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Colin James Munn (born August 17, 1964 in Regina, Saskatchewanmarker) is a Canadianmarker singer, guitarist, and songwriter who plays in the blues, rock, and swing genres.


Early years

James and his band The Hoodoo Men opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan for several tour dates in the U.S.marker. James also played guitar on Richard Marx's song "Thunder and Lightning".

Rock and swing band careers

In 1988, following his association with Vaughan, James released his self-titled debut album, which yielded several international hit singles, as did the followup Sudden Stop. He presaged the mid-1990s swing music revival with his Colin James and the Little Big Band project, which released a successful first CD in 1993, followed by two others in 1998 and 2006, as well as a Christmas album in 2007.

James's worldwide popularity waned somewhat in the late 1990s, but he continued to release albums in rock, blues, and acoustic styles, in addition to his Little Big Band. In 2005, he gave a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to his home province of Saskatchewanmarker.

James' backing band frequently includes members of the Vancouver-based band Odds, and he has co-written songs with Odds singer-guitarist Craig Northey. In February 2005, James guest-starred in an episode of the television program Corner Gas, a Canadian sitcom based in rural Saskatchewan. James' instrumental "Speechless" was used on Kingsford's commercial "Slow Down & Grill."

In 2007, James' album Limelight received a Gold record for sales in Canada. In January 2008, James received three Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Awards: "Entertainer of the Year", "Electric Act of the Year" and "Recording of the Year" for Colin James & The Little Big Band 3.

In 2009, James is currently recording a new album scheduled for release in the fall of 2009. Among the collaborators are Tom Wilson, once of Junkhouse.The album will be Co-Produced, engineered and mixed by Mike Fraser, at the Warehouse studios in Vancouvermarker.


Studio albums

Compilation albums

Guest appearances


  • 1987:
    • "Five Long Years" (Independent)
  • 1988:
    • "Voodoo Thing"
  • 1989:
    • "Dream of Satin"
    • "Chicks and Cars and the Third World War"
    • "Five Long Years" (released by Virgin Records)
    • "Why'd You Lie"
    • "Back in My Arms Again"
  • 1990:
    • "Just Came Back"
    • "Keep On Loving Me Baby"
    • "If You Lean On Me"
    • "T Stands for Trouble"
    • "Give It Up" (with Bonnie Raitt)
  • 1992:
    • "Love Thang"
  • 1993:
    • "Cadillac Baby"
  • 1994:
    • "Surely (I Love You)"
    • "Breakin' Up the House"
    • "No More Doggin'"
  • 1995:
    • "Freedom"
    • "Saviour"
  • 1996:
    • "Real Stuff"
  • 1998:
    • "Let's Shout (Baby Work Out)"
    • "C'mon with the C'mon"
  • 2000:
    • "Hide"
    • "Getting Higher"
  • 2003:
    • "I'm Losing You"
    • "Make A Mistake"
  • 2005:
    • "Far Away Like a Radio"
    • "Better Way to Heaven"
    • "Travelin'"
  • 2006:
    • "Into the Mystic"
    • "If You Need Me"
  • 2009:
    • "Man's Gotta Be A Stone"

Juno Awards

James has been nominated for 14 Juno Awards, winning six of them...



  • 1989 - "Canadian Entertainer of the Year"
  • 1991 - "Canadian Entertainer of the Year"
  • 1992 - "Canadian Entertainer of the Year"
  • 1994 - "Best Blues/Gospel Album" for Colin James and The Little Big Band
  • 1995 - "Male Vocalist of the Year"
  • 1996 - "Best Video" for "Freedom"
  • 1998 - "Best Male Vocalist"
  • 1999 - "Best Blues Album for Colin James and The Little Big Band II

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