Schapelle Corby releases first single ‘Palm Trees’ on Instagram

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Schapelle Corby
Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby reacts in a courtroom in Denpasar in the Indonesian island of Bali in this August 25, 2006 file photo. Reuters/Murdani Usman/Files

Schapelle Corby has surprised her followers by releasing a song on Instagram. A producer has used the 40-year-old convicted drug smuggler’s vocals in the song called “Palm Trees.”

According to Nat Zeleny’s Instagram post, which was reposted by Corby, she wrote the summer song “for a bit of a laugh” while in Cairns. She and Corby then recorded the track in a studio. The music video mostly consists of Corby’s personal photos and videos.

“I’m in Queensland and it is sunny. I have the palm trees behind me,” Corby can be heard singing. It’s unknown if she plans on pursuing a music career following the release of this single.


#Repost @nat_zelz : So it's taken me a little while to upload it but this is mine and @schapelle.corby's song Palm Tree's. I wrote this in Cairns for a bit of a laugh and then took it into the studio to produce it and lay down our vocals. So much fun. _☺️__ x #palmtrees #schapellecorby #music #studio #producer #musician #musicianlife #remix #queensland #iminqueensland #thisisqueensland @nat_zelz

A post shared by Schapellecorby (@schapelle.corby) on Jan 1, 2018 at 12:13am PST

While there have been some who laughed at her effort, some of her Instagram followers are supportive of her new venture, even asking if they could buy the track on online music channels. “Release this on Spotify and iTunes immediately!” one of Zeleny’s followers commented.

Other than updating her social media account with personal pictures, Schapelle has largely kept quiet from the public since leaving Bali in May. There had been claims that she was to join Australia’s “Celebrity Big Brother,” but she had since denied the reports.

Corby, who was born in Queensland, was convicted in 2005 of the importation of cannabis to Indonesia. She was sentenced to 20 years by the Denpasar District Court. She spent her time in Kerobokan Prison, the infamous facility where her fellow Australians, the Bali Nine gang, are also locked up.

In 2012, she was granted a five-year sentence reduction. She was released in 2014 after serving nine years in prison. However, she couldn’t leave Bali yet, according to her parole conditions, and so she had to wait until May 2017 to return to Australia.