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Otto's "Soldiers & Jesus" coming for free

Monday, November 8, 2010 – James Otto's Soldier & Jesus will be offered as a free download on all participating radio station websites for one-week beginning on Nov. 8 and ending on Nov. 14.

"I'm part of a military family. My dad was a drill sergeant in the US Army for 23 years - and my grandfather is a Korean War vet; I served in the Navy myself," Otto said. "Veterans' Day has always held a special meaning in our house and to be able to give back and pay my respects with Soldiers & Jesus reminds me why I do what I do everyday."

Otto recently passed through Washington and while there, he gave the Pentagon Channel a "Command Performance." This exclusive three-part series is now airing on the channel's "Command Performance" and can be viewed online at www.pentagonchannel.mil. This unique series features Glenn Selby, an MC2 in the Navy, interviewing Otto, a live acoustic performances of Just Got Started Loving You for a crowd of servicemen and Soldier & Jesus set against a montage of war footage and photos.

On Thanksgiving evening, Otto performs with one of his heroes, Ronnie Milsap, on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35 a.m. eastern.

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