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James Otto

Friday, November 16, 2018, 7:30 PM


There's a certain chemistry that happens when a great vocalist collides with a hit song. Magic just explodes from the speakers and the impact is undeniable. It's a phenomenon James Otto knows well. His breakthrough hit, "Just Got Started Lovin' You," topped the country chart and was the Most Played Country Single of the Year in 2008, according to Billboard magazine. Otto's bluesy, muscular voice and dynamic stage presence earned him the respect of industry gatekeepers and the adoration of legions of country music fans. However, there's more to life than chart success and constant touring. Real country music is fed by life experience and Otto stepped away from the spotlight to focus on family and pour his life into a new season of songwriting. Now he's returned to recording with an infectious new single, "Somewhere Tonight," that reveals a renewed commitment to creating his own unique brand of country music. "I really wanted to grab people's attention with something that's completely different from what they were used to hearing from me," Otto says. "That's why I gravitated towards cutting it. I've probably written several hundred songs in the last couple years. I really wanted to find something that was fresh for me; that felt like a new take on what I do. I felt like this song was the answer." During his self-imposed hiatus, Otto penned hundreds of songs, but he says when he co-wrote "Somewhere Tonight," he knew there was something special, and when he began performing it in his shows, that hunch was confirmed. "I watched the reaction of the crowd. It was obvious that 'Somewhere Tonight' moved people instantly," he relates. "They didn't know the song. They weren't told it was a new single. It was just a song I was playing and you could just see the movement when that song hit the crowd, and I thought, 'Okay, this feels really good and it's fun to do.' And that's what I want. I want to have a song that you can't ignore, that makes your head move, that makes you want to move, and that's exactly what it did." In listening to "Somewhere Tonight," the groove is undeniable and Otto found fans embracing the message in the lyric. "We all get into ruts in life, especially with kids and all of life's obligations," he says. "With all the things that happen in life, sometimes you just need to break out and that's exactly what this song is about. It's saying, 'I just want to go somewhere tonight. I wanna forget about all the stress and pressure at work and the busy schedules. I just want to get out, and have some fun.'" Otto has always had an uncanny ability to write songs that give voice to the hopes, dreams and simple desires of his audience. It's a gift he began developing early in life. "I have lived in lots of different places growing up. So when people ask me where I'm from, I actually have a hard time answering, because it's just not that straightforward. I was born in Washington State on the Fort Lewis Army base. My parents divorced when I was really young, so I flew back and forth between them and they moved a good bit. I spent most of my childhood in North Dakota. My grandparents had a 700 acre farm there, where I was raised by my mom and grandma. Later, I moved with my Mom to rural Alabama, and I spent my high school years with my dad in Washington State." says Otto. Living in different places taught me to be flexible and gave me a broader perspective of the world. I got a real taste of diversity, and I never really got too accustomed to one spot. I would be in one place for a couple of years and then move. So, my upbringing certainly had a lot to do with who I am. It was filled with the farm in ND, rural AL where I first discovered country music, and apples and cherry orchards in WA, very agricultural. It was very country upbringing. It definitely set the tone for who I am and the music I make." Before moving to Nashville, Otto served in the Navy for two years. The son of an Army drill sergeant, he was stationed in Guam while

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