James Dixon Barnes was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 28 April 1956. He is a Scottish-born Australian musician, singer, and songwriter.
According to James himself, he grew up in a slum-like environment where his mother had five children, including himself, before she turned age 21.
Barnes’s family moved to Australia when he was five years old, initially settling in Adelaide before moving to live near Elizabeth.
He has a career as both a solo artist and the lead vocalist for the rock band Cold Chisel. With Cold Chisel, James has 14 Top 40 albums and 13 charting albums as a solo artist.
Of all the artists on the Australian music market, Barnes is the one with the highest number of hit albums.
James did not start out loving music, it was his older brother John who taught and encouraged him to pursue music.
What Is Jimmy Barnes Real Name?
Jimmy Barnes was born James Dixon Swan, the real name given to him by his parents.
Why Did Jimmy Barnes Change His Name?
Jimmy adopted the name of his late step-father Reg Barnes, after his mother remarried after divorcing his father shortly after they relocated to Australia.