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Colin James

Biography

This Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter is Canada’s response to the U.S.’s Chris Duarte or Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Colin Munn was raised in Saskatchewan, hearing folk and blues. After learning the pennywhistle and mandolin, he give up school and caused a succession of rings, included in this, the Hoo Doo Guys. When he was 19 yrs . old, he transferred to Vancouver and became a member of the Night Tones. About 2 yrs later, executing under his transformed name, Colin Adam, he was fortunate to be observed by the people at Virgin Information, who agreed upon him. James’s 1988 self-titled debut was the fastest-selling record in Canadian background, and he implemented that in 1990 with Sudden End, and Colin Adam and the tiny Big Music group in 1993. In 1995, Adam switched to Warner Music Canada, and released NEGATIVE TRAITS. On NEGATIVE TRAITS, James is normally teamed with the right firm: Bobby Ruler and Terry Evans, Mavis Staples, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, Lenny Kravitz and previous Stevie Ray Vaughan and Increase Difficulty keyboardist Reese Wynans. Most of James’s albums are well-recorded affairs. The only real problem is normally, he doesn’t tour the U.S. quite definitely, and spends the majority of his amount of time in Canada. In 1998, he toured with Steve Winwood, Small Feat and Keith Richards; Colin Adam & the tiny Big Music group II implemented a year afterwards.

Quick Facts


Full Name Colin James
Profession Guitarist, Composer, Music Producer, Singer-songwriter
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Heather Munn
Awards Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year, Juno Award for Single of the Year, Juno Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award, Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year, Juno Award for Best Male Artist
Music Groups Meat Beat Manifesto, Young Artists for Haiti
Music Songs Voodoo Thing, Just Came Back, Five Long Years, Why 'd You Lie, Keep on Lovin' Me Baby, Into The Mystic, Man's Gotta Be a Stone, Chicks 'n Cars, Cadillac Baby, No More Doggin', Far Away Like a Radio, Johnny Coolman, Let's Shout, T for Trouble, Safronia B, Breakin' Up the House, Better Way to Heaven, Sweets Gone Sour, If You Need Me, My Mind Is on Vacation, Dream of Satin, Finally Wrote a Song for You, Jumpin From Six to Six, Standin' on the Edge, Shout Baby Shout, Atlanta Moan, If You Lean on Me, Surely, Reet Petite, Crazy Over You, Please, Baby Don't Do That, Hate It When I See You Cry
Albums Blue Highways, Colin James and the Little Big Band, Bad Habits, National Steel, Rooftops and Satellites, Colin James & The Little Big Band 3, Colin James and the Little Big Band II, Sudden Stop, Limelight, Fuse, Traveler, Take It From The Top, Twenty Five Live, Colin James & The Little Big Band: Christmas, Colin James, Hearts On Fire, FIFTEEN, Then Again..., Take It From The Top: Best Of
Nominations Juno Award for Video of the Year, Juno Award for Entertainer of the Year, Juno Award for Best Blues/Gospel Album
TV Shows Kraft Hockeyville


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#Fact
1 Sang the introduction to the Canadian cartoon series "_George Shrinks_ (TV Series 2000)".
2 Has performed alongside such famous names as Carlos Santana, Albert King, Bonnie Raitt, Lenny Kravitz, Buddy Guy and The Cheiftains.
3 His 1988 self-titled debut, "Colin James", was the fastest-selling album in Canadian history up to that point.
4 Played a spoof of himself in an episode of the Canadian comedy series Corner Gas (2004).
5 Has made appearances on the David Letterman show and Late Night with Conan O'Brian.
6 Performed for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to James' home province of Saskatchewan in 2005.
7 He had known Colin Linden as teenagers when they shared stages during Canada's folk festival circuit. Their first collaboration, "National Steel", won them a Juno Award for Best Blues Album. Linden went on to collaborate with James on several of his later albums.
8 His songs have been covered by Johnny Hallyday, Lucinda Williams, and Maria Muldaur.
9 His album 'Sudden Stop' was produced by 'Joe Hardy' from ZZ Top. James spent part of that year opening for ZZ Top as they toured.
10 Has frequently collaborated with keyboardist Reese Wynans. Wynans was a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan's band Double Trouble. Vaughan had been the one who had given James a head start in his music career.
11 Early in his career, James played guitar on Richard Marx's song "Thunder and Lightning".
12 As of the end of 2007, has completed 10 albums in his 25-year career, plus a compilation album entitled 'Then Again'.
13 Is a 6-time Juno winner, his latest award being in 1999 for Best Producer. He was also nominated that year for Best Male Vocalist and Best Blues Album. Including his wins, he has been nominated for a total of 14 Junos in his career so far.
14 Replaced his surname of Munn due to the encouragement of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who said that in a noisy room, Munn would sound more like 'mud'.
15 Was only 18 years old when renowned guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan praised him and asked James to open a concert for him.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Why'd You Lie?"
The Life 2004 TV Movie performer: "Who Do You Love"
My Own Private Oshawa 2002 TV Special performer: "Breakin' Up the House", "Cadillac Baby"
Kingpin 1996 performer: "Surely I Love You"
Two If by Sea 1996 performer: "Speechless" / writer: "Speechless"
Due South 1995 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Awakening 1995 TV Movie performer: "Keep On Lovin Me Baby"
Leaving Normal 1992 performer: "T For Trouble" / writer: "T For Trouble"
Run 1991 performer: "T FOR TROUBLE", "IF YOU LEAN ON ME" End title / writer: "T FOR TROUBLE"
American Boyfriends 1989 performer: "Back In My Arms Again"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2010-2011 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Robson Arms 2007 TV Series Ryland - The Colin James Liar
Corner Gas 2005 TV Series Man at Auditon
The Secret Life of Us 2001 TV Series David
Leaving Normal 1992 Colin James Band (as Colin James Munn)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All Access 2011 TV Series Himself
Out of Country 2010 TV Series Himself
At the Concert Hall 2009 TV Series Himself - Musician
Canadian Country Music Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hockeyville 2006 TV Series Himself
Central Live 2005 TV Series Himself
NightMan 1999 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Appearance
The 25th Annual Juno Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994 TV Series Himself
Neon Rider 1991 TV Series Himself

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#Quote
1 You have to make sure that,whatever you're doing, you're doing it with love and excitement and enthusiasm. Being able to not get pigeon-holed in one thing has really allowed me to keep fresh. My living has been made with live music, and they can't take that away from me.
2 [observation, 2012] I'm enjoying singing more than ever, and I think I'm more able to sing than ever. I listen to those old records now and I sound like a kid who doesn't know his voice yet. I'm happy about that. My drive is the same as it's always been: I can't wait to make other records. I know the industry is another story, but thank God I've always been a live player.
3 I think by 12 years old I had a pretty good idea this was going to be my life. Music I mean. I kind of went ahead like that was just how it was going to be, kind of like blind faith.
4 [Advice to aspiring musicians]: Do it because you love it and listen to your heart when it comes to what you believe in musically. Everyone will have an opinion and everyone's tastes vary greatly. Musical taste is a very personal thing, so don't be offended if someone doesn't like what you do. It's going to happen.
5 [on winning awards]: Well, I guess it's nice when you win and not so much when you lose. It adds some sense of validity and respectability to things. It makes your grandma proud and all that.
6 I have always had a deep affection for roots music and it has touched all the music I play whether I'm playing traditional blues music or writing my own.
7 Blessed with a lot of wonderful people around me who took the time to show me how to play, I soon realized I was probably going to make a go of it.
8 [on Stevie Ray Vaughan] On those shows he got me up on stage for his encores which pretty much blew me away, especially considering it was my hometown. They were super nice to me and a year later when they came through Canada for a second time I got the gig to open again in two different cities.
9 [on why he doesn't play his older hits in concerts] I'm not relying on old hits and going through the motions. I think the new records are better than the first two ones. I'm not sentimental about them anymore. I don't want to sound ungrateful -- God knows it's hard enough to get a song to stick, so you're happy about it -- but you want to move on.

#Trademark
1 Often plays rock, blues, or big band music
2 Frequently collaborates with 'Tom Wilson' (VI), Craig Northey, Colin Linden, and Reese Wynans.
3 Frequently appears on television alongside fellow Canadian Fred Ewanuick
4 Frequently tours his home country of Canada


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