Jim DiDomenico began his professional music career in 1986 as a solo artist performing his songs and some of his favorite covers at Durty Nellies in his hometown of Palatine IL, and The Ancient Mariner in Minocqua, WI. In 1992, Jim founded the Chicago based band, Underwater People. Throughout the 90's and early 2000's, Underwater People played to 100's of thousands of people at shows across the U.S. Averaging almost 140 shows a year, the band gained quite a following, particularly in the Chicagoland area. The band has performed at countless street festivals and most every live music club in and around the city. They've also headlined many of Chicago's most famous music venues including; the House of Blues, the Park West, the Vic and Navy Pier's Skyline Stage. The band has also played many post-race parties for events such as the Chicago Marathon, the Shamrock Shuffle, and the Chicago (world's largest) Triathlon. One of the band's most memorable performances was right at homeplate at Wrigley Field. Currently, while the band's public performances are limited, the band plays on at private events around the world. Jim has gone back to his roots and enjoys performing as a solo artist or as a duo or trio with his friends from the band, Jacob Sweet and Colin Scott.
Jim is a happy husband (Rebecca) and father of three (Tyler, Tessa and Ivy) beautiful children. He resides in Elgin, IL and spends as much time as possible at a second home up in northern Wisconsin and as much of his summer as he can 'working' at Camp Highlands for Boys . Many moons ago Jim started on an education track in college planning to be a teacher (a 25+ yr. career as a musician just got in the way :). Jim recently went back to school at National Louis University and just completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education. In the fall of this year, Jim is beyond excited to be realizing a dream and making a difference in the lives of 2nd graders at Prairie View Grade School in Burlington Central District 301.
Jim loves the outdoors and human powered endurance sports. He enjoys running (member of NCAA Div. III National Championship Cross Country team at North Central College), biking (mt., road and cyclocross), and stand up paddleboarding, but his main passion is cross country ski racing. Jim will be participating in his 30th American Birkebeiner (North America's largest xc ski marathon) this winter.