Colton James’ country roots run deep and were developed at a young age. What started as a truck ride to the fishing hole became a lifestyle. In the front seat of his father’s truck, Colton was introduced to legends like George Jones, Keith Whitley, George Strait, and Merle Haggard. He discovered his love for music through both of his grandmothers who played piano and organ, and his singing abilities came from his mother. “She has a beautiful voice and always sang with happiness, heart, and sincerity in church,” Colton recalls.

Colton recently released the patriotic track, “I Miss America” and is working with television and radio programming to bring Reel Water Cowboy, a show combining music, fishing, and cuisine from all over the world, to the big screen as well as the Reel Water Cowboy Radio Show. Both shows will be available in the coming months. They are also in the works of introducing the Land 4 Heroes Lodge, which will aid and help give back to veterans.

Over the years, Colton has perfected his songwriting and guitar playing skills resulting in openings for Toby Keith, Mark Chestnut, Chris Cagle, Joe Nichols, the Dixie Chicks, Lonestar, Keith Anderson, and Trick Pony. His most memorable performance was when he opened for Jason Aldean at Norfolk’s Little Creek Amphibious Base because it was here that 16,000 fans heard him play “Brave Men,” a powerful tribute to American troops. Colton’s moving lyrics earned him a standing ovation that night. “These men and women do something incredible for us,” Colton expresses. “They deserve being recognized for the sacrifice they make, and this is my small way of letting them know how much we appreciate them.”

Colton’s passion for helping his country and community doesn’t stop with the military. He also shows his support for victims battling cancer and their families. This began when Colton was given a flyer for a benefit put on by Kelly McCann, the manager of Towne Bank, for a resident named Diane Stokle who was battling breast cancer. After hearing her story Colton put himself in her family’s shoes and imagined what he would do if it were his wife, mother, grandmother, or children battling the disease. He came up with the song “What Keeps Her Strong.” About the track, Colton says, “It was a gift from God that I awakened that night with the idea of ‘What Keeps Her Strong.’” Colton had the opportunity to sing the song to Diane before she passed away in May 2009. He remembers her smiling and not letting her battle keep her from living life to the fullest. Colton has been blessed with the opportunity to sing “What Keeps Her Strong” for The Race for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“I do it for the love of my family, for the love of my friends, for the love of my country, but mostly for the love of God. Without God, I wouldn’t be here.”

Colton is planning to come out with an EP called America. The EP will feature his single “I Miss America” as well as other songs that describe Colton’s love for America and those who have served and fought for the country. It’s set to release in late November.