Album:Take It From The Top: The Best Of Colin James
I guess the best way to describe Colin James is he is the Canadian version of blues rockers like Kenny Wayne Shepherd. James is very successful in Canada and has won several Juno awards. He was born Colin James Munn Aug. 17, 1964 in Regina, SK. As a teen, he performed locally with his band The Hoodoo Men. James moved to Vancouver at age 19. While opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1988, Vaughan suggested the stage name Colin James because the name Munn sounds too much like mud. James signed with Virgin Records and his 1988 debut album was produced by big name producers Tom Dowd and Danny Kortchmar. James won a Juno for Most Promising Male Vocalist. James recorded three albums for Virgin including the very popular 1993 swing album Colin James and the Little Big Band. Then he moved to Warner Music Canada. Freedom is from the 1995 album Bad Habits. Mavis Staples sings on Freedom. James wrote Freedom with Tom Wilson of Junkhouse. Other album guests include Lenny Kravitz and Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. This album was released on Elektra in the US. Colin James could be a bigger star if he moved to the US. But he prefers to remain in Canada and he does tour internationally. He's just a bigger deal in Canada. Those who enjoy this kind of blues rock will enjoy James. James has recorded for Maple Music and currently records for EMI Canada who released this comp CD. His latest CD Twenty Five Live was released last year. James works a lot with Craig Northey's band Odds. Here's Colin James performing Freedom at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver from the 2013 CD Twenty Five Live.