Cody Simpson belts out Australia’s national anthem at the 2022 Melbourne Cup

Cody Simpson may just be Australia’s renaissance man. The 25-year-old Queenslander has enjoyed a pop career (with five appearances on the Billboard 200 chart), pivoted into the ranks of elite swimming, and he’s thrown what energy he has left into an eco-clothing business.

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On Tuesday (November 1), Simpson brought his love of music and sport together when he performed the national anthem at the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

Wearing a pinstripe three-piece suit, Simpson delivered a mature rendition of the “Advance Australia Fair”, with a packed crowd of 80,000 race fans watching.

He is no stranger to performing the anthem for the big occasion. On Australia Day 2016, he delivered it during the Cleveland Cavs’ home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the first time “Advance Australia Fair” had run out before an NBA contest.

Speaking ahead of the so-called “race that stops the nation”, Simpson admitted he has not considered hanging up the guitar and microphone.

“Music is still a big part of my life and I work out full time, but everyone needs something to help balance them and music for me is just that.” News.com.au quotes Simpson as saying.

“I still play guitar pretty much every single day to relax, and I’ll definitely jump back into music when I’m done with the pool.”

Simpson, a butterfly specialist, collected Commonwealth Games gold earlier this year, as part of the men’s 4x100m free relay, along with silver in the 4x100m medley. His efforts earned him selection in Australia’s squad for the 2022 duel in the pool against the USA

In August, the Gold Coast native revealed Prince Neptune: The Labeland its range of eco-wear, from t-shirts to hoodies, shirts, bandanas and more – all stamped with the freshwater god’s trident.

Simpson also found time in April to release a fourth album, via Coast House Collective, a self-titled studio set containing the singles “Nice to Meet You” and “Let Go” as well as the Ben Harper collaboration “It’s a Dream.”

In 2019 he won the first Australian edition of The Masked Singer.

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