Chanteur Country US né James Allen Otto, le 29 Juillet 1973 à Fort Lewis (Washington).
A country singer and songwriter with a Southern rock heart, James Otto was born into a military family at the Fort Louis Army Base in Washington and grew up all over the U.S., including extended stays in North Dakota and Alabama. He started singing when he was only four years old, and learned both violin and saxophone before getting his first guitar at the age of 13. Both his father and grandfather were part-time musicians who played gigs in local bars, so music was hardly a foreign thing to Otto, but it wasn't until he spent time with his mother in Sand Mountain, AL, that he really discovered the joys of country music. After graduating from high school, Otto did a two-year stint in the U.S. Navy and, following his release from active service, he moved to Nashville in 1998, attending various songwriting nights at the clubs there, soon falling in with the so-called MuzikMafia, a feisty group of writers and musicians that included Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, who became the central players in a CMT reality show called MuzikMafia TV. The exposure landed Otto a record deal with Mercury Nashville and he released a handful of singles and an album, 2002's Days of Our Lives, before being dropped by the label in 2004. Following a small screen role in Road House 2, he rebounded by signing with Raybaw Records, a Warner Bros. imprint, and releasing a second album, Sunset Man, produced by his brother-in-law (and Rascal Flatts member) Jay DeMarcus, in 2008. Sunset Man generated one big hit with the chart-topping “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” and raised Otto’s profile considerably, leading to several co-writing gigs including authoring Jamey Johnson’s “In Color,” which won Song of the Year at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards. Otto returned with his third album, Shake What God Gave Ya, in the fall of 2010.
Talents : Singer, Guitar, Songwriter
Style musical : Americana, Contemporary Country, Progressive Country
Years in activity :
Singles & EP
|2002||SP MERCURY 088 172 244-7 (US)||.||The Ball / Long Way Down|
|2003||SP MERCURY B0001402-21 (US)||.||Days Of Our Lives / The Ball|
|10/2003||CD MERCURY 000150032 (US)||Days Of Our Lives / The Ball / James OTTO Talks About "Days Of Our Lives"|
|03/2004||CD MERCURY 000211002 (US)||DAYS OF OUR LIVES - Long Way Down / Gone / Misspent Youth / Miss Temptation / Sunday Morning and Saturday Night / Song Of The Violin / She Knows / Days Of Our Lives / The Last Thing I Do / The Ball / Lowdown On The Highlife / Never Say Goodbye|
|04/2008||CD WARNER / REPRISE 49907 (US)||SUNSET MAN - Ain't Gonna Stop / Just Got Started Lovin' You / For You / These Are The Good Ole Days / Where Angels Hang Around / Sunset Man / You Don't Act Like My Woman / When A Woman's Not Watching / Drink & Dial / Damn Right / The Man That I Am|
|09/2010||CD WARNER BROS. 519615 (US)||SHAKE WHAT GOD GAVE YA - Are Ya With Me / Groovy Little Summer Song / Lover Man / Soldiers & Jesus / Love Don't Cost A Thing / Sun Comes 'Round Again / Shake What God Gave Ya / It's A Good Time (For A Good Time) / Just Like Sunshine / Let's Just Let Go / She Comes To Me / Good Thing's Gone Bad|
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