Simon Wilcox

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Simon Wilcox
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1996–present
Labels Universal Music Group
Website www.simonwilcox.com

Simon Wilcox is a multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter.

Musical career[edit]

Her co-writes appear in numerous films and television shows: a bespoke composition for Brothers (2009 film) (featuring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard),[1] Hung (TV series) (HBO), Mama's Boy (film) (2007 film featuring Diane Keaton, Jon Heder, Jeff Daniels, Anna Faris),[1] Raise Your Voice (Hilary Duff), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Gossip Girl, CSI: Miami and 90210 (2010 television series), to name a few. She is the featured vocalist in many of these compositions (Brothers (2009 film) and Mama's Boy (film)).

In 1996 while attending the Ontario College of Art & Design, Wilcox played a prominent role in the gothic rock group Exovedate’s second CD. The album was very well received by college, university, and underground radio, notably charting in the top 10 on the University of Toronto's FM station CIUT-FM for three months in 1997. While Wilcox is cited as a remaining and important influence on this band, it was her unfettered solo albums Mongrel of Love (2000), Smart Function (2003, BMG/SHE) (single "Mommies & Daddies" reached #8 on the CHUM Countdown)[2] and The Charm and the Strange (2007, MapleMusic/Universal) - which featured the single "Eyes On You" (also featured on MuchMoreMusic and MTV Canada)[3] - that established her as an important Canadian musician.

From 2004 - 2010 her catalogue was represented by EMI Music Publishing world wide.[4]

Achievements[edit]

Wilcox had early success as a songwriter, winning the SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for her song "Stay",[5] which reached the peak of Canadian music network's Bravo! chart on October 18, 2005. The song was co-written and recorded by the distinctive Quebec-based star Jorane and appears on Jorane's 2004 album, The You and the Now (produced by Michael Brook, and featuring Daniel Lanois).

"Stay" was Wilcox's third co-written No. 1 song in little more than a year, each recorded by remarkably different performers. The others were "Home" (recorded by Three Days Grace - Jive/Zomba) - whose American sales exceeded 1,500,000, Canadian sales were in excess of 300,000, and charted for 31 weeks on BillBoard #2 Active Rock[6] as well as #1 on the MuchMusic Countdown.[7] Her song "Tell All Your Friends" (recorded by Projet Orange - SonyBMG) was #1 on the MuchMusic Countdown.[8] Wilcox has also worked with producer Mike Green (Paramore, the Matches) writing songs with Paris Hilton (including "Paris for President, which aired repeatedly on CNN,[9] and "Jailhouse Baby"), The Higher (Epitaph) and Ten Second Epic (Sony ATV) - the latter produced by Garth Richardson.

On March 9, 2008 her Kenyan video diary was broadcast across Canada on CBC News: Sunday.[10] Wilcox went to Kenya in the summer of 2007, after co-writing the official song for the 2006 International AIDS Conference (held in Toronto).[11]

Wilcox co-wrote the No. 1 single "Man of Two Minds" with The Trews, the song appears on the album "No Time For Later" (Universal). She also helped write the title track. According to John-Angus MacDonald, the title came from a discussion between Wilcox and lead singer Colin MacDonald. Colin said "there's no time for later, we'll finish the song" and Wilcox, not realizing that Colin was not referring to a song, responded with "No, let's work on that song.".[12]

Simon appears on The Kooks' (EMI-UK) cover version of Peter Bjorn & John's 'Young Folks' where she sings Victoria Bergsman's part of the song.[13]

The song was released on a free CD that accompanied the March 1, 2008 issue of the NME.

She has writing credits on albums by Jully Black (JUNO Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year),[14] Kalan Porter, Brian Melo, Ryan Malcolm (SonyBMG) and many others. BEAST's Betty Bonifassi (The Triplets of Belleville) had help anglicizing her metaphor-heavy lyrics from Wilcox, who Bonifassi considers the group's third member.[15]

Discography[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

AJ McLean (Jive) - Teenage Wildlife

Ali Slaight (Universal) - Story of Your Life, Great Expectations, Apple of my Eye

Anarbor (Hopeless Records) - Take My Pain Away, Before The World Ends, It's a Fact

Ariane Moffat (Audiogram) - In Your Body, Too Late

BEAST (Verve/MapleMusic/Universal) - Mr. Hurricane

Breathe Carolina (Fearless/ Columbia Records) - Hello Fascination, I.D.G.A.F., Blackout

Cider Sky (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) - Northern Lights[16]

Goldhouse - F-C-K, The Moment, FeelGood

The Higher (Epitaph) - It's Only Natural

Jeffree Star (Popsicle Records) - Fresh Meat, Get Physical, Bitch, Please![17]

Javier Colon (Universal Republic) - Life is Getting Better

Jorane (DKD/EMI) - Stay

Josh Groban (Reprise Records) - Below the Line,[18] Your Hideaway

Kalan Porter (SonyBMG) - In Spite of It All

The Kooks (NME) - Young Folks (cover)[19]

The Midway State - Hartley Salter's Kite

Nick Jonas (Island Records) - Jealous

Paris Hilton (Heiress/Warner) - Paris For President

Petula Clark (Sony Music) - Next To You

Projet Orange (SonyBMG) - Tell All Your Friends

Simon Wilcox (BMG/MapleMusic/Universal) - Mommies & Daddies, Eyes On You, Empty Sky

Song For Africa (MapleMusic/ Universal) - Song For Africa

Social Code (Universal) - Bomb Hands

Ten Second Epic (Black Box Recordings) - Welcome To Wherever You Are

The Trews (Universal) - Man of Two Minds

The Ready Set (Warner Music Group) - Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)

Theo Tams (SonyBMG) - Christmas Dream, Wait for You

Three Days Grace (Jive/Zomba) - Home, Wake Up

VersaEmerge (Fueled by Ramen) - No Consequences,[20] Neon

Walk off the Earth (Columbia Records) - Speeches, Summer Vibe, Shake, REVO

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Simon Wilcox". IMDb. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Simon Wilcox - Mommies and Daddies". YouTube. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/artist_profile/simon-wilcox_profile.html
  5. ^ "Jorane Stay clip". YouTube. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Much. "Watch The Much Countdown". MuchMusic. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Much. "Watch The Much Countdown". MuchMusic. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.reserveresult.com/2008/10/paris-hilton-for-president-music-video.html
  10. ^ "Love Song for Kenya". CBC News: Sunday. 2008-03-09. Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  11. ^ Silnicki, Graham (2006-07-21). "Canadian Musicians Unite on 'Song for Africa'". andpop.com. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  12. ^ Jason MacNeil (2008-02-18). "The Trews taking a leap". Jam! Music. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  13. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.yamaha.ca/electronickeyboards/artists.jsp?from=artists
  15. ^ http://www.chartattack.com/news/53559/beast-emerge-from-the-champion-camp
  16. ^ Nadine Cheung. "Exclusive: Cider Sky Talk About Landing 'Northern Lights' on the 'Breaking Dawn' Soundtrack". Cambio. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Jeffree-Star-Beauty-Killer/release/2050351
  18. ^ "Below The Line by Josh Groban Songfacts". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Kooks – Young Folks (Peter, Bjorn and John cover) w/ Simon Wilcox". Last.fm. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "No Consequences Lyrics". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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