Jimmy Barnes Bio, Age, Height, Weight, Family and Early Life, Career, Net worth, Wife, Children, Awards

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Jimmy Barnes Biography

Jimmy Barnes is a famous  Scottish-Australian singer, songwriter, and musician. However, Jimmy has been both a solo performer and the lead vocalist with the rock band Cold Chisel. So it made him one of the best-selling Australian musicians and most popular artists of all time. In combination with 14 Australian Top 40 albums for Cold Chisel. Including 13 charting solo albums, including 17 No. 1s, gives Jimmy Barnes the highest number of hit albums of any Australian or international artist in the Australian market.

Jimmy Barnes Age

Barnes was born in the year 1956 on April 22. he is currently 66 years of age as of the year 2022.

Jimmy Barnes Height

jimmy’s body measurement height is 5 feet 10 inches tall.

 Barnes Weight

Jimmy has a fine body and is strong by the look of his photos, so he weighs approximately 77 kilograms.

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 Family and Early Life

Barnes was born James Dixon Swan in the Cowcaddens area of Glasgow, the son of Dorothy and Jim Swan. So Jimmy’s father was a prizefighter, while his maternal grandmother was Jewish. Barnes was raised Protestant Above all Barne’s mother gave birth to him and his other four siblings Dorothy, Allan, John, and Linda. So Jimmy referred to the environment he lived in during his childhood as a Slum because it had alcohol and violence.

Barnes’s older brother, John, would also later become known as a singer under the name Swanee. John encouraged and taught Barnes how to sing, as he was not initially interested. Jimmy and his family moved to Australia when he was five years old on 21 January 1962. They originated from  Adelaidethough they eventually settled in nearby Elizabeth.

After that same year, Barnes’s sister Lisa was born. Shortly afterward, their parents divorced. Later his mother Dorothy remarried a clerk named Reg Barnes, who died on 3 September 2013. Jimmy adopted the name, James Dixon Barnes, after his stepfather.

Jimmy Barnes Career

Between 1973 and 1983 

In 1973 Barnes took up a training period in a foundry with the South Australian Railways. But because he loved music with his brother led he joined the band. In his brother, Swanee 1974 played drums with Fraternity, which had just parted ways with singer Bon Scott.

Later in 1975 Barnes joined a harder-edged band called Orange. He featured organist and songwriter Don Walker, guitarist Ian Moss, drummer Steve Prestwich, and bassist Les Kaczmarek. In 1974, Orange changed its name to Cold Chisel and began to develop a strong presence on the local music scene.

Cold Chisel released five studio albums and won numerous TV Week / Countdown Awards this was between the years 1978 and 1984. The band broke up in December 1983.

Barnes as Solo Artist

After the band broke up Barnes met  Jane Mahoney in 1979  the stepdaughter of an Australian diplomat. Jimmy began a relationship with her. Then he launched his solo career in less than one month.

In September 1984 Jimmy released his first solo album called  Bodyswerve was  Number One on the Australian charts. In December 1985 Barnes released the second album For the Working Class Man. Therefore the second album debuted on the Australian national chart at No. 1 in December 1985 and remained at No. 1 for seven weeks.

Jimmy recorded his fourth studio album and featured songwriting contributions from the likes of Desmond Child, Diane Warren, and Holly Knight in 1990. Soul Deep was his fifth album released In November 1991.

The Progress

In October 2000, Barnes performed at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. In addition to that  Jimmy released a second album of soul tunes, titled Soul Deeper on November 2ooo.

Furthermore, in 2010 Barnes released his fourteenth solo studio album, Rage, and Ruin. Later in 2014, Barnes released 30:30 Hindsight which is an anniversary album, celebrating 30 years since his chart-topping debut solo album, Bodyswerve

Barnes also guest-starred in the television comedy “These New South Whales” based on the Australian band. In 2021, Barnes stated that he formed a rockabilly band with Slim Jim Phantom and Chris Cheney.

Jimmy Barnes’s Net worth


Jimmy is a husband to Jane Mahoney born in 1958 and they have lived together from 1981 to date.


Barnes has the following children

  1. David Campbell
  2. Mahalia Barnes
  3. Jackie Barnes
  4. EJ Barnes
  5. Elly-May Barnes


  • ARIA Award for Best Children’s Album
  • Favorite Personality – Male
  • Logie Award for Most Popular Music Video
  • ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack, Cast, or Show Album