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    James Otto

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Damn Right lyrics
    2For You lyrics
    3Let's Just Let Go lyrics
    4Song Of The Violin lyrics
    5Just Like Sunshine lyrics
    6You Don't Act Like My Woman lyrics
    7It's A Good Time lyrics
    8She Comes To Me lyrics
    9Just Got Started Lovin' You lyrics
    10Sun Comes 'round Again lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Days of Our Lives [2004]
    2Sunset Man [2008]
    3Shake What God Gave Ya [2010]


    Born on the Fort Lewis Army Base in Washington State, James Otto's musical odyssey began when he started singing at age 4. The natural musician played violin briefly and spent five years playing saxophone, but what he really wanted was a guitar.

    When Otto went to live with his father at the age of 13, he got one.

    "My father showed me G, C and D," says Otto, "and the next day, I was playing along with Van Halen. From that moment, it's been a hunger, wanting to be as good as I could be."

    But Van Halen wasn't the only group Otto was drawn to. He also loved the country rock of Hank Williams Jr. and Alabama and the outlaw music of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. In high school, Otto heard the rocking blues of Travis Tritt and the Kentucky Headhunters, and the strapping football player decided he'd turn in his uniform and make music his focus.

    After high school, Otto joined the Navy for two years. He was following in the military footsteps of his grandfather and his father (an Airborne Ranger), who is still an Army drill sergeant. Following his military duty, Otto started playing full time in bands all over the Northwest. It was an honest living, but the singer-songwriter grew tired of playing cover songs and being background music in noisy bars. He sold almost everything he owned and moved to Nashville in 1998.

    When he arrived, he attended every writer's night he could find and was overwhelmed by the talented songwriters he heard. "Those writers shaped me," he says. "By watching them, I figured out how they mesmerize a crowd with their words and the way they deliver a song. That changed me from being a club singer that does covers and tries to write on the weekend to someone who really strives to create their own art."

    Eventually people started coming to see Otto at those writers' nights, and before long, he had inked a deal with Mercury records Nashville. James recorded his debut album and found his way on tour with Shania Twain, who asked him to open shows on the U.S. leg of her 2003-2004 Up! tour.

    Realizing that he had evolved as a musician, James put the first record behind him. With this new perspective he set out to show his wares live every Tuesday night with what is now known at The Muzik Mafia. James played every Tuesday night with his friends Big and Rich, Gretchen Wilson, John Nicholson and others. He collaborated with his friends and tried his new material on the growing crowds that the Muzik Mafia had started to draw. Soon James came to a place of clarity about his musical direction and the new music reflected just that! Now on tour with The American Revolution Arena tour featuring Big and Rich and Gretchen Wilson, Jon Nicholson and, of course, James Otto.

    James is currently writing the songs for his new record entitled "The Otto Show" to be recorded this December-January with John Rich as producer. "The Otto Show" will spawn a single to radio in Feb-March. James will be seen nationally on CMT's new series, The Muzik Mafia Show, starting in late January. He will also be a part of the 60 minute special in December. 2005 is looks very promising for this musician who, with the help of his extended family, has become one of Nashville's most likely to succeed.

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