Grandpa Jim’s rock­ing home

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - ERIN McWHIRTER

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.

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