James Otto and Warner Bros. Nashville have mutually parted ways. James announced the split through his Twitter account on Monday. “Hey y’all Warner Brothers Records & I have mutually agreed it’s time to part ways. More news to come shortly,” James tweeted. He followed it with a statement regarding his departure.
“I have truly enjoyed the time I have spent working with Warner Brothers Records,” James said. “The staff is comprised of many talented individuals that I am proud to also call my friends. I know there will be many exciting years ahead for WB, especially with John Esposito at the helm.”
James, who had a No. 1 hit with “Just Got Started Loving You” in 2008, is positive about his future. He’s planning an upcoming USO Tour and anticipates spending time with his six month old daughter, Ava.
“I am looking forward to my upcoming USO Tour in Iraq and Kuwait, while pursuing some new opportunities with my songwriting career,” James said. “I will continue booking and playing shows throughout the year, and since becoming a new Dad, I hope to catch my breath by spending time with my wife Amy and 6 month old daughter, Ava, who is about to crawl any second! I don’t want to miss it!”
James also had a Twitter message to his fans who expressed concern about what the announcement means. “No worries Ottomaniacs this is not the last you’ve seen/heard from me. Just a new chapter. Thanks for all the support & well wishes,” he tweeted.
James’ last album, Shake What God Gave Ya, was released in September. Fans can also hear James singing “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out Of Hand” on the Waylon Jennings tribute album, The Music Inside – A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings.