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Getting to know Camryn Sproule
Special to The Morning Star
Camryn Sproule is a 15-year-old musician from Vernon. She has participated in Our Kids Have Talent multiple times.
Q: How did you become interested in music?
A: “I have always loved music and I have loved to sing since I was really little. My parents were big Jack Johnson fans and I think that subconsciously was my motivation to learn guitar. I didn’t really take it too seriously or expect to pursue music until I got a bit older.
“I started to write songs and began to perform around town. I discovered it was something I really enjoyed and wanted to keep doing.”
Q: What is it about music that interests you so much?
A: “Music is just something I find really powerful. It’s a way people can express themselves and relate to other people.
“I really like writing as well, so the lyrical aspect of music is really interesting to me.”
Q: What made you decide to audition for Our Kids Have Talent”?
A: “I decided to audition for my first time when I was 12-years-old to gain experience. I’ve continued to audition every year for the same reason and have met a lot of really talented people. This past year especially.”
Q: Do you get nervous before a performance or are you calm?
A: “I used to get really nervous before I performed but every time it gets easier. I’m pretty calm now, and as soon as I start playing, the nerves go away.”
Q: How do you warm-up before a performance?
A: “I don’t really have a regular warm-up before I perform. I just drink tons of water.”
Q: I saw you perform at Andrew Allen’s Home for the Holidays show. How was that experience for you?
A: “It was amazing. I had so much fun and got to work with extremely talented musicians. Being a part of a big production like that was a great opportunity to learn and meet people.”
Q: How old were you when you learned to play guitar?
A: “I was given my first guitar for Christmas when I was 11, and I took lessons for a couple of months. Since then I have just been teaching myself.”
Q: Do you have any friends or family that sing?
A: “One of my closest friends sings and plays guitar and we perform together all the time. My family is also very musical and a few of my relatives sing and play instruments.”
Q: What are your hobbies aside from music?
A: “I’m not very athletically gifted, so I just stick with my creative hobbies. I like to paint and draw. I also like to write.”
Q: Have you ever been to a big concert? If so, who was it?
A: “I went to see Mumford and Sons in Vancouver last year. It was a really good show.”
Q: When you are songwriting, where does the inspiration for the songs come from?
A: “It’s always different. It will usually come when you least expect. I find it really hard to just sit down and write a song, I almost always write songs without planning to at all.”
Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A: “Hopefully, I have a musical career. I would like to have made albums and performed in different places. I can see myself traveling a lot in future as well.”
Aniko Forgo is a Grade 12 Kalamalka Secondary School student who has conducted a series of Q&As with local musicians.