Born in Detroit, MI on Valentines Day 1969, Pat Smillie, was the first of two children born to young parents Ronald (an iron worker) and Rose Marie Smillie. Some of Pat's earliest musical influences included Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, and classic Detroit artists such as Bob Seger, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Mitch Ryder.
In 1992 he moved to Chicago. By 1996, he had been offered and accepted a weekly residency at the legendary Checkerboard Lounge. He performed there every Wednesday night for well over a year. Later that year, Pat opened for r&b vocalist Andre Williams during his comeback performance at The Beat Kitchen. Williams co-wrote such soul music classics as “Shake Your Tail Feather” and Alvin Cash’s “Twine Time”. In 2001, Chicago R&B legend Tyrone Davis joined the band on stage during a gig on Chicago’s west side. Pat and his background vocalists provided back-up vocals for Mr. Davis as he performed “Turning Point”, “Turn Back the Hands of Time”, and “Mom’s Apple Pie”. The evening remains one of the highlights of Pat’s musical career.
Pat Smillie has performed twice at the Chicago Blues Festival (in 2003 and 2005). He has also toured Europe and his band performed at the 2011 Blues Alive Festival (in Sumperk, CZ).
Over the years, Pat Smillie has served as a support act for blues legends such as Koko Taylor, Bobby Rush, and original “Blues Brother” Dan Aykroyd (who performed with Jim Belushi). He has opened shows for Mitch Ryder, The Robert Cray Band, and Bob Seger (a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame).
In recent years, he has frequently appeared as a featured vocalist with legendary Detroit guitarist, Jim McCarty (formerly of Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and CACTUS). Their continued collaborations have become a popular draw both in and around the Detroit area.
In 2015, Pat Smillie returned to live in his hometown of Detroit, MI. He is currently writing songs and recording demos for an upcoming studio project.