Jamie is the son of critically acclaimed Chicago Artist Jim Skafish, who achieved international fame via the band Skafish, which was the first punk group out of Chicago. Jim is also a classically trained pianist who is equally comfortable playing Chopin as he is Oscar Peterson.
Jamie spent 18 years training in piano, guitar, and vocal studies with Jim before leaving the Chicago region to serve his country in the United States Air Force. As a student Jamie performed at classical recitals starting at age 3 and had even played political functions for 2 Indiana Governors as a minor. While in the Air Force Jamie kept honing the craft of music by playing with local and regional bands in Texas and the greater South West region of the United States. Jamie also performed at functions in the service, most notably performing with Lee Greenwood at the Air Force’s 60th anniversary ball in Albuquerque NM.
Outside of his Military Career Jamie was laying a solid foundation in his musical career sharing stages with the likes of Foghat, Donnie Van Zant (of van zant and 38 special), Blue Oyster Cult, and Skid Row. During this time Jamie played with some of the premier regional bands of the SouthWest playing State Fairs, Casinos, and Festivals (such as Albuquerques Baloon Fiesta with tens of thousands in attendance).
After the Air Force Jamie went on to play music full time. Having a background for studio work Jamie took on some new styles of music and began playing in Country Music bands. After rising through the ranks Jamie had again become a regular regional player in the South West playing shows in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. In this time Jamie connected with Country Star and Mega-hit Songwriter George Ducas. Ducas had several top 20 hits while signed to Capitol Records including “Tear drops” and “Lipstick Promises.” George has also written iconic hits such as Radney Fosters “Just Call Me Lonesome” Randy Rogers Band “Kiss Me in the Dark” Eli Young Band ‘Always the Love Songs’ and several other chart topping radio hits for artist such as George Jones, Garth Brooks, and Sara Evans etc. Jamie also performed at the Internationally known Balloon Fiesta performing for an estimated 30,000 people opening up for Darius Rucker (country solo artist and former singer of Hootie and the Blowfish).
While still performing with George and various country music outfits Jamie also stayed busy working with Internationally known Grammy Nominated Latin Artist Micky Cruz playing on his Cumbeque 3 disc and performing live with the singer. In addition to the Latin material with Micky, Jamie began playing with Jazz singer Tracey Whitney (former Ray Charles Raelette and member of the famous Whitney Family Band). Jamie is also a full time touring member of The Pink Flamingos, an Internationally known band that plays corporate events, political functions, and performing arts venues in addition to other high profile gigs such as American Cancer Society Cattle Barons Ball opening for Dustin Lynch or performing at Richard Bransons house (owner of virgin airlines/space cruises). The Pink Flamingos are also the core of the critically acclaimed touring show, ARTRAGEOUS, playing Internationally.
Jamie is also continuing to write and record original material to be released in the near future. He is focused on putting out only the highest quality of work whether it be in the studio, a club date, casino, auditorium, or stadium, Jamie strives to deliver exceptional, passionate, and sincere music each and every step of the way. Jamie has several ghost credits in the studio (unlisted in album notes) so he is already a seasoned pro in the studio. In addition to studio experience Jamie still teaches select students and is often an MD (musical director) for bands he performs with.