John Farnham, the legendary British-born Australian singer, and Jillian Billman, his wife of 50 years, have two children, Robert and James. Robert, the older of the two, is a member of the Australian band Rival Fire, while James, who is younger, is a helicopter pilot.
Although both are doing well in their chosen fields, they are in the spotlight because of their father’s fame as one of Australia’s top performers and the country’s first artist to have a number-one record (album or single) in 5 consecutive decades.
Here’s a look at the lives and careers of Rob and Jim, as they’re fondly known.
Robert Farnham Grew Up And Took To Music After His Father, Here’s What We Know About His Live, Career And Relationship
Robert Hails From Melburne, Vicotoria
The first of John Farnham’s 2 children, Robert Farnham was born on September 27, 1981, in Melbourne, Vicotoria, Australia. He is currently 42 years old.
Although there are no specifics about Rob’s childhoo, he grew up with his only brother James. He has many childhood memories with his younger brother, from ice skating to dressing up as Batman. He once said that James is one of the few individuals he can trust and who will tell him the truth to his face.
Based on the information presented above, Rob and his younger brother have a strong bond both as children and as adults.
A Look At His Acting And Music Career
As previously stated, his father is well-known for being the only Australian artist to have a number-one record (album or single) in five consecutive decades. It includes singles like Sadie (1967), Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head (1970), and Age of Reason (1988), and albums like Whispering Jack (1986), Age of Reason (1988), Chain Reaction (1990), Then Again (1990), and Last Time (2002).
With this in mind, it is natural for a child to want to gravitate toward his or her parent’s career. It happened in the case of Rob, who became interested in acting and singing.
He has a few acting credits to his name. The first was as Todd in director Del Shores’ 2001 film Wilde Girls. Following that, he appeared as Alex in direcotr Michael Rymer’s 2002 horror thriller, Queen of the Damned.
In terms of music, Rob has been associated with music since the age of 16. He has performed in a number of places, including East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He got to collaborate with drummer Matt Darcy and guitarist Tim Smyth on this endeavor. The three then went on to entertain Australian troops.
Rob, Darcy, and Smyth decided to stay together and form Rival Fire in 2013 after working together and developing a synergy. They quickly began composing and recording before adding a fourth member, bassist Zac Connelly, and later guitarist John Zamblies.
The Rival Fire released their debut album in August 2017 titled War. It has tracks such as:
- Take the Fall
- Let It Go
- Clipped Wings
- All by Yourself
Besides the album, the band released an EP in 2022 titled Far From Home. It features track such as Far from Home, Faith Healer, Red and Up and Down.
At the moment, Matt Darcy and John Zamblies are no longer part of the band. Apart from Rob, other members of the band are Tim Smyth, Zac Connelly and Kieran Rafferty.
The 42-Year-Old Is Currently Engaged To Melissa Kelly
Robert Farnham is in a relationship with a woman named Melissa Kelly. On November 14, 2022, the actor and singer went down on a knee and proposed to her.
From what we gathered, he said his best friend and the love of his life agreed to marry him, and that he can’t wait to spend the rest of his life with her. At the moment, there is no clear indication of when the wedding will take place, but its sure around the corner.
James Farnham Took A Different Path Off His Father’s Music Career, Below Are Interesting Things About His Life And Relationship
James Grew Up In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
John Farnham’s youngest son, James Farnham was born on January 16, 1988, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is now 36 years old.
He was raised in Melbourne with his older brother, Robert. As previously stated, the two have a strong bond while growing up as kids and now as adults.
Jim and his older brother used to play together as youngsters, doing everything from ice skating to dressing up as Batman. They now play golf together as adults, and James is really good at it. His older brother once said that no matter how hard he tries, Jim always plays better and beats him all the time.
The 36 -Year-Old Is A Helicopter Pilot
While his older brother pursued acting and music, James takes a different path.
From what we’ve gathered, his interest lie in several areas, from photograph, and traveling, to flying a helicopter. Based on his social media profile, he has travelled to different places around the world and has put his photography skills to the test by always taking pictures of animals and moments with friends.
In August 2018, he took his first helicopter lession with Melbourne Helicopters. Four years later, he had his first solo helicopter flight.
He Is Currently Dating A Doctor Of Chinese Medicine
James Farnham is in a relationship with Tessa Effendi, a doctor of Chinese Medicine. He started dating her around 2007 or 2008. For all these, the two have travelled to different places together, creating beautiful memories and forging a strong bond.
Jim and Tessa have on several occasions shared some of these months on their individual social media pages.