James Otto

James Otto Biography

"There are a lot of people out there who think music isn't speaking to them anymore," says James Otto. "People who grew up on Bob Seger, James Taylor, The Allman Brothers Band or Hank Williams Jr. -- those are the artists I love, so I hope what I'm doing speaks to their audience." His remedy comes in the form of a debut album brimming with straight-ahead passion -- a hard-driving, soulful project that reflects a lifetime of immersion in country and rock's most genuine music. "This is not musical Prozac," says James with the same earnestness he brings to his music. "It's me passionately trying to get across a piece of myself, sharing some truth I've learned, trying to make you feel something. My objective was to make great music that moved me, and hopefully it will move other people." James worked with producers Scott Parker and Mark Wright on his debut album. The record's musical passion is matched with a lyrical approach that James, who wrote half of the album's twelve songs, drew from his own life.

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