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“Empress and the Prairie Girl” – Composed by Cameron Austin

It is my great pleasure to share with you singer, songwriter and now author, Cameron Austin and his story “Empress and the Prairie Girl.”


Cameron is another wonderful and long time teacher with the Simcoe County District School Board. I have had the pleasure of working with Cameron for three years now, beginning early in my teaching career when I first moved to Barrie. Sharing a passion for creativity we spend many lunch breaks in the staffroom collaborating on ideas of art and music. Aside from teaching, Cameron’s passion is music. He has recorded two albums and is in the process of recording his third. Musically inspired and influenced by artists such as Glen Campbell, Ryan Adams, Mark Knopfler, and John Hiatt, Cameron’s music is rich with the sounds of folk rock and Americana.

Together Cameron, IC Publishing and myself are transforming one of the songs on his third album into book form. Set in the backdrop of the golden prairies Cameron’s lyrical words tell a story of the connection between a little girl and a wild horse. Chalked full of messages ready to be interpreted by its readers this story takes you on a journey of love, friendship, and the passage of time. The images we are creating beautifully meld together old with new, then with now. They seem to be lost in time, floating on the Prairie horizon.

I am so excited to be apart of this beautiful project and cannot wait to see the final product. Follow my Instagram and Facebook page to see the illustration process unfolding. Visit the IC Bookstore for more about Cameron and “Empress and the Prairie Girl.”

You can find Cameron on Facebook to get updates on the book and his new album release date! His music can be purchased on iTunes and CD Baby. Check him out and stay tuned for details of when you can get your own copy of “Empress and the Prairie Girl” – COMING SOON!

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