Grafton-raised Luke Austen will follow in the footsteps of Troy Cassar-Daley and Sam McClymont and head to Tamworth in January for the 2010 Toyota Star Maker competition.
Grafton-raised Luke Austen will follow in the footsteps of Troy Cassar-Daley and Sam McClymont and head to Tamworth in January for the 2010 Toyota Star Maker competition.

Star on the rise

AFTER almost a decade of honing and perfecting his craft, Grafton-raised Luke Austen decided to enter the 2010 Toyota Star Maker and ‘happened’ to make the top 20.

The 28-year-old country musician started out in Grafton playing in bands with locals such as recent Australian Idol contender Adam Eckersley, and even though he now calls Brisbane home, he still flies the Grafton flag.

“Grafton is my home town and I am really proud of that,” Luke said.

“I still love the area and have lived there on and off for the majority of my life.”

For the past six years, Luke has been a part of fellow Graftonian Troy Cassar-Daley’s band and has toured with him all over the country.

“I have been lucky to have the opportunity to be a musician and learn from one of the industry’s greatest and most celebrated performers. Playing with Troy for all of these years has really helped with my confidence and has made me a better artist,” he said.

Troy was also instrumental in helping kick-off Luke’s solo career and was more than willing to let the up-and-comer tap into his lengthy list of industry contacts.

“It was great. We were having a chat one day about me releasing an EP and he said I could use his personal studio for free and put me in touch with some great producers and the like. He has been really great to work with,” Luke said.

“I also co-wrote a track on Troy’s latest CD I Love This Place and that just won an ARIA, so it is all happening at once.”


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