Born in July of 1973 in Fort Lewis, Washington, country artist James Otto is a known member of the MuzikMafia, known for “country music without prejudice.” Otto took up singing when he was just two years old and, soon after, learned to play both the violin and the saxophone. When he was thirteen, he received his first guitar. After serving in the Navy for two years, Otto moved to Nashville in 1998; three years later, he joined with MuzikMafia, which also includes artists like Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. In 2002, he signed with Mercury Nashville Records.
Otto has released a string of charting songs, including his first, “The Ball,” in 2002. The single was followed by “Days of Our Lives,” another Top 50 hit, and “Sunday Morning and Saturday Night.” In 2007, he released his first Number One hit, a song that was also certified Gold, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You.” Otto has released five more singles since then, all of which peaked within the Top 50. “For You,” “Since You Brought It Up” and “Groovy Little Summer Song” are included in those five.
In 2008, Otto was commissioned to perform a new theme song for the Atlanta Braves, “The Braves Play Here.” He has also co-written “In Color” by Jamey Johnson, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song. “In Color” also received Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music, which was awarded to Otto. Otto has also co-written the single “No Hurry” for Zac Brown Band.