Black Music Matters Festival

Baby, hospital and new music for James Otto

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – First, James Otto became a father. Then, he was hospitalized, but he was released from the hospital just in time for today's release of his new disc, "Shake What God Gave Ya."

Two weeks ago, Otto and his wife Amy welcomed their first child Ava Katherine. Otto then went to the hospital with an abdominal illness and had to postpone a few shows.

"Otto is doing well and plans to be back on the road shaking it on Sept. 17 in Hutchinson, Kansas," his publicist said.

Otto's new single, Soldiers & Jesus, debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in record-breaking time in his career.

"Wow. Things really do happen in three's," said Otto. "First my beautiful baby girl was born, then I was back at the hospital for my health, and now my brand new album is out."

"Well, I'm an all-or-nothing kinda guy so I'm gonna shake what God gave me and get back out on the road."

In support of his new album, Otto will appear on GAC's "On the Streets" with GAC Celebrity Host Suzanne Alexander and Fox News.

More news for James Otto

CD reviews for James Otto

Shake What God Gave Ya CD review - Shake What God Gave Ya
The press release for James Otto's new album ends with a telling quote from Otto: "As much as there's all these different fractures of country music these days..." Otto has proven himself popular with the current crop of country music fans, and this CD should prove to be a popular addition. Otto is trying to position himself as the new king of country soul, whatever that may be. The "country soul" sound isn't new - Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap (who sings with »»»
Sunset Man CD review - Sunset Man
James Otto is a member of Muzik Mafia, and his second album reflects the eclectic influences of his troupe. The Washington State native combines country, rock, blues and soul on the 11 songs. He does everything from rockin' tunes about partying, "Ain't Gonna Stop," to the first single, the mid-tempo love song, "Just Got Started Lovin' You." Otto is also in full-party mode with the catchy tongue-in-cheek "Drink and Dial" and the R&B influenced "The Man That I Am. »»»
Days of Our Lives
"Days of Our Lives" is not based on the long-running soap opera, but some of the lyrics herein are almost as trite as the long-lost-evil-twin-sibling plotline. There's the requisite nostalgia for the young and restless days of "Misspent Youth," the wrestling with passions on "Miss Temptation" and "Lowdown on the High Life." "She Knows" is a retread of Garth's "If Tomorrow Never Comes" that is neither bold nor beautiful, and "The Ball" channels another Brooks ballad ("Unanswered Prayers. »»»