There are few artists who can claim the kind of accolades Troy Cassar-Daley has amassed during his career. A hugely successful artist, loved by country music fans across Australia, he is acknowledged as a true country superstar. He has appeared in film and television and recorded in studios from Tamworth to Los Angeles and Nashville; yet through it all, he remains an unassuming man, deeply committed to his family and to his craft.
Troy is a man who believes profoundly in community and giving back to the industry, a proud member of the Bundjalung nation, he has a true connection to his land and people.
Across his career, Troy has collected a slew of awards, including four Arias, 32 Golden Guitars, two APRA Country Song of the Year Awards, nine Deadlys and four CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards. He has sold in excess of 450,000 albums and received gold and platinum records.
Troy kick-started his career with his acclaimed debut album “Beyond the Dancing” (released in 1995), which earned him Country Music’s highest accolade – a Golden Guitar award for Best Male Vocalist. A further nine studio albums followed in the ensuing 20 plus years. As the power and timbre of his vocals continued to grow, so did his skills as a songwriter. His lyrics evoke a uniquely Australian perspective, documenting life in suburban back yards, city streets, country towns and the harsh land of the Australian outback – in a voice as human as it as real.
Throughout his career, Troy has collaborated with the cream of the Australian music industry, including Adam Harvey, Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss and The McClymonts. He has performed solo, with a band and even with the QLD Pops Orchestra, playing in venues from the Sydney Opera House to country rodeos. He has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Country Music, including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers and Glenn Frey.
THINGS I CARRY AROUND TOUR
There’s a singular line towards the middle of Troy Cassar-Daley’s majestic new album, Things I Carry Around that snags you like a sprig of barbed wire.
“I live the tales that I tell.”
This lies at the epicentre of what makes Troy probably this country’s preeminent and most important balladeer. He writes and sings about what he knows, without frill, without varnish, with a purity that somehow makes his experiences universal.
Troy is proud to present his new album Things I Carry Around live in concert with a very intimate presentation of the songs collated for the album, which is like opening up a large suitcase and having memories and family pictures and sounds and scents and tears and laughter and heartbreak all tumble out around you; a case full of life in all its variations. The songs were inspired through the process of gathering stories, the ones Troy’s fans have been waiting to hear – his own – in the book Things I Carry Around, published by Hachette Australia in August 2016.
“Telling stories has been a constant in my career for the last 30 years, and I have been told stories by my family members past and present all my life. The ones I share with you on this tour are incredibly personal and sometimes confronting for me to tell. Let’s take the journey together, one on one as I reveal the Things I Carry Around. One yarn at a time.”
Across his 30-year career, Troy Cassar-Daley has collected a slew of awards, including four ARIA’s, 32 Golden Guitars, two APRA Song of the Year Awards, nine Deadlys and four CMAA Entertainer of the Year Awards. Troy has sold in excess of 450,000 albums and has received gold and platinum records.
“Troy’s a true gentleman, warm and genuine, always a pleasure to be around. He sings straight from his heart and straight from the heart of his country” – Paul Kelly
"Troy’s achievements are many, and perhaps the finest may be his ability to make us listen to his heart. Love, life, and laughter could be Troy’s motto, but his songs and their stories delve deep into reality." - Joy McKean
The Things I Carry Around tour will be an unforgettable not to be missed concert experience for Troy Cassar-Daley fans.
With a career spanning almost twenty years, half a million album sales, gold and platinum albums and eight Golden Guitar Awards, Adam Harvey is one of Australia’s most popular & enduring recording artists.
Adam was presented with the CMA Global Country Artist Award in 2007, and has been awarded a Centenary Medal for his charity work. Adam is an Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation, and the McGrath Foundation. He is very passionate about his charity work and continues to raise funds for several charity organizations in Australia.
Following the outstanding success of The Great Country Songbook, his platinum selling album with Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam released his "Harvey's Bar" album and toured the country to sell out crowds and rave reviews.
Adam has just finished recording his next project "The Great Country Songbook Volume 2" due for release on Sony Music in April 2017. This is a duets album with female country star Beccy Cole.
Adam and Beccy will begin their Australian tour in May.
For more information on tour dates or latest news go to: www.adamharvey.com.au
“It's real life. It's a positive album, but I'm also saying there are hard times, but if you take it one day at a time you can have your happy
GOLDEN Guitar winner Amber Lawrence has released the most mature album of her career, Happy Ever After.
into dark places she's not trawled before, the 12-track Happy Ever After, is not all about fairy tales – it's a whole lot of positivity with a strong dose of reality that life is never perfect.
“I think all my albums have been written through the eyes of a 17-year-old and have been really hopeful, but it's time to start looking at my life through the eyes of a 37-year-old,” the singer-songwriter said. “It's real life. It's a positive album, but I'm also saying there are hard times that we go through, but if you take it one day at a time you can have your happy ever after.”
With Shane Nicholson in the production seat (ARIA and Golden Guitar Winner), Happy Ever After comes from a place where the 2015 Female Artist of the Year and CMC Oz Artist of the Year is so comfortable that she made the album she wanted to make, a reflective album, an honest album with integrity. The songs are carried on a bed of modern and fresh country music that allows Lawrence's vocals to shine without over-production impeding, giving the listener space to connect with the lyrics.
“This is about me purely going, 'well, I don't really care, this is what happened',” she said.
“You get older and the rose-coloured glasses come off. I wrote plenty of other lightweight poppy songs, but I felt the darker songs needed to be there.”
The songs, written between Nashville and Australia, are personal, but the themes are universal, allowing listeners to relate the tracks to their own lives. The most personal track on the album is ‘The Lucky One’ which has Lawrence delving into the dark times her family has experienced with the loss of her father to leukaemia, but recognising her family will always live in her songs.
“People my age have experienced the sadness of packing up a parent's stuff or a grandparent's stuff and not wanted to throw it all away, but the happy part is that I'll always have them in my life and my songs,” she said. “It comes back to that feeling that life is not perfect, but I'm still thankful for all the imperfections and family being the reason you can keep on keeping on.”
Lawrence celebrates strong women with Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden in ‘Cheers to the Girls’ – a rousing track that deals with bullying and domestic violence, but also empowerment without resorting to man-bashing. “I felt they (Catherine and Fanny) carried the message in the same way I do,” she said.
Another uplifting track is ‘Champion’,
a love song based around the metaphor of a boxer.
In the song, Lawrence is the boxer, and in her corner is her biggest supporter.
“We all have one of these people in our lives, whether it’s our friend, our partner, our mother, father or anyone – it’s the person you rely on to help you ‘go another round’,” she said.
One of the lighter themed tracks is ‘Un-complicate me’, a fun and free-flowing song. Lawrence wrote this with her Nashville co-writers, Bobby Huff and James Slater, about how a great relationship can see you feeling like life is less complicated. The beat behind this track celebrates all that's good about modern country. Other stand out tracks on the album include ‘Drive By Breakup’ (which likens a breakup to a drive by shooting), ‘Cash’ (pure country rock) and ‘Get Me Out of This’ (Lawrence’s first attempt at addressing lapsed religion in a song).
This is Lawrence's fifth studio album and her third release in the past 12 months. Most artists believe in releasing an album every two years, but the hard working singer-songwriter has released her live album Hometown Girl, children's album The Kid's Gone Country and rounded it off with Happy Ever After in the past 12 months. She credits her hardworking nature to having spent 9 years working in the corporate world before ‘throwing it all in’ to become a full time singer. “I work hard because I know how lucky I am, I have the world’s best job, and I never take that for granted”
Through her music, Lawrence continues to inspire and encourage people to chase their dreams.
“I'm an example of someone who didn't have this career path given to them easily - I wasn't necessarily born to do what I am doing now. It came about through reflection and self-belief that I don't have to do what other people think I should.”
Lawrence is spreading the message that people don't have to do what they think they're meant to do, but have the choice to do what drives them get out of bed in the morning. The former Qantas accountant said she'd be earning more money if she had stayed in the business world, but she would still be wondering if she could make it as an artist.
“People say to me they wish they could change their lives and you actually can, it just takes facing that fear,” she said. “I'm just passionate about that – it's your choice, not because you were born lucky.”
The defining moment for the singer-songwriter was when her first album was a Golden Guitar finalist in 2008. “That was validation for me that maybe I'm not just a hobbyist, maybe I could be good at it,” Lawrence said.
As well as making new music, Lawrence is spreading her message via a new radio initiative and as the family ambassador for the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The award-winning artist is hosting the country arm of iHeart Radio in Australia doing a one-hour program each week that goes behind-the-scenes uncovering things listeners may not know about artists. In her ambassadorial role, the proud Sydney girl is spreading the word that the Tamworth festival is a family-friendly event and encouraging families to spend a few days in the country, check out the award-winning Tamworth Regional Playground and to soak up country music. “It's a great role for me and exactly where I want to be,” she said.
Following the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Lawrence will hit the road with Catherine Britt and special guest, Fanny Lumsden to travel the nation in the first half of 2017.
For an artist who wants to be the one people think of when they think 'Australian country music', Lawrence is headed in the right direction to create her own Happy Ever After. Positive, deep, dark, light and mature, Happy Ever After is out September 30 and available for pre-order from August 22.