"I certainly will be jumping around back to music once I'm done with the pool."
Cody Simpson spends his time singing and swimming.
While his future in music has been uncertain since joining the Australian Swim Team this year, Simpson addressed fans yesterday at the Melbourne Cup while on stage. He performed the National Anthem with the Melbourne Gospel Choir.
"Music's still a massive part of my life, and I train full time, but everybody needs something to help balance them out, and music for me is just that," he revealed. "I still play guitar pretty much every single day to relax, and I certainly will be jumping around back to music once I'm done with the pool."
He was an extremely talented junior swimmer before becoming a part of the Australian Swim Team, but when Simpson discovered singing and playing his guitar on YouTube, he was swept up in a pop star-level musical journey.
He moved to LA when he was 13 and subsequently released a Top 10 Billboard album. His love for swimming clearly never left, with the 2016 Olympic Games inspiring him to get back into racing rather than following from afar. After four years of back and forth, he was convinced to head back into racing.
Simpson began uploading videos of himself singing to YouTube in 2009. The songs included I'm Yours by Jason Mraz, Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake, Jackson 5's I Want You Back, and his original tracks One and Perfect.
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Simpson released his debut EP, 4 U, in December 2010; his first album, Coast To Coast, came out in September 2011 and reached #12 on the Billboard 200. Also in September 2011, he hired Scooter Braun as his manager.
The successful albums Paradise (2012), Surfers Paradise (2013), and Free (2015) followed. His self-titled album and first in six years, was released in April this year, with lead singles Nice To Meet You and Let Go on YouTube and Spotify.
In 2020, Simpson's swimming career took focus as he qualified for the Olympic trials but missed out on the Tokyo Olympics by just over a second. This year, he placed third in the 100m butterfly event and earned his spot in the Dolphins' team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.