“The only person with a voice as strong as James Otto is Gretchen Wilson”, explains John Rich. “The man’s voice is powerful, he’ll blow you away” says Jon Nicholson. James arrived in Nashville in 1998, attending every writer's night he could find. "Those writers shaped me," he says. "By watching them, I figured out how they mesmerize a crowd with their words and the way they deliver a song. That changed me from being a club singer that does covers and tries to write on the weekend to someone who really strives to create their own art."