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Colin James in Kelowna Nov. 12

To celebrate the upcoming release of his 15th album, aptly titled, Fifteen, Colin James announces concert dates across the country including a stop at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Nov. 12.

Colin James has worn many hats during his long and storied career. When Colin first hit the scene a quarter century ago, he became an instant rock guitar hero, mentored by the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan. Since then, this iconic Canadian has topped the charts as a pop vocalist, recorded an acclaimed blues album and led the swing revival with his Little Big Band, which he both fronted and produced. He has performed for the Queen, sold multi-platinum many times over and continues to sell out shows coast to coast.  Along the way, he’s written memorable hit songs and given us distinctive covers of timeless classics with his newest album teasing that the best is still yet to come.

This six-time Juno Award winner has come full circle with his latest album, Fifteen. On the verge of 25 years since the release of his debut album, Fifteen takes this Saskatchewan artist back to his full-blooded rock roots.

Produced by his longtime associate Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Steve Earle), it also returns him to the major label where he got his start. “I’d been on an indie and then EMI unexpectedly stepped up,” explains Colin. “We really wanted this album to rock, but I tried to showcase some pretty tunes and soulful stuff as well.”

Mission accomplished: Fifteen features some of the best rock, blues, gospel and pop songs that Colin has ever written. There are co-writes with Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Grady) on the Stones meets Stax opener Sweets Gone Sour and the Aerosmith-style rocker I Need You Bad. Colin also teamed up with Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings) and Thomas 'Tawgs' Salter (Lights, Josh Groban) on four high-octane tracks, including the buzzing, bluesy No Time to Get There and the driving rocker Stone Faith, the album’s first single.

In many ways Colin has been Canada’s quiet superstar – going about the business of making consistently excellent music, all the while etching out his own unique and important place in this country’s musical history.  With this landmark album, he has hit the mark on all fronts showing why he is one of the most accomplished and well-rounded artists around.  The fans already know what a legend Colin James is, but Fifteen might be the album that reminds the rest of the world.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets  or charge by phone 1-855-985-5000.

Also, Rogers Wireless Box Office is a no service fee mobile ticketing service available exclusively to Rogers Wireless customers. Visit www.Rogers.com/WBO or text TICKETS to 4849 for full event listings and special offers.

For complete tour schedule, please visit: www.colinjames.com

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