Brief Profile Overview
Full Name: Cody Robert Simpson
Age: 26 (Birthday: January 11, 1997)
Born: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Height: 6′ 0′′
Net Worth: $4 million
Relationship Status: Single
A Musical Prodigy from Down Under
Cody Simpson showed a natural gift and passion for music from a very young age. He started teaching himself guitar at just 7 years old, displaying determination to master the instrument. Simpson began regularly posting song covers on YouTube as a pre-teen, racking up millions of views and an engaged fanbase. This online popularity caught the attention of record labels, and he signed with Atlantic Records in 2009 at the tender age of 13.
Over the next few years, Simpson wasted no time in releasing:
- 4 EPs between 2010-2012
- Debut album Paradise (2012), which peaked at #1 on Billboard‘s Top Heatseekers chart
- Sophomore album Surfers Paradise (2013), which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200
- Standout tracks including "iYiYi", "Pretty Brown Eyes", "All Day", and "Flower"
Simpson‘s early material showcased his talent for infectious, radio-friendly pop/rock songs with R&B influences. His soulful vocals and youthful energy paired with polished production saw singles like "iYiYi" achieve commercial success, ultimately being certified Platinum in the US and Australia.
In addition to extensive global touring, Simpson has collaborated with superstars like Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, and Ashlee Simpson. The tremendous early momentum of his music career is a testament to his prodigious talents as a vocalist, musician, and songwriter.
From the Recording Studio to the Screen
Complementing his musical achievements, Simpson has explored acting opportunities on television and Broadway. His small-screen debut came in 2009 during the third season of the popular tween show The Suite Life on Deck, in which he guest starred as himself.
This guest spot led to other TV roles, including an appearance as Russell Murphy in the season 13 premiere of CSI: NY. Simpson‘s dramatic acting chops were on full display in this gritty police procedural – a departure from his family-friendly Disney roots.
However, Simpson‘s biggest acting challenge came in 2018 when he took on the role of Dmitry in the Broadway musical Anastasia. As a newcomer to stage performing, Simpson impressed critics and audiences alike with his confident, charismatic take on Dmitry. He remained with the production in this starring role for several months, proving his talents stretched far beyond just music.
Fueling Olympic Dreams in the Pool
In a surprising career move, Simpson announced in 2019 that he was pressing pause on his music career to concentrate fully on training to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a competitive swimmer.
While swimming has been a lifelong hobby for Simpson, this rigorous training represented a whole new level of commitment. Under the guidance of elite coaches, Simpson adopted a relentless training regimen over 50+ hours a week in the pool. He also overhauled his diet and lifestyle to optimize his performance.
Simpson specialized in the 100m butterfly, while also competing in freestyle and medley events. At the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials, he posted impressive times, like 23.42 seconds in the 50m freestyle sprint. Although he just missed out on qualifying for Tokyo 2020, Simpson remains fiercely determined to earn a Paris 2024 spot – fueled by his inexhaustible drive and work ethic.
A Glimpse at the Man Behind the Spotlight
While intensely focused on his goals, Simpson remains down-to-earth and grounded in his personal life. His good-natured sense of humor and goofy personality shine through in interviews and social media. He maintains close ties to family, leaning on them for support. Simpson is also a keen photographer, occasionally sharing his work on Instagram.
Romantically, Simpson keeps things private these days, focusing on his passions. Back in his teenage years, he was linked to celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid, but kept things lighthearted, saying: "I‘m a 19-year-old kid – I really don‘t take anything seriously."
Above all, Simpson values connecting with and appreciating others in his life, remarking: "Surround yourself with people who light your fire, not those who dampen your spark."
The Impact and Legacy of a Pop-Star Prodigy
For over a decade, Simpson has made his mark on the music scene, inspiring legions of devoted fans. He has:
- Sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide
- Earned billions of career streams
- Garnered 12 million+ followers across social media
- Won awards like the BMI Pop Award for his songwriting
Moreover, Simpson‘s success story as a teen pop sensation helped pave the way for other young Australian musicians to find an audience. His drive to keep evolving, and determination to excel in swimming, continues to motivate and inspire his fans.
Now entering his late 20s, the possibilities still seem endless for Simpson‘s boundless talents. While he contemplates his next direction – whether in music, acting or Olympic dreams – one thing remains certain: Cody Simpson is a once-in-a-generation pop prodigy.