While attending DePaul University in Chicago Jimmy studied both business and liberal arts curriculums including general music studies. Presented with opportunities to perform professionally Jimmy left DePaul and headed for the burgeoning music scene in Los Angeles. Over the next two decades his performance skills were honed in the live venues and recording studios throughout Los Angeles and southern California. During the 1980’s Jimmy took voice lessons from Andrew Boettner (an associate of Seth Riggs - voice coach to such stars as Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, etc.) who helped Jimmy to learn correct methods of singing with full expression while protecting the voice.
In 1989 Jimmy relocated to Memphis. Since moving to Memphis he has continued to perform as a vocalist and guitarist with several local musical groups (including Joyce Cobb, Ruby Wilson, Wendy Moten, the Memphis Horns, Reba Russell, Bob Westbrook, Jim Mahannah, Backswing, Misti Rae, Loveland-Duren, The Coolers, The Sun Studio Allstars, Jim Wilson, The Chaulkies, and various other local acts) as well as nationally touring acts.