Colin James

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Colin James
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Colin James - 2009
Background information
Birth name Colin James Munn
Born (1964-08-17) August 17, 1964 (age 50)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres Rock, blues, R&B, jump blues, swing revival, blues-rock, rock and roll
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, saxophone, piano, harmonica
Years active 1986 – present
Associated acts The Hoodoo Men
Website http://www.colinjames.com

Colin James (born Colin James Munn, August 17, 1964) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, who plays in the blues, rock, and neo-swing genres.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

James was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He and his band The Hoodoo Men opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan for several tour dates in the United States. According to legend, Vaughan himself suggested the stage name "Colin James", because when announced over arena P.A. systems, "Munn" sounded like "Mud". James also played guitar on Richard Marx's song "Thunder and Lightning".

Rock and swing band careers[edit]

In 1988, following his association with Vaughan, James released his self-titled debut album, which yielded several international hit singles, as did the followup Sudden Stop. He presaged the mid-1990s swing music revival with his Colin James and the Little Big Band project, which released a successful first CD in 1993, followed by two others in 1998 and 2006, as well as a Christmas album in 2007.

James's worldwide popularity waned somewhat in the late 1990s, but he continued to release albums in rock, blues, and acoustic styles, in addition to his Little Big Band. In 2005, he gave a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to his home province of Saskatchewan.

James' backing band frequently includes members of the Vancouver-based band Odds, and he has co-written songs with Odds singer-guitarist Craig Northey. In February 2005, James guest-starred in an episode of the television program Corner Gas, a Canadian sitcom based in rural Saskatchewan.

In 2007, James' album Limelight received a Gold record for sales in Canada. In January 2008, James received three Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Awards: "Entertainer of the Year", "Electric Act of the Year" and "Recording of the Year" for Colin James & The Little Big Band 3.[1]

In 2009, James recorded an album, and amongst the collaborators were Tom Wilson, once of Junkhouse. The album, Rooftops and Satellites, was co-produced, engineered and mixed by Mike Fraser, at the Warehouse studios in Vancouver.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Twenty five live (2013)

Compilation albums[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1987:
    • "Five Long Years" (Independent)
  • 1988:
    • "Voodoo Thing"
  • 1989:
  • 1990:
  • 1992:
    • "Love Thang"
  • 1993:
    • "Cadillac Baby"
  • 1994:
    • "Surely (I Love You)"
    • "Breakin' Up the House"
    • "No More Doggin'"
  • 1995:
    • "Freedom"
    • "Saviour"
  • 1996:
    • "Real Stuff"
  • 1998:
    • "Let's Shout (Baby Work Out)"
    • "C'mon with the C'mon"
  • 2000:
    • "Hide"
    • "Getting Higher"
  • 2003:
    • "I'm Losing You"
    • "Make A Mistake"
  • 2004:
    • "Know How To Love You"
  • 2005:
    • "Far Away Like A Radio"
    • "Better Way To Heaven"
    • "Travelin'"
  • 2006:
  • 2009:
    • "Man's Gotta Be A Stone"
    • "Lost Again"
    • "Wavelength"
  • 2010:
    • "Johnny Coolman"
  • 2012:
    • "Stone Faith"
    • "I Need You Bad"

Juno Awards[edit]

James has been nominated for 15 Juno Awards, winning six of them.[4]

Wins[edit]

Nominations[edit]

  • 1989 - "Canadian Entertainer of the Year"
  • 1991 - "Canadian Entertainer of the Year"
  • 1992 - "Canadian Entertainer of the Year"
  • 1994 - "Best Blues/Gospel Album" for Colin James and The Little Big Band
  • 1995 - "Male Vocalist of the Year"
  • 1996 - "Best Video" for "Freedom"
  • 1998 - "Best Male Vocalist"
  • 1999 - "Best Blues Album for Colin James and The Little Big Band II

Maple Blues Awards[edit]

Colin James has been nominated for, and won, 17 Maple Blues Awards, between 1997 and 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 Maple Blues Awards Winners". Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  2. ^ "ColinJames.com News". 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  3. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Juno Awards/Canadian Music Hall of Fame winner and nominations". juno-awards.ca. Retrieved 2006-11-26. 

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