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JAMES OTTO NOMINATED FOR TWO GRAMMY® AWARDS

JAMES OTTO NOMINATED FOR TWO GRAMMY® AWARDS

Nashville, TN- Warner Bros. Records Artist James Otto received his first two Grammy Award nominations last night in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance Category for “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” from his debut album Sunset Man and as songwriter in the Best Country Song Category for his contribution on Jamey Johnson’s “In Color.”

"Who would have guessed that the boy who found his first guitar in a trash can would be nominated for two Grammy Awards? I didn’t even realize I was in the running, so I’m totally shocked, honored and humbled by the nominations,” said James. “By the time I was writing and recording Sunset Man, I had been through 10 years of ups and downs in the music business. I was finally signed to Warner Bros. Records and had met and married my wife, Amy. I had really grown as an artist and knew what I wanted to say – I wrote straight from the heart.”

Otto continued, “To be acknowledged for my vocal performance on ‘Just Got Started Lovin' You,’ and for co-writing ‘In Color’ with Jamey Johnson is probably the best Christmas gift anyone could ever give me. I want to thank everyone who ever helped me get there, especially country radio and my fans. You guys have always believed in me and supported me, and I hope to always do you proud.”

“Just Got Started Lovin’ You” was recently named Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Country Song for all of 2008. The Grammy-nominated vocal performance was the first single off his Warner Bros. Records debut album Sunset Man. The single spent two weeks in the No. 1 position on the Billboard, Mediabase and R&R top country singles charts.

Sunset Man debuted at No. 3 on the Top 200 Billboard all-genre chart. The album continued to stay in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Country albums chart for six weeks after its release.

Otto just wrapped the 17-city “Good Time” tour with Alan Jackson and Trace Adkins.

The Grammy Awards will be handed out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th, 2009. Tune in to the 51st Annual Grammy Awards telecast, which airs that night on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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