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Coast To Coast Closeup – Don Amero

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July 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Home, Coast to Coast Closeup
By Cal Gratton

The Coast To Coast Closeup is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt.  

With the release of his 2018 album, EVOLUTION, Don Amero  stepped into the mainstream country music genre with brand new material that he considers his strongest yet. Don is an engaging storyteller, songwriter and performer who has been touring and speaking all across Canada for over 10 years. With 7 albums to his name he has already garnered numerous national and international awards, including a JUNO nomination in 2013 and two more in 2016.

Raised in the notoriously tough north end of Winnipeg, Don faced his share of adversity growing up. Yet, despite the poverty, gangs, drugs and violence that surrounded him, his life was tempered by love and support that held him up enabling him to thrive beyond those struggles and find his passion in music.

When Don was 14 years old he walked into an audition and soon discovered that he had a gift for music. His intention when auditioning for the musical was to catch the eye of his Jr. High crush, but instead he landed the lead role in that years play as ‘Curly’ in ‘Oklahoma’.

Around that same time Don’s personal life was in turmoil as his family was breaking apart, but somehow he found solace in learning how to play music on his father’s old guitar.

The music he was learning to play resonated with his souls longing and inner pain. It became his therapy and over the years Don’s passion grew and his focus as an artist has been to create music that he hopes will be medicine for others.

It wasn’t until he was 27 years old when he gave music his best shot. He was working as a hardwood floor installer and his boss plainly asked what he wanted to do with his life, without hesitation Don replied, “I want to be a touring musician and do music full time”, his boss said,”What are you waiting for!?”. That shook Don, but he realized that he’d been waiting for someone else to give him a shot. With that, Don quit his job and began the journey into a career in music.

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