson

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    Genre:Indie, Ethnic/Folk, Alternative, Rock
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    1Bullet lyrics
    2Please Let Me Go lyrics
    3Sundown lyrics
    4Hold On lyrics
    Farmer & His Gun lyrics
    All At Once lyrics
    7Lost lyrics
    8Carry Her lyrics
    9Thorns lyrics
    10Riverbanks lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1When We Were Lions [2010]
    2Young Pilgrim [2011]
    3Long Road Home [2011]


    Charles Robert Simpson is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was the youngest member of multi BRIT Award-winning band Busted, and is the lead vocalist, guitarist and co-lyricist in alternative rock band Fightstar. Simpson is a multi-instrumentalist, skilled at playing the guitar, keyboard, piano and drums. Following three successful studio albums and subsequent tours, Fightstar initiated an extended hiatus in 2010, allowing Simpson to focus on his solo career. Working with the fan funding platform Pledge Music, Simpson released his debut EP When We Were Lions on Christmas day 2010. His debut full-length album entitled Young Pilgrim was released on 15 August 2011.

    Charlie Simpson was born on 7 June 1985 in Woodbridge, Suffolk. He attended Uppingham School. He has two older brothers, Will and Edd — Will was born in 1980 and is the vocalist and guitarist in Brigade and Edd was born in 1981 and is the lead singer and guitarist in an alternative band called Union Sound Set. Simpson has a very musical family dating back to Sir William Sterndale Bennett (mother's maiden name) who was a British pianist, conductor, and composer, a notable figure in the musical life of his time.

    Charlie first shot to fame with pop act Busted as a result to responding to an advertisement placed by Matt Willis and James Bourne in NME magazine in 2001. Busted consisted of Charlie on lead guitar and occasionally drums, Willis on bass guitar and Bourne on rhythm guitar, with all three providing vocals. Over a short period of two years, the trio had major success and sold over 3 million records, won two BRIT Awards, and also won Record of The Year in 2004.

    However, Simpson was growing increasingly discontent with the pop star lifestyle and the music he was performing. As an avid fan of rock music, he felt unfulfilled by the commercial pop songs of Busted. He had met Alex Westway in late 2003 and Fightstar were formed shortly afterwards. For over a year he would lead a secret "double life", as by night he would attend rehearsal sessions with his new band after completing obligated media work and concert performances with Busted. During 2004, he and Westaway wrote Fightstar's debut EP, They Liked You Better When You Were Dead, a post-hardcore record, that differed greatly to the music of Busted. The EP was recorded during November with Mark Williams in London. During this time, speculation began to grow about the frontman's future, and he finally announced he was leaving Busted to pursue his career full time with Fightstar in January 2005. Initially the band were faced with much scepticism during their emergence, due to Simpson's pop background. However, they began to receive positive reactions to early live shows and upon release, their debut EP was a critical success.

    Simpson then funded and put together a compilation album called The Suffolk Explosion, which was released through his own label Sandwich Leg Records. It showcased a number of unsigned bands from Charlie's home county of Suffolk, including Brigade and Prego, as well as a solo acoustic track written by him called 'Carry Her'. Fightstar went on to record their debut full-length studio album with renowned rock producer, Colin Richardson. Grand Unification was released on March 13, 2006 and further proved the initial cynics wrong by receiving widespread positive reviews. Shortly afterwards the band went on to receive nominations at the Kerrang! Awards for "Best British Newcomer" and "Best British Band". After leaving Island Records due to a disagreement over the bands artistic direction, the band signed to an independent label called Institute Records which was a division of Gut Records to release their second album. One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours (2007), peaked at #27 on the UK Album Chart, before releasing a b-sides compilation album titled, Alternate Endings (2008). The four-piece then funded and co-produced third album, Be Human (2009), which became their highest charting album after peaking at #20 in the UK.

    On the 29 July 2009, Charlie made a Myspace page for his acoustic solo work. Fightstar announced a hiatus at the beginning of 2010, stating that they were "taking some time off" for the remainder of 2010–11 to work on separate projects before regrouping in 2012 to begin working a new record.

    Simpson went in to the studio in June 2010 to start recording his full-length debut album with producer Danton Supple, whose previous work includes Coldplay and The Cure. The album was funded through Pledge Music and as one of the main incentives for the campaign, fans received an EP called When We Were Lions on Christmas day 2010. The full-length album was finally finished in February 2011 and was mastered by John Davis at Metropolis Studios in London. The first single to be to be taken from the album is called "Down Down Down" and it had its first radio airplay on 11 April, as Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton's Record Of The Week. The single was officially released on 16 May, though it was made available to buy on iTunes straight away. The album is titled Young Pilgrim and was released on the 15th August 2011. The second single from the album is called Parachutes and was released on 7 August 2011.

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