Born in Canada his parents moved to the states when was 5. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and was involved in music at a young age. Fast forward to 1987, Jamie helped form Nms Howel a power driven metal band that went on to play numerous shows, gain a loyal following and eventually released their EP demo in 88. In Jan of 89 they were signed to a recording contract and broke up the Dec of the same year.
Jamie then moved on to Salt Lake UT to persue a career in radio. In 90 he met and started to write and record with Jonni Lightfoot (Now with Air Supply) and they continue to write and record to this very day. They will be recording 2 new songs in Sept of 09.