Her name is Augusta, but you can call her “Gus." Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on a solid diet of eclectic music acts such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Shania Twain, shaped her unique country-rock sound. This sound, accompanying her incredible vocal talent, honest/soulful/hand-crafted songs mixed with an energetic, engaging stage presence, has made her the darlin’ of the stage everywhere she goes.
For the past eight years, Gus has been splitting her time between her home in Nashville and her home in Toronto. When she’s not in writing sessions or studio sessions bringing her song babies to life, she spends much of her time travelling and performing for Canadian and American country/rock music fans, sharing stages with notable country acts such as Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, Cam, Michael Ray, Toby Keith, Jess Moskaluke, Brett Kissel and Tim Hicks among others. In the summer of 2017, Augusta was invited to perform at Summerfest; The World's Largest Music Festival, for the second year in a row. She performed among acts such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kool and The Gang, Elle King, Def Leppard, and Paul McCartney.
During Augusta’s time in Nashville, not only has there been a buzz around her captivating stage shows, but she has established quite a name for herself as a songwriter in town. In 2016 and 2017, Augusta was awarded both songwriter of the year and female artist of the year by the North American Country Music Association International. She currently has songs on hold by major label artists, and is constantly working on new material to add to her non-genre specific, lengthy catalogue. Most recently, in November of 2019, Augusta was invited to make her debut at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville.
“I never really understood what the hype was all about... NOW I get it... Countless legends have graced this stage // Writers I’ve looked up to my whole life... Some of my favourite country music couples have found love in that room... The place truly is magic. Now, it’s finally my turn. I’ve been invited to play this legendary room, and it could very well be one of the coolest accomplishments I’ve had thus far in my career, as a writer of songs.”
Want to learn more about Gus? Listen to one of her latest releases, entitled 'VAGABOND.’ This autobiographical song of hers is a true testament to who she is as an artist, and person:
“I don’t write enough songs about myself” says Augusta. “Sometimes, I can be so focused on what everyone around me is doing, that I focus on being inspired by their lives, and forget that my life too can be inspiring/interesting enough to write a song about.
“Vagabond” was that song for me- the song that broke the curse of writing about other people’s lives. For anyone that doesn’t know me and my music, this is the perfect song to give you an introduction into who the heck I am. To the travelers, and rolling stones that’ve been known to gather no moss, this song is for you! And to those that have been too afraid to find love in a world that seems like it moves too fast sometimes … I wrote this for you! Here’s to all the “Stevie Nicks Enthusiasts’ that aren’t afraid to put a little rock 'n roll in their country. Here’s to the Vagabonds just like me."