Jimmy Barnes

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

James Swan, 28 April 1956, Cowcaddens, Glasgow, Scotland. With the disintegration of the Australian band Cold Chisel in 1983, lead singer Jimmy Barnes embarked on a solo career with Mushroom Records. He teamed up with Jonathan Cain (ex-Babys) and produced two albums in quick succession. These were characterized by Barnes’ rough and raunchy vocal delivery, and included erudite selections of blues, soul and R&B numbers. Freight Train Heart had a much bigger budget, as Geffen Records were hoping to break Barnes in America. With contributions from Journey’s Neal Schon, Desmond Child, Mick Fleetwood and Jim Vallence, the result was a classic American rock album. Surprisingly, it did not take off and Geffen dropped Barnes in 1988. A credible double live album, appropriately titled Barnestorming, was recorded in Melbourne on his 1987-88 tour of Australia. This surfaced on import on the Mushroom label, and eventually led to a new international contract with...

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