Jimmy Barnes Biography

Updated On Mar 06, 2019 Published On Aug 26, 2015
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Date of Birth: 1956 , April-28
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
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Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes' early life

Jimmy Barnes was born as James Dixon Barnes on 28 April 1956, to parents Jim Swan and Dorothy Swan. His other siblings are Dorothy, Linda, John and Lisa Swan.

Currently 62 years of age, Jimmy Barnes has not revealed any information regarding his educational background.

Jimmy Barnes' career

Jimmy took an apprenticeship in an iron smelter with the South Australian railways in 1973. However, the love he and his brother had for music led him to join a band.

His brother was playing drums with Fraternity, who had just parted ways with singer Bon Scott.

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Jimmy Barnes took over the role but his tenure with the band was brief and before long he had joined a harder-edged band called Orange, featuring organist and songwriter Don Walker, guitarist Ian Moss, drummer Steve Prestwich, and bassist Les Kaczmarek

He began his own solo career less than a month after Cold Chisel's Last Stand tour came to an end.

Jimmy Barnes formed a band that included Arnott, former Fraternity bass player Bruce Howe and guitarists Mal Eastick (ex-Stars) and Chris Stockley (ex-The Dingoes) and began touring and writing for a solo album.

He released his debut solo album Bodyswerve by Signing to Mushroom Records. During the course of his career, Jimmy Barnes has worked with other musical personalities like Tina Turner and many more.

Jimmy Barnes' personal life

Jimmy Barnes is a married man. He is married to, Jane Mahoney. He has five children named, Mahalia Barnes, David Campbell, Jackie Barnes, EJ Barnes, Elly-May Barnes.

There is no information about when they are born. There is also no information about when Jimmy Barnes was married to her and his recent love affairs.

Jimmy Barnes' net worth

Jimmy Barnes has an estimated net worth of $20 million, which the singer earned from his career in music, selling record sales.

He bought a property in the year 2008 at the price of $2 million in Berrima riverside area.

The following year Jimmy Barnes bought three warehouses at Daniel St Botany at the price of $3.4 million. He later sold the asset at the price of $5 million in 2011.

Jimmy Barnes also sold his Southern Highlands in 2012 at the price of $2.5 million.

 

 

 

Jimmy Barnes facts on timeline

Born in Glasgow, Scotland

April 28 , 1956

Jimmy Barnes was from an upper class family.  He was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Jim Swan, was a prizefighter and Dorothy Swan. He arrived in Adelaide, South Australia as a 4-year-old on 7 January 1961 with his parents and siblings John, Dorothy, Linda, Lisa & Alan. 

 

Took an apprenticeship in an iron smelter

1973

Jimmy Barnes took an apprenticeship in an iron smelter with the South Australian railways in 1973. However, the love he and his brother had for music led him to join a band. His brother was now playing drums with Fraternity, who had just parted ways with singer Bon Scott.

Began his solo career

1984

Jimmy Barnes began his own solo career less than a month after Cold Chisel's Last Stand tour came to an end. He formed a band that included Arnott, former Fraternity bass player Bruce Howe and guitarists Mal Eastick (ex-Stars) and Chris Stockley (ex-The Dingoes) and began touring and writing for a solo album. 

Began dating Jane Mahoney

1980

Jimmy Barnes met his future wife, Jane Mahoney, the stepdaughter of an Australian diplomat while he was in Canberra in November 1979. They started dating each other and started living together. However, in March 1980 she began to feel overwhelmed by the rock lifestyle and followed her family to Tokyo where her father was posted.

Married to Jane Mahoney

May 22 , 1981

After dating Jane Mahoney for about a year, he finally married her in Sydney on 22 May 1981. They have four children together. Jimmy Barnes also had fathered a son, singer David Campbell, who, due to the young age of his parents at the time of his birth, was being raised by his grandmother. 

First child, Mahalia Jackson

July 12 , 1982

After being married for a year, Jimmy Barnes wife, Jane soon gave birth to their first child Mahalia, named after Mahalia Jackson, on 12 July 1982. They have four children together. However, he also has one more son, who he adopted since his early days. 

Signed to Atlantic

1995

Jimmy Barnes joined Atlantic for worldwide release in mid-1990. Immediately after that, he headed into the studio with producer Don Gehman to record Two Fires. The album also features songwriting contributions from the likes of Diane Warren, Desmond Child and Holly Knight, whose track became the title of his record and vocal contributions from Brian Setzer, and from his wife and children. 

 

His second daughter was born

December 22 , 1984

On 22 December 1984, days after Jimmy Barnes had begun that year's Barnestorming tour, his second daughter, Eliza-Jane, was born. During his early days in his solo career, he was focused to break into the US market and signed to Geffen Records for release there.

His son Jackie Barnes was born

February 4 , 1986

Jimmy Barnes son Jackie Barnes (named after Jackie Wilson) was born on 4 February 1986. Soon after Jackie was born, his wife and his children joined him in the US for the rest of the tour. During that year, he recorded two songs with INXS, an Easybeats cover "Good Times" and "Laying Down The Law", which he co-wrote with INXS members Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence. 

 

Jimmy Barnes has a net worth of $20 million

2019

As of 2019, singer Jimmy Barnes has an estimated net worth of $20 million, accumulated from his musical career.