James Otto Biography
Country music sensation James Otto is back with his new single “Since You Brought It Up,” from his forthcoming new album due from Warner Bros. Records Nashville this fall. The track was co-written by Otto with Rivers Rutherford and Dave Berg, and co-produced by Otto and Grammy Award-winning record producer and session guitarist Paul Worley (Big & Rich, Dixie Chicks). “It is just a pleasure to get to work with Paul Worley because he has been such a major part of my career,” Otto says. “He signed me to Warner Bros. Records and now we get to work together as a producer team, which is awesome.”
Otto's debut Warner Bros. Records release Sunset Man, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, scored three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and remained in the Top 5 Country Albums chart for six weeks after its release in April 2008. James co-wrote nine of Sunset Man’s 11 tracks and co-produced the CD with Big & Rich’s John Rich and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus. The album’s first single, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” was the Most Played Single of 2008 at Country radio and Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Country Song of 2008. The track was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. James was also an ACM Award winner in the Song of the Year category as a co-writer for Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” (a track that also earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song). In addition, he was nominated in the Top New Male Vocalist category at the ACM Awards and in the New Artist of the Year category at CMA Awards. Sunset Man has sold almost 400,000 copies.