HE’S GOT THE SOUL
He’s the gravel-voiced rocker whose tunes complete any pub playlist, but there’s a softer side to Jimmy Barnes that may surprise you
He may be known as the frontman for one of Australia’s greatest rock bands, but with four albums and four tours of soul under his belt, there’s no other way to put it. Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes is simply full of it – soul that is.
“Yeah, there’s a lot of soul music I love but there’s a lot of it still out there,” he says.
“I’ve only scraped the surface of soul music. I’m a rock’n’roll singer but I love soul music, so I have the luxury of just coming in and picking the songs I would like to sing and also ones that people love and this really captures their (the crowd’s) attention.”
Barnes says soul has been a huge part of his musical life, particularly during his younger years before he changed the face of Australian rock with his Cold Chisel band mates.
“As a young fella in Adelaide, my parents played a lot of soul and black music like Ray Charles and Nat King Cole,” he explains. “My brother John was playing soul music but it wasn’t ‘til I turned about 12 that I joined a rock band.”
It’s never too long between drinks for Barnes, with the gravelly voiced singer gracing stages around the country as often as he can – and this week he’ll be performing at Jupiters Gold Coast.
“This is a much different show because it’s a soul tour –
Jimmy Barnes says the songs from his new soul tour have a special place in his heart.