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Curtis in May 2011
March 18, 1986 |
Michigan, United States
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, actor, record producer|
Simon Curtis (born March 18, 1986) is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Born in Michigan and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he first gained recognition for his role as Royce Du Lac in the 2009 film Spectacular! before venturing into pop music, during which he released his debut extended play Alter Boy in 2008, his debut full-length studio album, 8Bit Heart in 2010, and in 2011, he released his second studio album (and first commercial release) RA; the two latter releases were released through his independent label, BoyRobot Records.
Simon Curtis was born in the state of Michigan, United States, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the age of ten, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Curtis earned a coveted role in the national tour production of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Early career: 2002–2006
Curtis won Popstar Magazine and Johnny Wright’s “Get Famous” contest, was named a national top ten finalist in the “Britney Spears Samsung Superstar Tour”, was commissioned by Disney to provide a theme song for an annual Disneyland event, was named an official Oklahoma Ambassador of Music, and won the University of Tulsa Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance.
After years of performing in at least seven professional-level operas or musicals a year, Curtis had shifted his sights to the realm of pop music. Inspired by the current pop sensations Britney Spears and *NSYNC, he decided to record his first demo. At fifteen years old, Curtis completed his first set of recordings. He encountered managers Matthew Knowles and Laila Bagge later that summer. After meeting with them and singing for them, Curtis presented the two managers with his demo, and much to his dismay, was told that although he had stage presence and charisma beyond his years, he sounded like a Broadway kid and would not be signed with that kind of sound. Taking their advice, Curtis stopped performing in musicals altogether, began the process of breaking his voice down, and started to find one of his own.
At sixteen, Curtis met local producer Jadion, who offered Curtis his business card after watching him win the Britney Spears Superstar Karaoke tour in Tulsa. A few months later, Curtis finally felt he was ready to tackle the recording studio again, this time with a fresh approach, and contacted the producer. The producer’s fresh, Swedish-pop sound pleased Curtis and they soon began the process of recording his new demo. This was Curtis' first time seeing songs he had written himself come to fruition, and he soon became addicted to the process.
A few months before his nineteenth birthday, Curtis grew weary of pursuing his dream via phone and mail, and decided to accept the invitation his producer extended to live with him and his wife who had recently moved to Los Angeles. He packed his bags and drove across the country to LA.
At 20, Curtis found his own voice in the tiny apartment recording studio with Jadion. There they began the sessions that would ultimately result in Curtis' upcoming, independent, debut album Alter Boy [EP]. Curtis and Jadion were commissioned by Disney to deliver a theme song for the annual Disneyland Resort event, Flashback, which later became a charity single benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America.
2009–2010: Spectacular! and 8Bit Heart
In late 2009, Curtis once again began to work on his musical career. He teamed up with friend producer Jeff "Jadion" Wells and in about thirteen days, he wrote and recorded 8Bit Heart. He chose to release the album for free on his official website after meeting the goal of eight thousand followers on his Twitter profile. The album was well received by the pop community and was downloaded over 150,000 times in the two weeks following its release. Curtis has managed to do all this without the help of a manager or record label. He is currently hoping to get signed very soon and is promoting his album to various music blogs. He was also recently the opening act of Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean on May 6, 2010, at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California.
On May 16, 2011, Curtis released the first single from his second album RA (stylized as R∆) titled "Superhero" as well as a remix titled "Superhero (The Remix)" on his independent label BoyRobot Records through the iTunes Store. The second single from the album, titled "Flesh", was released May 31, along with a remix titled "Flesh (Future Freestyle Remix)". On June 7, he released the full-length album and it debuted at number 20 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
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