Amelie Simpson is a 15-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist. Born in London, England and raised in California, she has earned an international following at an early age. She is known for her bluesy-style vocals and rhythm guitar playing.
At the age of nine she started playing the guitar after receiving the instrument as a Christmas gift. She learned songs by watching YouTube videos from online guitar teachers Justin Sandercoe and Marty Schwartz. Two years later, at the age of 11 she began to post her own cover versions of songs on her YouTube channel and she started performing at local open mic nights in San Diego.
In 2015 Simpson's family relocated from San Diego to San Francisco. Her musical taste, as well as her combination of sass and confidence, quickly made her a favorite of the Bay Area music scene. She performed in the Alameda's Got Talent variety show, playing weekly at the historic Alameda Theater. She also frequently played at the Starry Plough near the University of California, Berkeley campus, a venue famous for launching the career of bands like the Counting Crows and Green Day.
Amelie made her debut at the San Diego County Fair in 2017, at the age of 13, playing a 90-minute set on the Showcase stage. She has performed at venues from California to Colorado, including the House of Blues, Northstar Resort at Lake Tahoe, The Roxy, Encinitas Street Fair, Carlsbad Marathon, Lestat's, Julian Station, Little Italy Farmers Market, Lush Lounge, Helix Brewing Company, Alibi Ale Works, Grossmont Center, Black Pug Cafe, High Street Station Cafe, La Costa Coffee, Cuyamaca College, Cinema Grill, Public Square Coffee, Ramona Country Fair, Octopus Literary Salon, Museum of Making Music, Univ Studio, Park Street Plaza, Alameda Art Walk, and San Francisco's world famous Ferry Building.
In 2019 she wrote and recorded her first original song, What My Name Is. The song was released on Spotify and iTunes, and is currently available on all streaming platforms.
Simpson has played with numerous professional musicians, including YouTube guitar star Marty Schwartz, jazz drummer Myron Cohen, blues guitar player Larrie Noble, Sr. and percussionist Jon Otis.
At the age of 12 she won the inaugural song competition on justinguitar.com for her cover of Me and Bobby McGee, competing against musicians from around the world. This past year she performed in Cajon Valley's Got Talent, along with The Voice finalist Michael Sanchez. She has been featured on the cover of North County Kids Magazine and was a finalist at the Ramona Country Fair Talent Show.