Climie Fisher: Simon started out as a writer and singer, forming the duo Climie Fisher with Rob Fisher. The main aim was to have fun and make the music they loved, and together they recorded two multi-platinum albums. They also enjoyed huge international success with several hit singles in over 35 territories, the best known being Love Changes Everything and Rise to the Occasion
While his artist career was building, Simon was simultaneously enjoying success with the songs he was writing for many legendary artists, including one the most successful duets of all time – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), recorded by George Michael and Aretha Franklin. According to one of the bean counters, after a few years Simon's total units sold as a songwriter was in excess of 400 million units.
As Simon’s reputation grew, it was a natural progression to move into production. Initially working with artists who wanted great songs and vocal production, this led to immediate success delivering many hits for various European pop and R&B artists. Simon was also closely involved in the Swedish revolution with collaborators like Anthor and Bloodshy and they enjoyed many hits together.
Simon was then spotted by Eric Clapton, who wanted to work more deeply on some projects. Simon and Eric started writing together and went on to write and produce many Grammy Award-winning albums together – the first being Pilgrim, featuring the hit single My Father's Eyes, which won a Grammy for Best Male Vocal. This was soon followed by Riding With The King, Eric's joint album wth his hero BB King, and most recently the The Breeze album featuring Eric with Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and Jon Mayer.