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"I have truly enjoyed the time I have spent working with Warner Brothers Records. The staff is comprised of many talented individuals that I am proud to also call my friends," James wrote. "I know there will be many exciting years ahead for WB, especially with John Esposito at the helm."
As far as what the future holds for James, he has a few things already on the books, especially spending time with his budding family. "I am looking forward to my upcoming USO Tour in Iraq and Kuwait, while pursuing some new opportunities with my songwriting career," he continues. "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 six-month-old daughter, Ava, who is about to crawl any second! I don't want to miss it!"
After posting the announcement, James received numerous messages from fans expressing their concern. "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 replied.
James first came to Nashville in 1998. He helped form the MuzikMafia, which also includes members John Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Big Kenny, before bursting onto the scene with his debut album, 'Days of Our Lives,' which was released on Mercury Records in 2004. He released three singles, including 'The Ball,' and by 2008, he had signed with Warner Bros. Records.
He released his sophomore album, 'Sunset Man,' which he co-produced with his brother-in-law, Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, and John Rich. The collection featured his No. 1 hit, 'Just Got Started Lovin' You,' which was also declared the No. 1 country single of 2008 by Billboard.
James' third album, 'Shake What God Gave Ya,' featuring 'Groovy Little Summer Song' and 'Soldiers and Jesus,' was released last September. You can also find James performing 'Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand' on the tribute album, 'The Music Inside -- A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Vol. 1.'