Cody Simpson returned to the stage to perform the National Anthem at the Melbourne Cup today, and shed some light on his future in music while on stage.

Though Simpson was once a popular mainstream singer, in recent years he has set his focus on professional swimming. In 2020 he qualified for the Olympic trials but missed out on a place in the Tokyo games by just over a second. This year, he came third in the 100m butterfly and earned a spot in the Dolphins’ team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.

During Simpson’s time focussing on swimming he took a hiatus from music, but returned to release the music video of “Nice To Meet You”, and “Let Go” on YouTube and Spotify. Today, marked his return to stage – a return that fans will be pleased to hear could become permanent.

“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 said at the Cup.

“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.”

Simpson was joined by the Melbourne Gospel Choir for the National Anthem, and the performance received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Check out some of the praises for Cody Simpson’s rendition of the Australian National Anthem that are lighting up Twitter at the moment:

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