Troy Cassar-Daley is one of Australia's most popular modern country musicians. He is known for his down-to-earth charm, his duets with iconic performers such as Slim Dusty and Jimmy Barnes and his appearances on the television show It Takes Two.
Cassar-Daley was born to an aboriginal mother and a Maltese father and spent his childhood split between them. With his mother he lived in the town of Grafton, in country New South Wales. With his father he lived in Sydney, the state's capital city. Somewhere between the two he visited the Tamworth Country Music Festival as a boy and found his life permanently changed. Soon after, he taught himself the guitar and was busking outside a music shop, although he only knew four songs and had to repeat them to fill the 15 minutes the store allowed him.
As a teenager, Cassar-Daley formed a band called Little Eagle, who made the top ten finalists of Tamworth's Star Maker Quest and later won the Search for a Star competition. After touring outback Australia with Brian Young, he returned to Grafton to become lead singer of the Blue Heeler Band, filling a position vacated by James Blundell, who went on to a successful solo career.
Cassar-Daley recorded the song "Dream Out Loud" without the aid of a band, and it was released by Sony Music in 1995. It rose to number one on the Australian country music charts and was quickly followed by his popular album Beyond the Dancing, which won the ARIA Award for Best Country Record and a Golden Guitar for Best Male Vocal at Tamworth.
His follow-up, 1997's True Believer, won him three more Golden Guitars. Each successive release would win him more accolades and he was a regular at Tamworth with Big River in 1999, Long Way Home in 2002, Borrowed & Blue -- which featured several covers and duets, including songs with Paul Kelly and Ian Moss -- in 2004, and Brighter Day in 2005.
Cassar-Daley appeared on two seasons of It Takes Two, a televised singing competition that pairs professional performers with celebrities. In 2007 he released a greatest-hits collection named after his song "Born to Survive." ~ Jody Macgregor, Rovi