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Charlie Simpson

Simpson performing with Fightstar at the O2 Academy Birmingham in April 2009.
Background information
Birth name Charles Robert Simpson
Born 7 June 1985 (1985-06-07) (age 24)
Origin Woodbridge, England
Genres Post-hardcore
Alternative rock
Alternative metal
Symphonic rock
Acoustic rock
Pop (early)
Occupations Musician
Instruments Singing, rhythm guitar, keyboard, piano, drums
Years active 2002—present
Labels Search and Destroy, Trustkill, Edsel, Gut, Deep Elm, Island
Associated acts Fightstar, Busted

Charles Robert Simpson (born 7 June 1985 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England),[1] is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter.

He was the youngest member of BRIT Award-winning pop band Busted, and is now the lead vocalist, guitarist and co-songwriter in alternative rock band Fightstar. Simpson is a competent musician, playing guitar, keyboard instruments, piano and drums.[2]

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 1983 and is the lead singer and guitarist in an alternative band called Prego. Simpson has a very musical family dating back to Sir William Sterndale Bennett (mother's maiden name) in 1826 who was a British pianist, conductor, and composer, a notable figure in the musical life of his time.[3]



The three Simpson brothers (Charlie, Will and Edd) are all musicians. 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.[4] 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 with popular singles such as "What I Go to School For", "Year 3000", "You Said No", "Sleeping with the Light On", "Crashed the Wedding", "Who's David?" and "Air Hostess". They sold over 3 million records,[5] won two BRIT Awards,[6] and also won Record of The Year in 2004.[7]

However, Simpson was growing increasingly unhappy with the pop star lifestyle and particularly the music he was performing.[8] As an avid fan of rock music, he felt unfulfilled by the commercial pop songs of Busted.[8] 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.[8] 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.[9] The EP was recorded during November with Mark Williams in London.[8] During this time, specualtion 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.[10] Simpson later went on to say this time with Busted "was like torture".[11] 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.[12]

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'.[13] 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. In particular, Paul Brannigan of Kerrang! magazine, stated the album was "one of the best British rock albums of the past decade".[12] Scottish music publication, The Fly also lauded the album as "one of the 21st Century’s ultimate rock debuts".[14] Shortly afterwards the band went on to receive nominations at the Kerrang! Awards for "Best British Newcomer" and "Best British Band".[15] After leaving Island Records due to a disagreement over the bands artistic direction,[16] the band signed to an independent label called Institute Records which was a division of Gut Records to release their second album.[17] One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours (2007), peaked at #27 on the UK Album Chart,[18] 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.[19]

On the 29 July 2009, he made a Myspace page for his acoustic solo work. There are currently 3 songs on the page, 'Dead Man Walking', 'Empty Guns (Demo)', and 'Carry Her'.[20] 'Carry Her' was previously available on The Sufforlk Explosion. The four members of the band are currently involved in a low-budget production called, In God We Trust, an upcoming horror film (previously known as Human Instrumentality Project). It is to be directed by Alex Gingell and Philip Koch alongside Fightstar's own Dan Haigh and Alex Westaway, who will also appear in the movie. Charlie Simpson and Omar Abidi will also feature and Fightstar will be providing the score for the film. A release date is yet to be revealed.[21]

In March 2010, Simpson denied rumours that he wanted to quit Fightstar and reform his old band Busted.[22]





  1. ^ "Biography for Charlie Simpson (V)". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  2. ^ (2009) Album notes for Be Human by Fightstar [CD]. Search and Destroy Records (SADCDA002).
  3. ^ "Brigade - Interview". Designer Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  4. ^ Johann Hari. "Busted: An Interview". Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  5. ^ America Or Busted Episode 2
  6. ^ "Busted Confirm Split". NME. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  7. ^ "Busted Win Record Of Year". Sky. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  8. ^ a b c d "I Am Fightstar...". Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Fightstar Biography". All Music. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  10. ^ "Boy band Busted split". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  11. ^ "'Busted? It was like torture'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  12. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: Fightstar". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  13. ^ The Suffolk Explosion: Various Artists: Music
  14. ^ "Fightstar 'Be Human' (Search & Destroy)". The Fly. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  15. ^ "Fightstar up for best band award". CBBC. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  16. ^ "Fightstar end Island Records contract". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2006-09-08. 
  17. ^ "Fightstar Biography". NME. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  18. ^ "One Day Son This Will All Be Yours". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  19. ^ "Be Human". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  20. ^ "Charlie Simpson on Myspace Music". Myspace. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  21. ^ "IMDb - In God We Trust (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  22. ^ "Charlie Simpson: I have no interest re-joining Busted". idiomag. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 

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