Colin James Munn (born August 17, 1964 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian musician that primarily plays blues and rock but also has released some Swing albums. While growing up, James taught guitar lessons on a local reserve and was also introduced to the sounds of Stevie Ray Vaughan by his stepfather. James quit school in grade 10 and moved to Vancouver in 1980. While trying to hook up with musicians there, he managed to open for Stevie Ray Vaughan for a show back in Regina. Vaughan was quite impressed with Colin's performance and subsequently took James on the road for several tour dates in the USA.
Some of James's music critics have been perplexed by Colin's flip-flop between blues and swing. Some critics argue that James is not quite sure what he wants to do and thus his progression of materials in his albums are chaotic.
So far, James has released eight studio albums, one hits compilation CD, and has had a number of popular singles released.
1988 Colin James
1990 Sudden Stop
1993 Colin James and the Little Big Band
1995 Bad Habits
1995 Then Again (Best Of)
1997 National Steel (with Colin Linden)
1998 Colin James and the Little Big Band II
1987 "Five Long Years" (Independent)
1988 "Voodoo Thing"
1989 "Dream Of Satin"
1989 "Chicks And Cars And The Third World War"
1989 "Five Long Years" (released by Virgin Records)
1989 "Why'd You Lie"
1990 "Just Came Back", "Keep On Loving Me Baby", "If You Lean On Me", "T Stands For Trouble"
1992 "Love Thang"
1993 "Cadillac Baby", "Breakin' Up The House"
1994 "Surely (I Love You)"
1995 "Freedom", "Saviour"
James has been nominated for 14 Juno Awards, winning six of them.
1989 - Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
1991 - Single of the Year ("Just Came Back")
1991 - Male Vocalist of the Year
1996 - Male Vocalist of the Year
1998 - Best Blues Album (National Steel)
1999 - Best Producer
1989 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year
1991 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year
1992 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year
1994 - Best Blues/Gospel Album (Colin James and The Little Big Band)
1995 - Male Vocalist of the Year
1996 - Best Video ("Freedom")
1999 - Best Male Vocalist
1999 - Best Blues Album (Colin James and The Little Big Band II)