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Coast To Coast Closeup – Augusta Ray

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October 2, 2020 at 5:06 am - 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

Her name is Augusta Ray, 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. 

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