Troy Cassar-Daley (born 18 May 1969) is a multi-award-winning country musician from New South Wales, Australia.
He released his first EP, Dream Out Loud, in 1994 and was nominated for his first Golden Guitar for Best Male Vocalist the same year. He has won many awards, including the 1995 ARIA Award for Best Country Record, 1996 Best Male Vocal Award at the Country Music Awards in Tamworth, Best Male Vocal at the 2000 CMAA Awards and Song of the Year for "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore" and almost a decade's worth of Deadly Awards. He won the ARIA Music Award for Best Country Album in 2006, and once again won the ARIA for Best Country Album in 2009 for his album I Love This Place.
He has been a regular at the Tamworth Country Music Festival (where he first performed at the age of eleven), the Deadly Awards and a visitor to Nashville, Tennessee, where he performed in the Country Music Association's Global Artist Party.
Early life and career
Cassar-Daley was born in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills to a Maltese-Australian father and an Aboriginal mother. 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. 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.
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, this time partnered with Krystal Forscutt, 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. The event was held simultaneously with another concert taking place at the Sydney Cricket Ground. All the proceeds from the Melbourne Concert went to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Relief Appeal.
Troy is married to country singer and radio DJ Laurel Edwards with whom he has two children, Clay and Jem.
Awards and nominations
- 2008 Country Work of the Year APRA Award win for "Everything's Going to be Alright", performed by Cassar-Daley and co-written with Don Walker, was presented by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).
- 2010 Country Work of the Year win and Song of the Year nomination for "Big, Big Love", performed and written by Cassar-Daley.
- 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)
- Home (2011)
- The Great Country Songbook (with Adam Harvey, 2014)
- Home (2011)