Otto leaves Warner

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – James Otto and Warner Brothers parted ways, Otto announced via Twitter Monday.

Otto released two albums for the label and had several hits, most notably the soulful Just Got Started Lovin' You.

Otto said, "I have truly enjoyed the time I have spent working with Warner Brothers Records. The staff is comprised of many talented individuals that I am proud to also call my friends. I know there will be many exciting years ahead for WB, especially with John Esposito at the helm."

"I am looking forward to my upcoming USO Tour in Iraq and Kuwait, while pursuing some new opportunities with my songwriting career. I will continue booking and playing shows throughout the year, and since becoming a new Dad, I hope to catch my breath by spending time with my wife Amy and 6 month old daughter, Ava, who is about to crawl any second! I don't want to miss it!"

In a follow-up Tweet, Otto wrote, "No worries Ottomaniacs this is not the last you've seen/heard from me. Just a new chapter. Thsnks (sic) for all the support & well wishes."

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