Grandpa Jim’s rocking home
JIMMY Barnes will be rocking in a different way when his daughter Mahalia, 26, makes him a grandfather in September. But before the Scottish-born, Australian-raised singer starts answering to ‘‘grandpa’’ he’s been busy inviting the likes of Peter Garrett, Neil Finn and soul diva Marcia Hines to his Sydney home for his latest TV venture, My First Gig.
Relaxed in the company of a fellow performer, the 10 musical artists profiled on the show open up about their music origins and how their lives have shaped their career paths. Each episode features the guest singing a duet with Barnes.
‘‘There were similar things in all of them,’’ he says of the stories revealed. ‘‘That was one of the interesting things. If you look at (Hunters and Collectors frontman) Mark Seymour, who was touring with his family and doing his singing competitions, then look at Marcia, who was singing with her family in churches— their love of music grew from their families.’’
Knowing most of the artists at least put Barnes at ease when interviewing them.
House guest: Jimmy Barnes jamming at home for My First Gig with old rock mate Neil Finn.