Concert Series: Cody Simpson Paradise Tour

Cody Simpson’s Paradise Tour made a stop in Phoenix on July 12 at Celebrity Theater. The Paradise tour marks the Australian pop star’s first headlining concert. With two great opening acts and Simpson himself the night was full of pop music, dance moves and of course beach life references.

The show started off with Orlando natives Before You Exit. The band consists of brothers Conner, Riley and Toby McDonough. Their live performances also include guitar player Braiden Wood and drummer Thomas Silvers.

They were full of energy as the jumped around the stage and played four of their songs from their current “I Like That – EP.” For just an acoustic set they had amazing energy and the chemistry between the brothers was awesome.

The band looked completely comfortable on stage and they radiated excitement. I was sad to see them leave the stage. I felt they were a great way to start the show.

Next YouTube star Ryan Beatty took the stage. It’s safe to say that there were a handful of Beatty fans in the crowd judging by the loud welcome and sing-a-longs he received.

Beatty’s performance brought a more soulful approach. His voice is very versatile. He went from a pure pop song to a song with a reggae feel without any hesitation and as an audience member, I did not question the decision. He is simply one of those singers with a unique voice that lets him experiment with different sounds.

His set was more mellow than the act before him but his soulful voice made up for it. Beatty along with Before You Exit are acts that I would keep my eye on. They are rising stars in the making.

Simpson’s show built up a great entrance with fun behind the scene clips showing Simpson getting ready for the show. Right before Simpson took the stage the screens showed footage of peaceful beaches to create the vibe that matches many of Simpson’s songs.

The set list included song of Simpson’s old songs from his two previous EP’s, songs from his debut album “Paradise” and new songs from his upcoming sophomore album “Surfers Paradise” out on July 16.

Simpson gave a great performance and has really grown into his craft. He looks completely comfortable on stage and has mastered both singing and dancing together without missing a beat.

The best part is he hasn’t lost himself. Simpson has created his own trademark in his beach look and sound. That is something that I haven’t seen in an artists in a long time and something that makes Simpson stand out among his fellow artists.

The Paradise tour was entertaining and exceeded my expectations. Crowds were entertained from the very beginning and the energy only grew from there. Cody Simpson has really grown into a very posed and talented artist and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings for him.

If you have a chance to see the Paradise Tour, I highly recommend that you do. It’s a great show with talented young artists. You can find the remaining dates on Simpson’s website.

Below I have made a playlist that will help you get ready for the Paradise tour.



Song of the Week 5/7/13

Can you believe it’s Tuesday again. You all know what that means…it’s time to crown a new Song of the Week. This week’s winner is a new group of brothers from Orlando, Florida. Before You Exit is complied of McDonough brothers Connor, Riley and Toby. They have been making music since 2007. You may have seen them in concert, as they have been a supporting acts on numerous tours, such as All Time Low’s Dirty Work Tour in 2011, Allstar Weekend’s All the Way Tour in 2011 and Action Item’s Resolution Tour earlier this year. The band is currently supporting on the North American leg of Olly Murs’ Right Place Right Time Tour. The band will also join Cody Simpson on his Paradise Tour that starts at the end of the month.

Before You Exit’s single “I Like That” is this week’s winner. The song talks about a boy who likes a girl who can’t see her own beauty. The song contains a great beat and guitar riff. The song comes from the band’s EP entitled “I Like That EP” and it is available for download now. The entire EP is filled with wonderfully written songs of all kinds that really show off Riley’s strong lead vocals and the band’s great harmony’s. For all the latest news on the band stay turned to their website.

So sit back, push play and listen as Before You Exit tells you why they “like that.”


Song of the Week 4/23/13

It’s Tuesday again and that means another Song of the Week must be crowned. We are going to award this week’s song to a new single that was released today. This week’s winner is “Pretty Brown Eyes” by Australian, teen, pop idol Cody Simpson. For those of you who don’t know Simpson’s story, he was discovered on YouTube. He received a recording contract soon after and released his first single “iYiYi” in May of 2010. He has come quite a way since then. His new single, “Pretty Brown Eyes,” shows off a more mature side to Simpson while still staying true to his beach vibes and Australian roots. The music video for the single, which was released yesterday, shows depicts a fun pool side party, while incorporating animation.   Simpson’s debut album “Paradise” is available on iTunes. You can catch Simpson on his first headline Paradise Tour this summer with special guest Ryan Betty. Tickets go on sale April 27th. So sit back, push play and listen to this week’s song of the week: “Pretty Brown Eyes.”