Colin James to be inducted into Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

January 23, 2013

Colin James has been announced as the 2013 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. The six-time Juno Award winner and multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter and guitarist  will be celebrated Mar. 21, 2013, during the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala dinner at the Kool Haus in Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Week. Prior to the induction, he’ll will play a performance Mar. 20 at Lee’s Palace in Toronto.

“It’s a real honour to be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame,” says James.  “Receiving recognition for the work I love to do is always great – but to be acknowledged by the industry here in Canada is very special.”

In a career spanning 25 years, James has topped the charts as a pop vocalist, recorded an acclaimed blues album and led the swing revival with his Little Big Band. He’s written memorable hit songs and recorded distinctive covers of timeless classics, selling out shows from coast to coast. He’s also followed his own muse, traversing the genres of blues, rock, pop, swing and gospel.

James’ 1988 self-titled debut was the fastest-selling album in Canadian history. It won him his first Juno and an opening slot on tour with Keith Richards. His second album featured the hit “Just Came Back,” which reached No. 3 on the U.S. radio charts and earned him a Juno Award for Single of the Year. He's also won no less than 16 Maple Blues Awards.

Other inductees to the Hall of Fame are Agency Group Canada President Ralph James; music industry executive Graham Henderson; broadcaster John Donabie, who’s being honoured with the Allan Waters  Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award; and Simple Plan, being honoured with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award.