The son of an Army drill sergeant and grandson of a Korean War veteran, James Otto joined the Navy before moving to Nashville, according to his website.

James Otto was born on Fort Lewis Army base in Washington. After his parents divorced, he traveled with his mom to North Dakota on his grandparents' ranch and also to Alabama. He lived with his dad during the school year and went to school in Washington.

Otto then joined the Navy and was able to see more than 20 countries. He then moved to Nashville to pursue music after getting out of the service.

He released Sunset Man with the chart topper "Just Got Started Lovin' You" in 2008. His vocal performance received a Grammy nomination. That same year, he was nominated for a second Grammy for "In Color," which he co-wrote for Jamey Johnson. Otto won Song of the Year at both CMAs and ACMs.

He wrote songs for many artists, including Zac Brown Band and Trace Adkins. Otto then began writing with others songwriters. He left his recording label after his daughter was born and spent quality time with his new family.

He has continued to write, produce and is now touring. His new single, "Somewhere Tonight," has been a success in his shows.