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Marty Simpson
Australian Idol Finalist 2007

Tom Petty's Wont Back Down - Marty Simpson

Tom Petty's Wont Back Down - Marty Simpson

Marty Simpson – Solo

Australian Idol Finalist 2007

It’s safe to say Marty Simpson wasn’t your typical Australian Idol candidate.

Despite that, the 21 year old from Forrester’s Beach on NSW’s Central Coast turned up to the auditions with a mop of shaggy sun bleached hair and his beloved guitar… and left the judges speechless. Dicko, the judge notorious for having the most scathing comments, was quick to dub him his “favourite”, adding that Marty had one of the most original voices he’d heard in a long while.

And then the whole “non-typical” thing came into play. For several consecutive weeks, the judges openly told Marty on the Idol stage, in front of millions of Australians, that he shouldn’t be there, that he couldn’t conform to the Idol package, that he wasn’t worthy of being in the competition.

The public didn’t agree – or maybe they did on some points. They didn’t want Marty to win, but they did want to see more of him. They kept voting, and they continuously bombed the show’s website with demands to let Marty play his guitar, or one of his original songs – of which he has close to 25.

The Australian public wanted to see Marty perform right up until the final four, then they set him free to follow his true goals, doing what he’d never been ashamed of openly admitting – playing his originals and touring the Australian coast. “It gave me so many opportunities and unforgettable experiences,” Marty says of his time on the show. “It was one of the best learning experiences throughout my career.”

Marty’s open and salt-of-the-earth attitude has the habit of winning people over immediately, and his love for music is obvious. He sing constantly, taps tabletops, strums his guitar and is prone to practising his tunes in stairwells and toilet cubicles – hey, apparently the acoustics are good there. Put simply – he’s music to the very core.

He’s also been playing since he was nine years old. “I’ve always felt some kind of deep connection with music,” Marty claims. “I can get quite annoying playing around the house constantly, but I am always trying to find new ideas.

“Sometimes you can spend days and even weeks trying to come up with something new and creative, and then all of a sudden you come up with something fresh and original, jot it down and make a song out of it,” he continues, adding that the environment, art, and “past, present and future” are his biggest inspirations.

From the very beginning, Marty has been more than keen to load up the Tarago and get himself and his band on the road. “I’ve just always wanted to leave everything and home and travel Australia doing what I love,” he says frankly.

Lofty goals of conquering the world are not on this authentic, straight-up, muso’s to-do list. “I just want to make a respectable living as an Australian musician,” say’s Marty. And he’s prepared to earn his keep the real way – touring, writing his own tunes and performing them to audiences who absolutely want him to be there.

Songlist

Eve Of Destruction,
      – Barry McGuire
Looking Out My Backdoor - CCR
3am - Matchbox 20
Santaria - Sublime
Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
Breakfast At Tiffanys
      - Deep Blue Something
Come Together - The Beatles
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
I Won’t Back Down - Tom Petty
Soul Sister - Train
The weight - The Band
Sweet About Me - Gabriella Cilmi
Fall At Your Feet
      - Crowded House
Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Hotel California - The Eagles
La Mar - The Beautiful Girls
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Only You - Vazoo
Knocking On Heavens Door
      - Bob Dylan
For What It’s Worth
      - Buffalo Springfield
Freefallin’ - Tom Petty
Stir It Up - Bob Marley
What I Got - Sublime
Stand By Me - John Lennon
Friday I’m In love - The Cure
Losing My Religion - REM
Hurt So Good
      - John Cougar Mellencamp
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Wonderwall - Oasis
Under The Bridge - RHCP
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Stuck In The middle
      - Steelers Wheel
Build Me Up Buttercup
      - The Foundations
No Rain - Blind Melon
Drops Of Jupiter - Train
Little Lion Man - Gin Blossom
Hey Jelousy - Gin Blossom
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Whithers
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
      - Cyndi Lauper

and many more .....

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