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“You can call me Gus, I don’t mind”. But her name is Augusta Campoli and the 14 year old country singer/songwriter doesn’t mind repeating the name to make sure audiences get it. Whether she is performing in Canada or in Nashville, Gus has an air of calm and confidence in her music and in herself. “I have a song called “Honesty” and it says, “I’m happy being me”. That about sums it up”.
Augusta started with a focus on classical music but the heart wants what it wants. Country music captured her heart hard and fast and simply wouldn’t let go. “It’s the stories, the pure melodies, the real life, down to earth feel of the sound that I love. It just feels like me” she says, “and it’s a great genre for girls to speak their minds. There are so many amazing women in country”. Some of Augusta’s musical influences are Shania Twain, Leann Rimes, Patsy Cline & Reba McIntyre. “Hey, I’m inspired by boys too. They make great subjects for songs,” she laughs.
Augusta has been very focused on live performance in the last two years. She has played including recent shows at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Richard’s Café in Nashville with stops in Kingston, Ottawa, Lindsay and as part of the Texaco Country Showdown in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This summer she is headed back to Nashville to play and write new material: “Writing songs is a huge part of my life. At my age it’s the only way to tell stories that really represent how I’m feeling and what I’m going through.”
Old soul may be the most over used phrase to describe young artists. Augusta has grown up dreams and expectations but is in everyway a teenager. She says “Some kids dream of the NHL. I dream of the Grand Ole’ Opry. It’s all good. The only way to get there is one song at a time”.