Meet the 2014 AMPED Music Contest Finalists: Cayla Madison, 'Lullaby'

At 15, Cayla Madison has discovered that making music is far more satisfying when the songs she sings are her own. Although Lullaby, the song she entered in this year’s AMPED Music Contest, was inspired by abuse endured by a friend, much of her music is composed with less serious aspirations.

“When people hear my music, I want them to laugh,” she said. “I want them to have fun, to dance. I love writing, but I really enjoy that reaction. I love making someone smile.”

Madison said she looks to Carrie Underwood as both an influence and inspiration. She said she is her favorite artist not just because of her commanding way around a song, but also because of her approach to music.

“She’s always putting her faith into her music, and I love that,” she said. “It’s what I always try to do.”


This year’s AMPED Music Contest finalists range in age from a young diva not yet able to apply for a driver’s license to a drummer who chooses to spend his retirement rocking. They range in experience from nearly novice to seasoned musicians who have played together for many years.

What they have in common is talent, commitment and the creative urge required to create musical moments.

Before they take the stage in front of our panel of judges at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival’s Community Stage, we’d like to introduce each and encourage everyone to come root for your favorite.