James Otto Focuses on Country Soul for Next Album

James Otto is currently working on a new album with co-producer Paul Worley, he told reporters at the ACM Awards . “We’re kind of expanding on the ’Just Got Started Lovin’ You’ country soul,” Otto said. “That’s my mission and what I want to do in country music — things that are reminiscent of Conway Twitty and Ronnie Milsap and Ray Charles when he was doing Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. Those are the things I always felt were me. My own stamp on country music is that I wanted to be ’country soul.’ And that’s exactly what this album’s going to be, 100 percent, through and through.” Otto won an ACM Award for co-writing “In Color” with Jamey Johnson and Lee Thomas Miller.