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'Born to Survive' The Best of Troy Cassar-Daley

Winners are grinners!  Especially Troy
The winners in the 13th CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards were announced last night in a star studded event at WatersEdge in Sydney.
Country music’s most respected performers and industry movers and shakers were there to tip their hats to the Achiever Awards’ Class of ’07 which included those musicians, performers and organisations who have flown the country music flag over the previous 12 months.

The gala ceremony was held under the Sydney Harbour Bridge with performances by this year’s Entertainer of the Year winner (taking his total Achiever Award wins is five) and crowd favourite Troy Cassar-Daley. Troy’s non stop touring as well as his appearances on the last two seasons of “It Takes Two” have cemented him in the hearts and minds of fans and the industry alike.

Taking her 3rd Independent Entertainer of the Year Award in a row was the beautiful Felicity Urquhart, fresh from her performance before US President George W Bush and Prime Minister Howard during APEC week in Sydney. Felicity performed tonight with her partner and collaborator Glen Hannah, who also took home his 3rd Achiever Award in 2007 in the Cover Art of the Year category (for Ring Around the Moon by James Blundell).

In the industry awards categories, ABC Music Publishing solidified their standing as Publishing Company of the Year winning the Award for the 6th consecutive year and Shock Records took out their 2nd Record Company of the Year – Independent Award.

Also winning consecutive Awards were The Pub, Tamworth (Entertainment Venue of the Year) and John Nutting (Media Achiever of the Year – Individual). Sydney based label Compass Bros Records also returned to the podium for the 4th time as Record Company of the Year – Major Distribution.

In its 2nd year in the Achiever Awards calendar, the CMAA Board was proud to present the Musician of the Year Award to James Gillard whose long musical career has seen him move from the rock ‘n roll stage (Mondo Rock), to work with some of country music’s most respected bands (The Fargone Beauties, The Flood, The Stormwater Boys).

Each year, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) acknowledges the Australian country music recording artist who has received that highest radio airplay during the previous year. The recipient of the PPCA Most Broadcast Australian Country Music Artist Award for 2006 was Keith Urban.
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Troy Cassar-Daley has earned the reputation as one of Australia’s finest country
performers, honing his craft over the course of 20 years and 6 studio albums. This
stellar career will be recognised with the release of “Born To Survive”, The Best Of
Troy Cassar-Daley on 14th July through EMI Music.
“Born To Survive”
is a luminous collection of 20 songs, tracing Troy’s career from
his first major label recording “Dream Out Loud”, to his new single “Everything Is
Going To Be Alright”. Incredibly, 13 of these 20 songs reached #1 on the Country
Tracks Top 30, and many of them secured accolades from ARIA Awards to Golden Guitars.
Troy Cassar-Daley has an incredible personal story, one that has borne itself
through his songs. As a child of an Aboriginal mother and Maltese father, his
childhood is the stuff of legend – growing up in Grafton, running away to live with
his father in Surry Hills, teaching himself to play guitar, his mother’s work on the
railways, his beloved grandmother … all are factors in the rich tapestry of his life
which heavily influenced his songwriting.   Cassar-Daley has grown from these
humble begins to become one of Australia’s most loved and recognizable performers.
In August, Troy commenced a national tour in support of his new album. This is your chance to witness first hand why he is one of our most celebrated performers!

Troy Cassar-Daley has earned the reputation as one of Australia’s finest country
performers, honing his craft over the course of 20 years and 6 studio albums. This
stellar career will be recognised with the release of “Born To Survive”, The Best Of
Troy Cassar-Daley on 14th July 2007 through EMI Music.

“Born To Survive” is a luminous collection of 20 songs, tracing Troy’s career from
his first major label recording “Dream Out Loud”, to his new single “Everything Is
Going To Be Alright”. Incredibly, 13 of these 20 songs reached #1 on the Country
Tracks Top 30, and many of them secured accolades from ARIA Awards to Golden

Troy Cassar-Daley has an incredible personal story, one that has borne itself
through his songs. As a child of an Aboriginal mother and Maltese father, his
childhood is the stuff of legend – growing up in Grafton, running away to live with
his father in Surry Hills, teaching himself to play guitar, his mother’s work on the
railways, his beloved grandmother … all are factors in the rich tapestry of his life
which heavily influenced his songwriting.   Cassar-Daley has grown from these
humble begins to become one of Australia’s most loved and recognizable performers.
In August, Troy commences a national tour in support of his new album. This is your chance to witness first hand why he is one of our most celebrated performers!
Krystal’s nominated charity is Fr. Chris Reilly’s “Youth Off The Streets” so to help this very worthy cause

Troy Cassar-Daley is back for the 2nd season of the hit television
series It Takes Two, partnered with Big Brother housemate Krystal Forscutt.

In this week's opening episode, Troy and Krystal proved that they
have staying power by their smooth rendition of the Van Morrison
classic, Moondance.

Krystal's nominated charity is Fr. Chris Reilly's Youth Off The
Streets so to help this very worthy cause and keep Troy and Krystal
on your screens, cast your vote by texting "Krystal" to 191 977 or
phoning 1902 557 719.

Last year, Troy sang his way through to the 8th episode with Kate
Ritchie and is excited to be sharing this journey with Krystal.

It Takes Two is broadcast from 7.30pm Tuesdays on the 7 Network.
Troy Cassar-Daley and Krystal Forscutt,
(reality star and pin-up girl)
Bobby & Jade
Lochie & Paulini - out now
Ernie & Rachael
Daniel & Kate
Russell & Wendy
Krystal & Troy  -out now
Mimi & David H.
Julia & Dave G.
Jolene & David C.
Jo & Anthony
Troy to feature in "It Takes Two" 2007
Country star Troy Cassar-Daley has been lined up to feature again in the 7 and Prime Network series "It Takes Two".

The show, a singing talent quest featuring duos comprising established artists and personalities who are not (until the show!) singers, kicks off on Tuesday, May 8 at 7.30pm

Grant Denyer returns as host of the show which sees the couples competing in a duet-singing showdown backed by a live show band. The couples are judged by a combination of viewer votes and a panel of industry experts to see who will be crowned series champions.

Confirmed celebrities who will step out of their comfort zone this year include Jolene Anderson ("All Saints" actress), Lochie Daddo (television presenter), Ernie Dingo ("The Great Outdoors"), comedian Russell Gilbert, Former Olympic swimmer Daniel Kowalski and Jo Stanley (breakfast radio host and television personality).

In addition to Troy, professional singers who will mentor the celebrities include Rachael Beck, Anthony Callea, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Dave Gleeson and Wendy Matthews.
Weblink – www.troycassardaley.com.au .
Troy is currently writing for a new recording and will be releasing a collection of material mid 2007 before touring the new album around Australia during the second half of the year.
Lee Kernaghan and Troy Cassar-Daley,
Sara Storer, Tania Kernaghan, Felicity Urquhart and more
Since taking out 4 Golden Guitars at the 2006 Awards, Troy has gone on to appear in the hit television series, It Takes Two, been interviewed by Andrew Denton, toured the USA with legendary guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel and in October, took out the ARIA Award for Country Music Album of the Year.

Laurie Daley and Troy  after Laurie sang a song with
Troy at The pickers Night Click here for more photos
Congratulations Troy!!
Troy Cassar-Daley takes home the ARIA 2006 for Best Country Album  (Brighter Day) ...
Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand, Catherine Britt, Anne Kirkpatrick and Lee Kernaghan were nominated
Click here for all winners http://www.ariaawards.com.au/news.php
2006 Country Music Association of Australia
Achiever Award
Entertainer of the Year:
Troy Cassar-Daley (1997, 1998 and 2000 winner)
Troy and Tommy just finished up a tour around the midwest of the USA, including a stop at
the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield Kansas.

Troy gathered fans where he went.  His Merle Haggard-meets-Randy Travis voice charmed

Troy is the NUMBER ONE country singer songwriter in Australia.  He's won the equivalent of
the Grammy for Best Country Album 2 times and his newest album, BRIGHTER DAY, is
nominated for a third.  He's won 13 Gold Guitars - the equivalent of the CMA Award - for
everything from Album of the Year, to Best Male Vocalist, to video clip of the year.

Troy will be coming back next year for more tours of the USA.
Go to CGP.com now and order his newest album now available in the USA.
Troy Cassar-Daley took out two Gongs at the 12th annual Deadly Awards in September 2006.  He won Artist of the Year for song "Lonesome but Free" -  Sharnee Fenwick promising New Talent and the Pigram Brothers won album of the year for their release Mango Tree
Final 5 Best ARIA Nominations
Country Album Nominations
Adam Brand (What a Life)
Anne Kirkpatrick "Showman's Daughter"
Lee Kernaghan (The New Bush)
Catherine Britt (Too Far Gone)
Troy Cassar-Daley (Brighter Day) ..   Winner1!!
Troy Cassar-Daley and his celebrity singing partner Kate Ritchie made it to round EIGHT of the 7 Network television show "It Takes Two".  They are now out!!
For more information or to arrange an interview with Troy, please contact Ronda Toner

Troy at Tamworth showing Home and Away star Kate Ritchie his wax figure at the Big Golden Guitar
Troy, Troy's wax Figure and Home and Away star Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie, Wendy Bennet from The Big Golden Guitar and Troy
"It Takes Two"  Channel Seven
10 Celebrities paired with 10 of Australia's Finest Singers compete in a duet-singing showdown!!
Erika Heynatz and David Hobson - Winners!!!!
Performers and Partners now out
Sarah Ryan and Guy Sebastian - Finalist
Mark Furze and Rachael Beck
Kate Ritchie and Troy Cassar-Daley
Richard Champion and Wendy Matthews
Simon Reeve and Paulini
Katie Fischer and Dave Gleeson Click here Dave's Artist Report
 Judy Nunn and Glenn Shorrock
Richard Zachariah and Karen Knowles
Michael Bevan and  Jade MacRae
Troy tickets an 'endangered species'
Troy’s concert to be first Hats Off sellout!
Three weeks out from the event, Troy Cassar-Daley’s Up Close and Personal concert at The Pub is a handful of tickets away from a sellout.
Anyone coming to Tamworth for the Hats Off to Country Festival planning on picking up a ticket for the show will be sorely disappointed, so they’d better make alternate plans for the Friday night.

Since tickets went on sale at Tourism Tamworth, they’ve been scooped up by earlybirds, not wanting to miss the chance to see the multiple Golden Guitar winner in the intimate setting of The Pub, at 99 Gunnedah Rd.

Troy’s support for the concert is 2005 Telstra Road to Tamworth winner, Aleyce Simmonds.

Troy is enjoying a media feast at present, with his starring role in the Channel Seven series, It Takes Two, where he’s teaching Home and Away star Kate Ritchie to sing like a bird!
On Monday, June 26 at 9.30pm, Troy will be Andrew Denton’s guest on the ABC-TV program, Enough Rope.

It’s being touted as Troy’s “most revealing interview yet”, where he talks candidly about his early years in Grafton, his musical influences, his family and dreams for the future.

If you’re really quick, you might be lucky enough to score one of the 10 remaining tickets from Tourism Tamworth. Tickets can be obtained from the website,
www.visittamworth.com or by phoning (02) 6767 5300.
Written Friday, June 16, 2006 by Anna Rose, for and on behalf of the 2006 Hats Off to Country Festival.
Anna Rose
The Pub Group
Representing: Felicity Urquhart,
The Baileys, Aleyce Simmonds,
Aaron Bolton & Katrina Burgoyne
Box 7068 MSC Tamworth NSW 2348 Australia
Ph 61 2 6765 4875
Fx 61 2 6762 4304

Troy on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope Monday 26th June 2006 ABC Television.
Enough Rope's Andrew Denton, one of Australia's most intelligent and provocative interviewers, talked to Troy Cassar-Daley about his life and passions
In what was the most revealing interview yet with the twice ARIA and 13 times Golden Guitar winner, Troy talked about growing up in Grafton, his musical influences, his family and his dreams for the future.

Troy is currently performing live around Australia in support of his career defining new album ‘Brighter Day’ – a collection of songs that has been warming received by fans and media alike.

Rollingstone was glowing in its praise – “Quintessentially Australian while echoing the personal style of Bruce Springsteen, Brighter Day wonderfully evokes vivid images of country life and love”

Photos courtesy of Greg Young

Winners announced for the 2006 CMAA
Country Music Awards of Australia! 
Troy Cassar-Daley

Lonesome But Free
Writers: Paul Kelly and Troy Cassar-Daley
Jimmy Barnes & Troy Cassar-Daley

Bird On A Wire
Yellow Belly
Troy Cassar-Daley
Troy Cassar-Daley ‘waxed’ in Tamworth
unveiled at Tamworth’s Gallery of Stars
Wax Museum during the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Troy with his wax Model

Troy Cassar-Daley to be ‘waxed’ in Tamworth
The everyday Australian’s ultimate country music dream will be unveiled at Tamworth’s Gallery of Stars
Wax Museum during the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
It’s the story of an 11-year-old kid from Grafton, who started out busking on the streets of Tamworth, only to make his way
to the top echelons of the highly competitive Australian country music industry.
Possessing big dreams and an even bigger talent, Troy Cassar-Daley is now poised to join the pioneers and legends of
Australian country music history, immortalised in wax, for all the world to see.
Troy will come face to face with his wax likeness for the very first time at 2pm on Tuesday, January 24 at the Big Golden
Guitar Tourist Centre.
The public is warmly invited to attend Troy’s wax figure unveiling, as he becomes the 26th star to be honoured in this
way in Tamworth.
This is set to be one of the biggest ever festivals for Troy, whose sixth career album, Brighter Day, released on
Nash Chambers’ Essence label, has elicited seven finalist spots in the 2006 CMAA
Country Music Awards of Australia. Some things you really should know about Troy:
• He first came to Tamworth as an 11-year-old in 1980
• In 1993 Sony Music offered Troy a worldwide recording deal
• That same year, Sony released Troy’s debut album, Beyond The Dancing, which spawned four
Top 10 hit singles
• To date, he has won a total of nine Golden Guitars
• He has won four MO awards
• He has won two ARIA awards
• He has won four Deadly awards
• Troy has toured Australia with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, LeAnn Rimes and The Dixie Chicks
• Troy made a cameo appearance in the American motion picture, Race The Sun, starring James Belushi and Halle Berry
• In 2003 Troy became one of the youngest ever subjects of This Is Your Life
• Troy has made three albums with Nash Chambers on Essence Records – Long Way Home in 2002,
Borrowed and Blue in 2004 and in 2005, Brighter Day
Created in Tamworth December 2005 by Anna Rose, for and on behalf of The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre.
For further information please visit: www.biggoldenguitar.com.au
The Troy Cassar-Daley Club
P. O. Box 9 Forest hill, Vic 3131
The cost to join Troy's fan Club is $20 Australian ($25 Australian per year for overseas members
and please send your cheques/money orders in Australian dollars and drawn on an Australian bank)
Members will be entitled to 4 newsletters per year, membership card and new members will receive an autograph photo and a membership certificate signed by Troy
Pre-order now
for Mon 10 Oct 2005 release.
"Brighter Day"
The limited
available for the first 10k
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Pre-order this title before Mon 10 Oct 2005 and Sanity website will give you
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Limited Edition 2CD set featuring 5 songs...including 'Bird On A Wire' with
Jimmy Barnes!
Featuring the new single 'Lonesome But Free' (co-written with Paul Kelly)
Album features guest harmony vocals from Jimmy Barnes, Kevin Bennett & Kasey
Track Listing: Disk 1
1.  Going Back Home
2.  Lonesome But Free
3.  Away From Here
4.  Time Is A Friend Of Mine
5.  Fisherman
6.  Getaway Car
7.  My Town
8.  Wanted Man
9.  Long As I Don't See You
10.  Family Farm
11.  Walking Away
12.  River Town
13.  Yellow Belly (Instrumental)
Disk 2
1.  Bird On A Wire (With Jimmy Barnes)
2.  Someday
3.  Long Black Veil
4.  Till I Gain Control Again (Live)
5.  Make The Most (Of Every Away Day With You) (Live)
Pre-order now for Mon 10 Oct 2005 release. Despatch to customer occurs at a
minimum of 1 working day after release date (release dates are subject to
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( message from Troy)
The new record is out 10th October and it's called "Brighter Day"
I  Reckon it's been the easiest to make Nash Chambers and I really worked well together as usual but this time we bunkered down and made the record at our own pace which really helped the flow of the whole thing and the results speak for themselves
Troy's Fishing Tip
Try some of the new soft tail lures for the flathead.  I get a fish just about every time I go out these days.  Never had more luck than this!!
9th October, Troy will release his 6th album, "Brighter Day"
featuring backing vocals by Jimmy Barnes and Kasey Chambers
bonus version of the hit duet, Bird On A Wire that Jimmy Barnes & Troy released

On 14th October, Troy and Sara will embark on a double bill tour that will take them right around Australia until June, 2006.  Following her history making win of 7 Golden Guitars at the 2004 Country Music Awards of Australia, Sara Storer has become one of the most sort-after performers in Australia.
Troy Cassar-Daley is one of Australia’s most respected and successful singer/songwriters.
Since his career took off with the release of his debut album, Beyond The Dancing, in 1994, Troy has toured with some of the biggest names in the world including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes and the Dixie Chicks.

Troy performed to a television audience of more than a billion when he sang Waltzing Matilda at the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup in 2003. And in the same year, he was honoured by the high rating television show, ‘This Is Your Life’ and received tributes from a variety of stars including Tommy Emmanuel, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Col Joye and Kasey Chambers.

On 9th October, Troy will release his 6th album, Brighter Day.  Already been hailed by media (who have received advance copies) as his best work to date, Brighter Day features backing vocals by Jimmy Barnes and Kasey Chambers as well as a bonus version of the hit duet, Bird On A Wire that Jimmy & Troy released earlier this year.
With the anticipation that sounds the release of Brighter Day and the double bill tour with Sara, there is no doubt that Troy’s star is set to shine even brighter into the future.    Click here for Sara Storer's Artist page
Hi Helen,
At the airport right now getting on the plane to LA then Nashville for a last lot of writing before I record
 The amount of ex pats that are in Nashville is incredible .  I will be catching up with Jedd, Catherine, Kylie, Mark Moffatt and Barry and Jewel Cohburn looking forward to seeing some good blue grass as well
take care
Troy is very happy to be involved in Jimmy Barnes album "Double Happiness"
It consists of great duets with Joe Cocker, Tina Turner and also Jimmy's children.
Troy did a show on SBS called "Rockwiz", he had a ball.  His team won and he was happy that he got some questions right.  At the end Troy and Ella Hooper, from Killing Heidi sang a rendition of "Islands in the Stream"
The Slim Dusty concert DVD that was done in Tamworth 2004 has Troy's son Clay dancing on stage at the end of the DVD

Troy at open air concert at Kilkiven Qld
from Sue Reynolds
Troy with Sue Reynolds
Troy performed at the open air concert at Kilkiven Qld.  (near Kingaroy) At Kilkiven (a tiny town) they have an annual horse ride that is organised and started by Fabian Webb (who is one of the Webb brothers that started the Gympie Muster).  This year 1015 horses and riders were attracted to the ride, from all over Australia.  A magnificent site to see when they paraded the main street.  This day culminated with a country concert at which Troy Cassar-Daley was the main star.  Troy was excellent, very classy.  He had two boys from Grafton in his band who played bass and drums.   Other artists were also very good including "Cold Turkey Band" (ex Blue Heelers)  and the high school bands from Gympie Country Music School of Excellence. 
Troy at Tamworth Reginal Entertainmaent Centre
Australia's leading country music star and Aria award winner Troy Cassar-Daley takes a break from his recording schedule to go on the road with mentor and country legend Brian Young, in a 1-hour documentary special screening on Thursday, April 14 at 8.30pm.

At 70, Brian Young is now one of the last travelling country showmen in Australia. For the last 30 years he has been touring the regional areas of central and northern Australia ­ performing in pubs, country towns and remote Aboriginal settlements.

Over the years numerous musicians have passed through Brian's touring band including Lindsay Butler, Beccy Cole, Tamara Stewart and Cassar-Daley. For many of these artists who are now pursuing successful solo careers, their time with Young was a rite of passage and an extraordinary musical apprenticeship.

This documentary features performance and behind the scenes footage of Cassar-Daley and Young on tour performing in the remote central desert communities of Hermansberg, Papunya and Mutitjulu and finally Alice Springs.

Re-living their time together on the road when Cassar-Daley was only 20 years of age they reflect on their music and the joys and difficulties of a touring life.

"The allure of the road can be extremely addictive... but it is very hard to maintain things in your family relationships... that is the biggest battle and it is the only real hole that music does leave." says Cassar-Daley.


Photo courtesy of Jesse Wright
Free ticket to Golden Guitar Awards for people who book in March.
Multi golden guitar winner Troy Cassar Daley has been confirmed as the star host on next year's Country Music Express train to Tamworth.

The popular entertainer will be joined by fellow Country Music stars including Felicity Urquhart, Ronni Rae Rivers, Grant Luhrs, JR Williams, Jeanette Wormald, Ian Muir, June Harrison and John Mathewson.

The artists will entertain passengers on board the sixth train to attend the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival from January 22nd to 31st, 2006.

And as an added incentive, people who book in March will receive a preferential seating ticket to the festival's premier event, the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, absolutely free.

The Country Music Express is the only train journey of its type in Australia.

Passengers enjoy ten days of world class Country Music on board the historic Southern Aurora and it becomes their motel while stabled in Tamworth, with 24 hour air-conditioning.

Director of Cross Country Express which runs the annual train from Melbourne to Tamworth, Mr Arthur Smith, said the train offered a unique experience to passengers.

"Each year it has grown in popularity and profile," he said.

"We are getting an increasing number of overseas enquiries."

"With motel accommodation booked out in Tamworth for the Country Music Festival, our train offers an affordable alternative to see one of Australia's iconic festivals."

The Country Music Express offers passengers a la carte dining en route, fully licensed saloon bars and free nightly entertainment while stabled in Tamworth.

Mr Smith said bookings for the Country Music Express train to Tamworth were already up on previous years and if enquiries continued at the same rate, he expected a full train of more than 120 passengers for the 2006 festival.

People interested in booking to qualify for the March special can ring 1300 780 660.
Jimmy Barnes is open to new ideas, and has invited Troy to join him on his new duets album, due for release shortly.   "Barnesy was blown away by Troy in the studio situation."
Troy Cassar-Daley, Kevin Bennett and Paul Kelly
On the very night that celebrated singer / songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley was performing one of two sold-out shows at the 1,100 capacity Twin Towns Services Club on the NSW / QLD border, he was being awarded in his absence the prestigious "Music Artist of the Year" at the "Deadlys".

Now in their 10th year, The "Deadlys" were held at the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House on October 25 and are a true reflection of the depth of Indigenous arts and culture in Australia.

Following several months of touring Australia in support of his critically acclaimed album "Borrowed & Blue", Troy will perform at two "Day On The Green" shows in NSW with Paul Kelly and Brisbane band George before getting ready for his concert at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre on Thursday 20th January, during the annual Country Music Festival. Both shows (2.00pm & 8.00pm) will be with eight times Golden Guitar winner, Sara Storer.

For further information...visit www.troycassardaley.com.au 
TROY CASSAR-DALEY has taken out Music Artist of the Year at the 2004 Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards (the "Deadlys").
Announced in Sydney last Wednesday, the Awards will be telecast on SBS tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 26). This year marks the Deadlys' 10th year.
One of the most popular announcements during the night came when the Band of the Year Deadly was awarded to country music stars The Donovans.
Current Australian Idol finalist Casey Donovan is a member of the family band when she isn't performing solo. Casey also took out the Deadly for Most Promising New Talent in Music award.
The Jimmy Little Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Music was presented to Mandawuy Yunupingu.

This week, Monday 26th, Troy Cassar-Daley took out the prestigious MO Award for “Male Country performer of the Year” for the second year running.

Over the past 2 years Troy has taken out a number of awards including 3 Golden Guitars, a Deadly award for Artist of the Year and now his second MO.

Troy is undoubtedly one of Australia's most talented and respected singer / songwriters and with his new album, "Borrowed & Blue" receiving 4 star reviews an all major publications across the country, the year ahead looks very bright indeed!

Currently Troy is touring his 5th album to enthusiastic audiences everywhere proving that he is also one of Australia's most impressive live acts!  
Click here for all country Mo Award info

Troy released his new album ‘BORROWED & BLUE’ in April

FACTORY MAN (Shane HOWARD) featuring Shane Howard
RIVER BOY (ff carter jnr)featuring Shane Howard
BIG CITY (Merle HAGGARD/D HOLLOWAY) featuring Dead Ringer Band
DARK END OF THE STREET (D PEN) featuring Ian Moss
I GOT A NAME (C Fox/D Gimbel)
I STILL MISS SOMEONE (J CASH/ R CASH JR) featuring Anne Kirkpatrick
WHY BABY WHY (George JONES/D EDWARDS) featuring Paul Kelly


Troy is going to the USA in September 2004 to tour with Tommy Emmanuel.
Troys CD Released
Troy has finished recording his new album, and it was released on Essence Records/EMI on April 19th. Entitled 'Borrowed & Blue, it's a collection of Troy's favourite songs - songs that have influenced him, been favourites of his live shows and songs that simply hold a very special place in his heart.

To add to the fun of recording tracks by some of the musical masters, such as Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Slim Dusty (to name a few) He's called in the musical expertise of some of his all time local musical hero's - with Shane Howard, Don Walker, Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, Anne Kirkpatrick and the Dead Ringer Band all contributing their talents.
Borrowed And Blue

As Troy Cassar-Daley himself testifies, there’s a time in an artist’s life when it’s perfectly appropriate to revisit some classics, to release an album of other people’s songs.

“I think every artist wants to do an album like this one,” Troy says, “but you have to feel comfortable in your musical skin before you do. I have never been happier with my music, so it felt like a very natural thing to do.”

That “natural thing” is Troy’s 5th studio album, Borrowed And Blue. Fourteen tracks running from the traditional to the contemporary, all are realised with nothing less than full-blown respect by this beloved Australian country performer, who brings the unmissable joy of the music fan to his renditions.

Produced by Nash Chambers and recorded by Jeff McCormack, Borrowed And Blue sees Troy enter the studio with a host of Australian legends, from rockers Ian Moss and Don Walker … to country cohorts Anne Kirkpatrick and Kasey Chambers … to that great Aussie storyteller who’s always jumping across genres, Paul Kelly.

Opening track “Factory Man” introduces us to the music of Goanna and a guest appearance by Shane Howard. The song sets the feel for a record that, while traversing continents in its choice of songs, is quietly and proudly Australian in tone. “Shane Howard for me, as a young Aboriginal kid growing up, was like a mentor – and I hadn’t even met him. He spoke of equality with song and he helped shape my way of thinking into something very positive.”

Onward from Shane Howard’s tale, Borrowed And Blue moves through tracks by such enduring country artists as Steve Earle and Willie Nelson – two who seem always to find a new audience with the emergence of each fresh musical generation.

Then there’s Tom Petty’s “Yer So Bad” – “It makes me feel like I’m 18 again,” laughs Troy – and old schoolers like Merle Haggard and George Jones, the latter mutually admired by both Troy and his backing vocalist here, Paul Kelly. Troy has of course collaborated with Paul before (on the Golden Guitar-winning track “I Wish I Was A Train”) and those few hours spent with Kelly recreating “Why Baby Why” was, as Troy tells in his liner notes, characterised by a “great vocal and Sunday arvo feed”.

“Paul Kelly has a habit of taking me to places with his songs that I never thought I could go,” says fan and friend Troy, echoing the thoughts of all of Kelly’s admirers. “He has a sympathetic heart and a sense of a well-lived-in soul, and that makes him bloody great in my books!” Not to mention a great partner to share a pair of Jones’ well-worn boots.

But Merle Haggard needn’t be jealous. For his track “Big City” Troy brought in his old friends from the Dead Ringer Band for vocal duties. But they’re not just included because they’re all mates or because band member Nash is his producer; Troy’s admiration for the family generally and for the hugely successful daughter of the clan, Kasey Chambers, is unquestionable. “I love to watch flowers bloom,” Troy says of Kasey, filled with pride. “She did not compromise, and that’s great.”

Troy Cassar Daley has chosen each of the tracks of Borrowed And Blue for the way they signpost his entire life. Like a series of his most significant diary entries, they run the range from his first country concerts at the age of only five or six to his time in young bands when he was a teen, from the years spent travelling Australia in his twenties playing cover versions in smoky bars to now - Troy as a successful, stand-alone artist.

One of the highlights of the album is Troy’s homage to his late friend Slim Dusty, “Losin’ My Blues Tonight”. Cassar-Daley has made no secret of his admiration for Australia’s greatest ever country performer and writes in the liner notes of Borrowed And Blue of the high esteem with which he regards the life and work of Slim and his wife Joy.

And in another connection to Australia’s favourite troubadour family, Slim and Joy’s daughter Anne Kirkpatrick also appears on the album. “Anne has been someone who gave me a lot of encouragement early in my career. She came all the way to Wyong and sang on three of the tracks on my first record
Was that Troy singing from the tape player on McLeod's Daughter?  Also singing in the background on "The Today Show" next day.
Troy has just finished recording his new album to be released on the Essence/EMI label in April.
The album is a collection of Troy's favourite songs according to a story on his website ( http://www.troycassardaley.com.au ), "songs that have influenced him, been favourites of his live shows and hold a very special place in his heart".

To add to "the fun of recording tracks paying homage to such musical masters as Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash and Slim Dusty (to name a few)" Troy called in the musical expertise of some of his all-time local musical heroes, with Shane Howard, Don Walker, Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, Anne Kirkpatrick and the Dead Ringer Band all contributing their talents.

The album was produced by Nash Chambers at Beach House Studios and the Music Cellar on the Central Coast. Musicians were Tim Wedde, Bill Chambers, Mick Albeck, Dave Ellis, Mark Myer, Mark Punch and Rod McCormack.
Troy singing at the Bluebird Cafe Nashville


"The spirit of the award is to recognize artists who are doing well in their own territories and not those artists who are achieving most of their success in the United States," said Jeff Walker, who heads the Global Markets Task Force. The 10 nominees designated from territories worldwide include:

Troy Cassar-Daley (Australia) has been making his mark on the Country Music scene in Australia and the U.S. since he was a teenager. In 1995, he won the Australian Recording Industry Award (ARIA) for Best Country Record and the 1996 Tamworth Golden Guitar Award for Best Male Vocal. He has toured Australia with Merle Haggard and LeAnn Rimes. In 1998, he added thee more Golden Guitar Awards (Best Male Vocal, Album of the Year and Best Video), two MO Awards and a second Country Music Association of Australia Entertainer of the Year Award. In 2000, he won Best Male Vocal and Song of the Year at the CMAA Awards for "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore."

Kasey Chambers (Australia) was signed to EMI Australia in 1998 and her first solo album, The Captain, which was released in the U.S., UK and Europe, has sold more than 300,000 copies in Australia earning her two ARIA Award for Country Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year in 2000. She had two sold-out national tours following her second album, Barricades.

Slim Dusty (Australia) had a career that spanned six decades and was one of the most awarded Australians, ever. He was the first Australian to receive a Gold record, the first to have an international hit record and the first singer in the world to have his voice beamed to earth from space when astronauts Bob Crippen and John Young played "Waltzing Matilda" in 1983 as the space shuttle passed over Australia. He won 35 Golden Guitars; more Gold and Platinum record awards than any other Australian artists; ARIA Awards including induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame; Gold and Platinum video awards; MBE and Order of Australia trophies; and he was one of the earliest inductees to the Country Music Roll of Renown. In 1999 he was named Father of the Year and Senior Australian of the Year. He was known as the "Historian of the Bush," but his songs and his stage performance reflected the changing face of Australia over half a century. He died Sept. 19 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 76.
Candidates for the Global Country Artist Award are chosen from artists nominated by CMA's international membership. The winner will be invited to accept the honor at 2004 CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair® in June and perform on the Greased Lightning(tm) Riverfront Park Stages. Lee Kernaghan of Australia received the award in 2003.

TROY CASSAR-DALEY and Todd Williams were successful at this year's Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards.  Troy was named Male Artist of the Year while Todd, the reigning Toyota Star Maker winner, took home Country Artist of the Year.

Long-time partners Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter were honoured with a Deadly for their contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, while the kids from Wilcannia, the Wilcannia Mob, won a Deadly for Single Release of the Year, for their song Down River.

The Deadlys were presented in a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House last week.

Mick Albeck , Troy Cassar-Daley and Chris Haigh relaxing after gig

Lee Kernaghan and Troy Cassar-Daley dominated the 2003 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth, leading a charge firmly held by Australian country music¹s new guard.
Troy took the stage three times picking up Golden Guitars for APRA Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year with his song Born To Survive and Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Paul Kelly and their recording of Wish I Was A Train, both tracks from Troy¹s latest album Long Way Home, his first for Nash Chambers¹ new record label Essence.


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Troy Cassar-Daley released his new album "Long Way Home" on Monday May 20 2002 (fourth album for Troy who is 32) also the first release on Nash Chambers' new label Essence " (Nash has always wanted to produce an album for Troy).   Co-writing partners were Ross Wilson (former front man for Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock), Kevin Bennett (front man for The Flood), Mark Moffatt (producer of Yothu Yindi and Anne Kirkpatrick), Paul Begaud (Everything I Do) and legend Paul Kelly.   The musicians on the CD with Troy are Rod McCormack, Mark Punch, John Watson (drummer) and bass Jeff McCormack and Chris Haigh.   This will be a great album for your collection.

“40 MILES is my favourite song at the moment and Troy will always be my favourite Australian male country singer”.
“He has a great voice, is a good guitarist and is intimately involved with country music.”
“I’ve always been a huge fan, Troy is among the best singers this country has ever produced”         
                 NASH CHAMBERS
Great photos of Troy having a good time
One of Troy's favourite hobbies.  His smile is nearly as big as the fish.
What a beauty!!
Troy and the guys at the Recording studio

Troy Recording

One of Australia's most active and successful producers, Nash Chambers, this week announced the launch of his new record label, 'Essence'.     In his relatively brief time working as a producer, Nash has been responsible for 2 of the biggest selling and critically acclaimed albums of the past 3 years in the form of Kasey Chamber's 'The Captain' and the 2001, 'Barricades and Brickwalls'.

It is fitting therefore that Nash chose to sign one of Australia's most respected singer / songwriters, Troy Cassar-Daley, to announce the arrival of his roots based record label.    In speaking about his reasons for signing Troy Nash said "I've always been a huge fan. Troy is among the best singers this country has ever produced," Chambers believes. "I also feel he's exploring a more progressive side with his new material, yet it's still very much from his roots."

And the feeling is mutual. In commenting about the deal Troy said "Working with Nash came at the right time for me. I've known him for a lot of years and he comes from the right stock to produce music with integrity and heart. So the opportunity to also sign a record deal with him was a real bonus as it meant that for the first time I have some real input into the process."

In the time that Troy and Nash have spent working together in the studio they have developed a strong relationship based on trust and mutual respect. The result has been a far more organic and relaxed approach to the whole recording process now clearly evident in the music.

Troy's 4th album was released through Essence and distributed by EMI Music in March / April 2002

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