Charles Robert Simpson (born 7 June, 1985 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England), was the youngest member of the reasonably successful pop group Busted, and is now the vocalist and guitarist in post-hardcore band Fightstar. He has two older brothers, Will and Edd - Will is the vocalist and guitarist in Brigade and Edd 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.
Simpson attended public school Brandeston Hall Preparatory School and Framlingham College in Suffolk before completing his studies at Uppingham, from which he obtained a drama scholarship. He left school after his GCSE exams. He achieved an A* for his GCSE music and, for his performance in the exam, he chose to play "Miss You Love" from Silverchair's Neon Ballroom album. The public school was also attended by Harry Judd (McFly), Ed Lamb, Stephen Fry, Johnny Vaughan, and Elliot Minor members. He plays guitar, piano, drums and bass, and sings vocals. In Busted he did the baritone vocals in place of James and Matt's tenor vocals. In Fightstar, he dramatically changed his appearance, so as to be unrecognisable as the 'kid from Busted' and does the low screams and the screaming baritone vocals. His singing style range from deep baritone vocals to high falsettos.
Simpson has been a full time member of Fightstar since 2005, and has released a five track EP (They Liked You Better When You Were Dead) and two full length albums, (Grand Unification) and (One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours). Simpson has been doing extensive touring with Fightstar over the past three years and has just signed to Gut Records in the UK and Trustkill Records in the US. Fightstar also headlined the second stage at Give It A Name '07 in April.
Charlie funded and put together a compilation CD called 'The Suffolk Explosion' which was released through the bands' 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'.
Interestingly, both Busted and Fightstar have had to change the titles/postpone soon to be released singles due to reflecting current tragic events, i.e Busted had to change the title of "Crash and Burn" due to a recent American space shuttle Disaster, Fightstar had to change "Out Swimming in the Flood" to "Palahnuik's Laughter" due to the 2004 Tsunami and Fightstar delayed the release of single "Floods" due to floods in Britain happening at that time.
Charlie featured on the Band Aid 20 record 'Do They Know It's Christmas' singing and playing a small rhythm guitar part with his previous band, alongside the likes of Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Bono shortly before splitting.
Simpson is an official patron of disabled children's charity Out & About (http://www.out-and-about.org.uk), which supports disabled children in leisure activities in Norfolk and Suffolk (Charlie's home county). Simpson said,
“Growing up in Suffolk, I took part in all sorts of leisure activities and that should be how it is for all young people, whether they’re disabled or not. I’m looking forward to supporting Out & About and getting more involved.”
According to Caris Magazine, Simpson has recently taken the Alpha course and is now a practising Christian.