Troy Cassar-Daley

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Troy Cassar-Daley
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Background information
Born (1969-05-18) 18 May 1969 (age 51)
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
GenresCountry
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active1990–present
LabelsSony Music, Liberation Music
Associated actsAdam Harvey, Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys
WebsiteTroy Cassar-Daley website

Troy Cassar-Daley (born 18 May 1969) is an Australian country music songwriter and entertainer, and author.

Cassar-Daley has released ten studio albums, two live albums and six compilation albums over 30 years, including the platinum-selling The Great Country Songbook with Adam Harvey. Throughout this time he has received awards including 4 ARIA Music Awards, 37 Golden Guitars, 9 Deadly Awards (Australian Indigenous Artist Awards), 4 Country Music Association of Australia Entertainer of the Year awards and 2 National Indigenous Music Awards.[1]

In August 2016 Cassar-Daley released his first book, an autobiography of his early life and music career titled Things I Carry Around with an accompanying album of the same title.[2] In 2017 Cassar-Daley was the 50th inductee into the prestigious Australian Roll of Renown.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Cassar-Daley was born in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills to a Maltese-Australian father and an Aboriginal mother.[4] At a very young age, he moved with his mother to Grafton in north-eastern New South Wales. At eleven, Troy went to the Tamworth Country Music Festival and returned the next year to busk on the streets.[5] At 16 he and his band, Little Eagle, were touring the North Coast of New South Wales and he made the top 10 in Tamworth's Toyota Star Maker Quest. He won the 1986 "Search for a Star" competition and then toured with Brian Young for seven months in which he began to develop his songwriting skills. After returning home he replaced James Blundell as leader of country music band The Blue Heeler Band.[6]

2018 – present[edit]

In October 2018 Cassar-Daley released his 42-track double album Greatest Hits, along with a new single called "Wouldn't Change A Thing" on the Bloodlines label, part of Mushroom Group.[7] The extensive album was also released on vinyl.[8]

In June 2020, Cassar-Daley inked a worldwide label deal with Sony Music Entertainment Australia. It is a full-circle moment for the Australian country music star, who first signed to the major label in 1995 to launch his record-breaking career.[9]

Troy is married to TV presenter and radio DJ Laurel Edwards, with whom he has two children.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Troy is married to radio and television presenter Laurel Edwards with whom he has two children.[10][11]

In 2020, Troy's participation in Australia's Who Do You Think You Are? was broadcast on SBS, where he traced both his ancestral roots on his father's side in Malta, and his mother's Aboriginal Australian ancestry.[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[13]
Beyond the Dancing -
True Believer
  • Release date: January 1997
  • Label: Columbia (486872 2)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
53[14]
Big River
  • Release date: August 1999
  • Label: Columbia (495236 2)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
49
Long Way Home
  • Release date: 27 May 2002
  • Label: Essence Records/EMI Music (5399092)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
77[17]
Borrowed & Blue
  • Release date: 19 April 2004
  • Label: Essence Records/EMI Music (5979432)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
89[19]
Brighter Day
  • Release date: 10 October 2005
  • Label: Essence Records/EMI Music (3427112)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
46
I Love This Place 34
Home
  • Release date: 2 March 2012
  • Label: Liberation Records (LMCD0163)
  • Formats: CD/DVD, DD
9
Freedom Ride
  • Release date: 13 March 2015
  • Label: Liberation Records (LMCD0251)
  • Formats: CD, DD
4
Things I Carry Around
  • Release date: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Liberation Records (LMCD0300)
  • Formats: CD, DD
5
Christmas for Cowboys
  • Release date: 6 November 2020[20]
  • Label: Sony Music ( 19439807412)
  • Formats: CD, DD, streaming
TBA

Live albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS Top 40 Music DVD
[13]
Troy Cassar-Daley Live
  • Release date: 22 October 2010
  • Label: Liberation Music (LMCD0117)/(LIBDVD1111)
  • Formats: CD, DVD, DD
20[21]
Greatest Hits Live -

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[13]
Almost Home
  • Release date: 23 January 2006
  • Label: Rajon Records (CDR0543)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
-
Born to Survive (The Best of)
  • Release date: July 2007
  • Label: EMI Music (5099 2 425012 2)
  • Formats: CD, DD
18
The Essential Troy Cassar-Daley
  • Release date: 22 April 2011[25]
  • Label: Sony (886977644320)
  • Formats: CD
-
The Great Country Songbook (with Adam Harvey) 2
Lost & Found
  • Release date: 28 March 2018[27]
  • Label: Bloodlines (9341004057951)
  • Formats: Download, Streaming
-
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 19 October 2018[28]
  • Label: Bloodlines (BLOOD33)
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, download, streaming
7
[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector. They commenced in 2006.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2011[30][31] Troy Cassar-Daley Live Best Independent Artist Nominated
AIR Awards of 2015[32] Freedom Ride Best Independent Country Album Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

Cassar-Daley had been nominated for 12 awards, winning 3 at the APRA Awards.[33][34][35][36]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 "Little Things" Most Performed Country Work Nominated
1999 "Biggest Disappointment" Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2000 "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore" Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2004 "Wish I Was a Train" (with Paul Kelly) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2005 "Factory Man" Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2007 "Going Back Home" Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2008 "Everything's Going to be Alright" Country Work of the Year Won
2010 "Big Big Love" Song of the Year Nominated
2010 "Big Big Love" Country Work of the Year Won
2013 "Country Is" Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2020 "Wouldn't Change a Thing"[37][38] Most Performed Country Work of the Year Nominated
"Shutting Down Our Town" (Cassar-Daley) by Jimmy Barnes featuring Troy Cassar-Daley[39] Most Performed Rock Work of the Year Won

ARIA Awards[edit]

Cassar-Daley had been nominated for 12 awards, winning 4 at the ARIA Music Awards[40]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1995 Beyond the Dancing ARIA Award for Best Country Album Won
1997 "True Believers" Best Country Album Nominated
1998 True Believer Best Country Album Nominated
2000 Big River Best Country Album Won
2002 Long Way Home Best Country Album Nominated
2004 Borrowed & Blue Best Country Album Nominated
2006 Brighter Day Best Country Album Won
2009 I Love This Place Best Country Album Won
2011 Troy Cassar-Daley Live Best Country Album Nominated
2012 Home Best Country Album Nominated
2013 The Great Country Songbook (with Adam Harvey) Best Country Album Nominated
2015 Freedom Ride Best Country Album Nominated

CMAA Awards[edit]

The Country Music Awards of Australia is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. Cassar-Daley has won 37 awards; second only to Slim Dusty.[41][42][1] Cassar-Daley was inducted into the Australian Roll of Renown in 2019.[43]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1996 "End of the Road" Male Vocalist of the Year Won
1998 True Believer Album of the Year Won
"Little Things" Male Vocalist of the Year Won
"Little Things" Video of the Year Won
2000 "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore" Male Vocalist of the Year Won
"They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore" ARPA Song of the Year Won
2003 "Born to Survive" Male Vocalist of the Year Won
"Wish I Was a Train" (with Paul Kelly) Vocal Collaboration of the Year Won
"Born to Survive" ARPA Song of the Year Won
2006 "Lonesome But Free" Male Vocalist of the Year Won
"Bird On A Wire" (with Jimmy Barnes) Vocal Collaboration of the Year Won
"Yellow Belly" Instrumental of the Year Won
"Lonesome But Free" ARPA Song of the Year Won
2008 "Everything’s Going To Be Alright" Male Vocalist of the Year Won
2010 I Love This Place Male Vocalist of the Year Won
I Love This Place Album of the Year Won
"Ain’t Gonna Change for You" (with The McClymonts) Vocal Collaboration of the Year Won
"Chasin' Rodeo" Heritage Song of the Year Won
"Big Big Love" APRA Song of the Year Won
"Big Big Love" Single of the Year Won
2011 "Sacred Bones" Toyota Heritage Song of the Year Won
2013 Home Male Vocalist of the Year Won
Home Album of the Year (Artist) Won
Home Album of the Year (Producer) Won
"Country Is" Single of the Year Won
"Home" APRA Song of the Year Won
2015 "My Country My Land" (with Dean Perrett) Vocal Collaboration of the Year Won
2016 Freedom Ride Album of the Year (Artist) Won
Freedom Ride Album of the Year (Producer) Won
"Freedom Ride" Male Vocalist of the Year Won
"Freedom Ride" Toyota Heritage Song of the Year Won
"Freedom Ride" APRA Song of the Year Won
"Take a Walk in My Country" Single of the Year Won
Troy Cassar-Daley" CMAA Producer of the Year Won
2017 Things I Carry Round Album of the Year (Artist) Won
Things I Carry Round Album of the Year (Producer) Won
2019 "Shadows on the Hill" Heritage Song of the Year Won
himself Australian Roll of Renown inductee

Deadly Awards[edit]

The Deadly Awards, (commonly known simply as The Deadlys), was an annual celebration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community. They ran from 1996 to 2013.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Deadly Awards 1997 True Believer Album of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2001 himself Country Artist of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2003 himself Male Artist of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2003 himself Male Artist of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2004 himself Male Artist of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2006 himself Male Artist of the Year Won
"Lonesome But Free" Single of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2007 "Going Back Home" Song of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2012 Home Album of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2013 himself Male Artist of the Year Won

National Indigenous Music Awards[edit]

The National Indigenous Music Awards recognise excellence, innovation and leadership among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians from throughout Australia. They commenced in 2004.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 himself Artist of the Year Nominated
Home Album of the Year Nominated
2017 himself Artist of the Year Won
Things I Carry Around Album of the Year Won
"Things I Carry Around" Song of the Year Nominated

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