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Colin James

Colin James


8/17/1964, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Birth Name

Colin James Munn


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Colin James was born at home in Regina, Saskatchewan. He began to show an interest in music around age eight, and began playing guitar at age 10. His first band, The Hoodoo Men, opened for such notables as George Thorogood and John Lee Hooker, and James's big break…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On February 6th, 2007, Colin was nominated for a JUNO Award for his album Colin James & the Little Big Band III in the category of "Blues Album of the Year." On April 1st, 2007, Colin appeared at the JUNO Awards as a presenter for "Best Single of the Year"; however, he did not win in the category in which he was nominated.

    • On March 29th, 2006, Colin James starred in the opening episode of the Kraft Hockeyville series on CBC. Hockeyville was a contest to see which Canadian community had the best hockey spirit.

    • On April 8, 2006, Colin participated in a fundraiser to benefit both the National Arts Centre (in Ottawa) and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. The benefit raised $80,000 for the two causes.

    • In October, 2006, Colin went to see Bonnie Raitt in concert. She acknowledged that he was in the audience at the beginning of the show and called him up on stage to play guitar during her encore.

    • In December 2006, Colin was nominated for a Maple Blues Award (given to recognize outstanding blues achievement by Canadian artists) in the category of "Electric Act of the Year."

    • In 1999, Colin won the JUNO Award for "Best Producer" and was nominated for a JUNO in the category of "Best Blues Album" for Colin James and the Little Big Band II.

    • In 1998, Colin won the JUNO Award for "Best Blues Album" for National Steel.

    • In 1996, Colin won the JUNO Award in the category of "Best Male Vocalist of the Year" and was nominated in the category of "Best Video" for Freedom.

    • In 1995, Colin was nominated for a JUNO Award in the category of "Best Male Vocalist of the Year."

    • In 1994, Colin was nominated for a JUNO Award in the category of "Best Blues/Gospel Album" for his recording, Colin James and The Little Big Band.

    • In 1992, Colin was nominated for a JUNO Award in the category of "Canadian Entertainer of the Year."

    • In 1991, Colin was nominated for three JUNO Awards: Single of the Year, for Just Came Back; Male Vocalist of the Year; and Canadian Entertainer of the Year. He won two of them: Single of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

    • After his self-titled first album release in 1988, Colin won the JUNO Award for "Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year"; he was also nominated in the category of "Canadian Entertainer of the Year" that year, but did not win.

    • As of January, 2007, Colin will be on tour with The Little Big Band, promoting their third record. They'll be appearing across Canada, and as of late November, 2006, shows were already sold out.

    • In October, 2006, Colin released his third album of big band music, titled Colin James and The Little Big Band 3.

    • Colin teamed up with singer Craig Northey to do a (mostly) acoustic tour of British Columbia in November and December of 2006.

    • Colin James guest starred in the second season episode Rock On!, on Corner Gas.

  • Quotes

    • (on why he doesn't play his older hits in concerts)
      Colin: 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.

    • (in 2006)
      Colin: Over the last four records, I've tried to write as much as I can. It's only recently that I've really been able to enjoy writing. Back in the old days, I hated it. I wasn't doing it because I wanted to; I was doing it for contractual obligations. I had to have eight out of 10 songs on a CD.

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