Hard-Hitting Australian drummer Jackie James Barnes has been described as a drummer of amazing feel and endurance, with a hungry appetite for music from all different corners of the globe that continues to add many different flavors to his playing.
Born into Australian music royalty as the son of legendary rock singer Jimmy Barnes, it seems Jackie was always destined to be a part of the music industry. He discovered drums from the time he could walk through watching Tony Brock play with his father, and grew up listening to a huge variety of musical styles ranging from Rock to World Music as well as many other genres.
“I remember watching dad singing from side of stage when I was a little boy and wanting to imitate everything he did, but then I saw Tony Brock up the back with stuff everywhere swinging his arms all over the place and bangin’ on things and I thought to myself, ‘That’s what I want to do’.”
After finishing high school in Sydney, Australia, Jackie began working in the local music scene and eventually auditioned successfully for the Jimmy Barnes band in 2005 and immediately began touring locally and globally. After a few years in the band, he felt the necessity to branch out and expand his musical knowledge, so he applied, auditioned and began a Bachelor of Music at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2010 Jackie graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor of Music majoring in Performance.
In the meantime, Jackie continues to tour and record with Jimmy Barnes and he has also had the chance to work alongside other great artists such as Diesel, Cold Chisel, Steve Morse and Glenn Hughes to name a few. He has recorded on over 40 releases, including 2 DVDs, and has toured Europe, USA, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Australia/New Zealand. With a wealth of experience at such a young age it seems Jackie has a long illustrious career ahead of him.
From January 2013, Jackie will be the new touring drummer for The Ten Tenors, and you will be able to see him on their upcoming world tour.
Jackie is proud to endorse Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Heads.
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