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Country music hasn’t seen a Southern soul man of James Otto’s caliber since the heyday of Conway Twitty and Ronnie Milsap. His third album Shake What God Gave Ya finds him veering even further towards Memphis (and away from Nashville) than on his previous releases. Otto’s full-bodied yet sweet-toned voice is matched by strong songwriting chops and a sure command of old-school R&B grooves. In tunes like “Groovy Little Summer Song,” “Just Like Sunshine” and “Lover Man,” he celebrates the simple joys of beachside margaritas and easy romance with a laid-back air. “Are Ya With Me” and the title tune get more raucous, giving Otto room to strut and swagger as well as seduce. A bit of an edge creeps into “It’s a Good Time (For a Good Time),” a party anthem with a Toby Keith-like blue collar feel. The album takes a serious turn with the ballad “Soldiers & Jesus,” a heartfelt commentary on sacrifice and faith. Otto acknowledges his musical roots by teaming up with Milsap on the slinky soul/pop number “Good Thing’s Gone Bad.”

Customer Reviews

Stuck to His Roots

James Otto stuck to what made his last album a sucess; utilizing fun, easy to listen to musical composition with catchy lyrics to connect to his listeners. Not to mention his latest single, Solders and Jesus, which I think almost all can relate to. He makes me want to listen over and over again. It's an album I can listen to front to back. His best work yet!

This Guy has the Best Voice!

Love this! His song "Groovy little Summer song" makes me wanna get up and start dancing :) I would Recommend this album to anyone who loves country music.


That voice never fails to amaze me after all these years. On my 1st listen I decided this was Otto's best.......SO FAR!


Born: July 29, 1973 in Fort Lewis, WA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A country singer and songwriter with a Southern rock heart, James Otto was born into a military family at the Fort Lewis Army Base in Washington and grew up all over the U.S., including extended stays in North Dakota and Alabama. He started singing when he was only four years old, and learned both violin and saxophone before getting his first guitar at the age of 13. Both his father and grandfather were part-time musicians who played gigs in local bars, so music was hardly a foreign thing to Otto,...
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