Born Dec. 15, 1944 in Hamilton, Canada, Skip began his career as drummer / songwriter for The Paupers, Canada's first rock group to sign a major American record and management deal, with MGM / Verve and Albert Grossman, respectively. When the group disbanded, Skip found himself in demand as a session drummer and ended up playing on numerous hit records made in New York and L.A., including the Peter, Paul and Mary smash, I Dig Rock and Roll Music. His session work got him invitations to play and record "Live Super Sessions" with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield, as well as gigs with Carlos Santana,
Cass Elliot, and Janis Joplin.
Skip's next move was as founding member / leader / songwriter and driving force behind Canada's great rock band, Lighthouse. Always on the cutting edge, Skip's band was the first rock group to perform concerts with major symphony orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony and Edmonton Symphony orchestras and the Royal Ballet.
As well as headlining some of the biggest concerts in the world, including The Isle of Wight Festival in England and a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, Lighthouse produced five successive gold or platinum albums that garnered the band numerous Juno awards, including Best Rock Group (1970, 71, 72) and Record of the Year (One Fine Morning).
Although still touring with Lighthouse, Skip decided it was time for a solo / side project which he titled, Skip Prokop's Valecrest, which features the fine songwriting and performance that has marked Skip's outstanding career
title:in the center of...
A smooth jazz CD, released in 2005,
showcasing eight new songs: six instumental and two vocals.