Almost fifteen years into her career as a successful songwriter, Simon Wilcox – based in Los Angeles – is still wide-eyed when she talks about her fellow co-writers. “I’ve been doing this a long time now, and I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had pretty consistent success, but I try not to think about it,” says Wilcox. “I try to focus on the process. Am I doing my best? Do I feel like I’m pushing boundaries? Are these new ideas? Do I love these songs? How can they be better? I just try to think of success and failure as by-product of me doing something I love.”
Simon has written multiple Platinum and Gold singles, working with artists such as Nick Jonas, Enrique Iglesias, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Fifth Harmony, Trevor Guthrie, Petula Clark, Josh Groban and Scott Helman, among others. “Jealous,” recorded by Nick Jonas, sold more than two million copies, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, No. 2 on the Billboard Pop Chart, and the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, as well as both the U.K. and Canadian Top 40. The song’s video – which Wilcox co-wrote with Jonas and Nolan Lambrozza (both BMI) – has been viewed more than 87 million times on YouTube.
About collaborating, Simon says “The minute I started collaborating with other people, I realized that I had this closet band fantasy, that I wanted to work with other people,” says Wilcox. “I’m interested in what people have to say. I’m interested in what their ideas are and I think, as artists, when we work alone, we tend to travel the same neural pathways over and over again.”