Colin James

January 24, 2011



Colin James has returned to the EMI family to release  Take It From The Top: The Best Of .  The album is a collection of the 15 most essential rock tracks from his impressive multi-label career, featuring hits like "Just Came Back " and " Why’d You Lie ," along with two new songs recorded this month with legendary producer Bob Rock (Bon Jovi, The Tragically Hip, Metallica, Michael Buble). 

" It’s Gonna Be Alright " co-written by Colin, will be released as a single next week and fits perfectly on this album as it destined to become one of his finest rock performances to date.  The other new recording is a cover of the Buddy Miles song " Them Changes," in which Colin honours this classic, yet brings his own unique flavour to the arrangement.  

In 1988, Colin signed with Virgin America and released his debut platinum selling self-titled album worldwide a year later (featuring hit singles "Five Long Years" and "Voodoo Thing"). This was followed by three more albums on Virgin, which garnered him three JUNO Awards.  Since then, nine more albums have been released and Colin has won three additional JUNO Awards and a whopping 16 Maple Blues Awards.  His fanbase and success has been International and resulted in performances on Late Night with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brian and stellar reviews in Rolling Stone. 

"I am excited and honored to be back with EMI after all these years," says Colin.  "There is a real sense of coming home here and I can't wait to get started. Working with Bob Rock on two new songs for the upcoming best of is a hell of a way to begin! Off we go!"

"We proudly welcome Colin home," comments Deane Cameron, President of EMI Music Canada.  "He is an iconic artist who continues to make important musical contributions to this country's soundscape.  These new recordings have us very excited."

Throughout his career Colin has proven to be a 'musician's musician' attracting the attention and admiration of some of the world's greatest talents, including his mentor Stevie Ray Vaughn.  This has led to appearances on the albums of artists such as The Chieftains, Long John Baldry and Johnny Halliday and sharing the stage with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mick Fleetwood, George Thorogood and more.

Colin already has several tour dates lined up around the release of Take It From The Top: The Best Of, including four in Quebec.  Additional dates, along with summer festivals will be coming soon.  Dates on sale now are:

March 13        London Music Hall                               London, ON 
March 15        Meaford Hall                            Meaford, ON 
March 16        Drayton Festival Theatre                        Drayton, ON 
March 17        Bayfield Town Hall                              Bayfield, ON 
March 18        Hamilton Place Theatre                  Hamilton, ON 
March 19        Oakville Centre for the Arts            Oakville, ON 
March 20        River Run Centre                                Guelph, ON 
March 22        Empire Theatre                          Belleville, ON 
March 23        La Societe du Palais Montcalm           Palais Moncalm, PQ 
March 24        Theatre Hector Charland                 L'Assompion, PQ 
March 25        Theatre Jullette Lassonde               Hyacinthe, PQ 
March 26        Theatre Le Granada                      Sherbrooke, PQ

These new songs represent a driven and passionate artist compelled to continue making the music that he and his audience love.  So much so, that Colin is already working on material for a studio album later this year.

For Further Information, Please Contact: 
Anastasia Saradoc @ EMI Music Canada 
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