Troy Cassar-Daley

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Troy Cassar-Daley
Troy Cassar Daley in concert
Background information
Genres Country music
Instruments Guitar, harmonica
Years active 1993–present
Labels Sony Music, Liberation Music
Associated acts Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys
Website Troy Cassar-Daley website
Troy is married to TV presenter and radio DJ Laurel Edwards, with whom he has two children, Clay and Gem.[1][2]

Troy Cassar-Daley (born 18 May 1969) is a country musician from New South Wales, Australia.

Troy Cassar-Daley is regarded as one of Australian country music’s finest singer/songwriters. He is a hugely successful artist, much adored by country music fans across Australia. Troy is also well known for his generosity and is well respected by his peers and the greater music industry. All of this is reflected on a mainstream level by the many industry awarded accolades for his work as a successful recording artist.

Troy Cassar Daley Troy’s career has spanned 10 studio albums over 30 years. Throughout this time he has been awarded numerous accolades including 4 ARIA’s, 36 Golden Guitars, 2 APRA Country Song of the year awards, 9 Deadlys (Australian Indigenous Artist Awards), 4 CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards plus 2 NIMA’s. In 2017 Troy was the 50th inductee into the prestigious Australasian Roll Of Renown, such an incredible honour for Troy. He has sold in excess of 450,000 albums and received gold and platinum records.

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.[3] 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.[4] 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 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.

Later career[edit]

The first single "Dream Out Loud" was released in 1994 by Sony Music and reached number-one on the Australian country music charts. The album was released in January 1995 and Troy won the 1995 ARIA Award for Best Country Record. At the 1996 Country Music Awards, in Tamworth, Troy won Best Male Vocalist. He also made a cameo appearance in the motion picture Race the Sun in which he performed a song in a bar scene.

In June that year Troy was part of the Australian Country Music Showcase in Nashville. The Showcase included Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys and Tommy Emmanuel. As a result, Troy returned to the States to record his new album True Believer with Steve Dorff.

Troy Cassar-Daley partnered up with Kate Ritchie for the singing competition It Takes Two aired on Seven Network in 2006. In May 2007 Troy re-appeared on the same show,[5] this time partnered with Krystal Forscutt,[6] a former contestant on Network Ten's Big Brother program. The same year, Troy was featured in a Wiggles music video for the song "Old Dan Tucker".

Cassar-Daley performed the national anthem at the 2003 NRL grand final.

Cassar-Daley with Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson played together at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14 March 2009 for Sound Relief which was a proposed multi-venue rock music concert in support of relief for the Victorian Bushfire Crisis.[7][8] The event was held simultaneously with another concert taking place at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[7] All the proceeds from the Melbourne Concert went to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Relief Appeal.[7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Troy is married to TV Presenter and radio DJ Laurel Edwards with whom he has two children, Clay and Jem[1][2].

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]



  • Dream Out Loud (1994)
  • Beyond the Dancing (1995)
  • True Believer (1996)
  • Big River (1999)
  • Long Way Home (2002)
  • Borrowed & Blue (2004)
  • The Brighter Day (2005)
  • Almost Home (2006)
  • Born to Survive: The Best of Troy Cassar-Daley (2007)
  • I Love This Place (2009)
  • Live CD and DVD (2010)
  • Home (2011)
  • The Great Country Songbook (with Adam Harvey, 2014)
  • Freedom Ride (2015)
  • Things I Carry Around (2016)


  1. ^ a b ENOUGH ROPE with Andrew Denton – episode 109: Troy Cassar-Daley (26/06/2006)
  2. ^ a b Welcome to
  3. ^ "Troy Cassar-Daley". Talking Heads. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Troy Cassar-Daley – It Takes Two Archived 4 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ It Takes Two official website Archived 15 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Krystal Forscutt – It Takes Two Archived 15 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b c Brumby, John (24 February 2009). "Artists Unite For 'Sound Relief' Bushfire Benefit – Premier of Victoria, Australia". Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Mitchell, Geraldine (24 February 2009). "Coldplay, Kings of Leon to headline bushfire relief concerts". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Latest News". Sound Relief. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "2008 Winners – APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "2010 Winners – APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Nominations for Song of the Year – 2010". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Country Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2015.