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Laurel Edwards

Laurel Edwards

Laurel Edwards


Wander into Laurel Edwards’ kitchen any evening, and you’re likely to be greeted with an impromptu concert - complete with singer/songwriter husband Troy Cassar-Daley on guitar, Laurel singing at the top of her voice, and youngsters Clay and Jem dancing around the room. She may be one of Queensland’s best-known media personalities - through her top-rating breakfast radio program on 4KQ and weekly appearances on the TV lifestyle show The Great Southeast - but Laurel’s true passion is music. Read more on Last.fm
Wander into Laurel Edwards’ kitchen any evening, and you’re likely to be greeted with an impromptu concert - complete with singer/songwriter husband Troy Cassar-Daley on guitar, Laurel singing at the top of her voice, and youngsters Clay and Jem dancing around the room. She may be one of Queensland’s best-known media personalities - through her top-rating breakfast radio program on 4KQ and weekly appearances on the TV lifestyle show The Great Southeast - but Laurel’s true passion is music. “So much else has happened over the past 8 years that my musical career has virtually been put on hold, but that’s where I started out, and that’s where my heart will always be,” she said. It’s been 8 years since Laurel Edwards released her single, “Little Girl’s Dreams” -which secured Laurel a Best New Talent nomination and a song that’s now a staple for youngsters in talent quests around the nation. In that time, she’s become a mum twice over, and lived a lot of life. And it’s this more mature, confident Laurel Edwards who’s launched herself back into the music industry with a sensational new album, When a Heart Learns to Fly.

“Whilst it sometimes felt I’d never get back to music, I think I’ve now got a lot more to offer. As you mature, you have a very different view of the world,” Laurel said. “In a way, I’m more confident now - once you’ve had kids, you’re not so afraid to take risks. Nothing fazes me now!” Not that Laurel has ever been afraid to venture into the spotlight.

Her stellar media career over the past decade has included her consistently popular breakfast radio show on Brisbane commercial radio - which she’s now co-hosted for 12 years - as well as a successful TV career which began when she hosted a number of children’s television shows. She’s since done a three-month stint on Hey Hey It’s Saturday and has been a favourite presenter on The Great South East since it began in 1998. She also co-hosted the Golden Guitar Awards for the Seven Network for several years. Laurel set aside a bright future as a singer to pursue her media career.

Ironically, she can boast that she beat future husband Troy Cassar-Daley into second place at the Gympie Muster Talent Search in 1991. The pair - still to find the romantic chemistry that later brought them together - later competed (although in different years, and without success in either case) in the finals of the Star Maker Quest. But now the time has come to pick up the reins once more and get back into the musical saddle. The first single from When a Heart Learns to Fly, “C’Mon Down”, has already become a radio favourite, and looks set to take Laurel Edwards back on to the country charts once more.

“It’s a feel-good song that Troy and I wrote in our front yard while the kids were running around, playing. It makes me smile every time I hear it,” Laurel said. There’s no doubt that Laurel Edwards will keep on singing in the kitchen - but a much wider audience will soon want to hear her as well. Read more on Last.fm.

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