music bio

 “But I don’t regret nothing, I’d do it again in spite…
In fact come to think of it, I think I just might.”

– from “Prodigal Son”

It’s not everyday a musician finds himself performing in front of Paul McCartney.

Jamie St Clair, fronting a seven piece band, was the guest of honor at McCartney’s second wedding. “What song would you like to hear?” St Clair asked the groom in the front row. The former Beatle, sitting next to his new bride, shouted back “Play track 1. That’s our favorite. Isn’t it hun?”

Above suggested text from Ari Herstand, a great consultant, I recommend him highly, does his homework, and a great innovator. Improved this bio page 100%. Yes, that’s all true. Just to check that our band wasn’t just a concept thing his secretary discovered for the reception, I asked him which song was his favorite, and without hesitation, he answered –  as above – and then hummed the first line of it. Thereby ended my need to prove anything to anyone anymore. Not that Sir Paul is the ultimate litmus test of valid art, but it simply all dropped. Now I just do what I love and enjoy.

I grew up in Springfield, Ohio, my Mom and Dad holding sing along parties where their friends sang along to Mitch Miller and the bouncing ball on television. At 14 years old, my brother brought home a guitar, and I don’t think he ever got to play it much, I just owned it. In University I studied theater. I actually put in some serious hours, apprenticed at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville, and went on to graduate school at the Asolo Theater conservatory program at Florida State University. I was told by my teachers I had a lot of potential, and got senior understudy parts as a underclassman, but there was def. something missing for me. I started searching, and ended up in India, where I began an intense spiritual exploration into meditation and the nature of consciousness. I lived in a commune of Osho in India for about 9 years.

I traveled around the world 5 times, worked in Japan, New Zealand, Europe, and of course the States. I’m part of a world family now that is international, and I live in Germany, in the north close to the Baltic Sea. Just finished “Songs for Singing,” (my kirtan like CD) in record time, final push was 5 weeks, I finished 5 tracks. Wow that was fun.