Gary Barlow (born 20.1.1971) Gary Barlow is best known as a member of the hugely popular British pop band Take That. He is now also a judge of the UK talent show The X Factor. He has also experienced success as a solo artist and has won five Ivor Novello awards for his songwriting.
Childhood: After being inspired by a performance of Depeche Mode's 'Just Can't Get Enough' on Top of the Pops when he was 10 years old, Gary Barlow was given a keyboard for Christmas. He spent the next few years learning to play some of his favourite songs.
After winning a songwriting contest on the TV show Pebble Mill at One, Gary Barlow began to perform on the club circuit in the north, singing his own compositions as well as cover versions.
The casting agent Nigel Martin-Smith selected Gary Barlow to be the lead singer in a boy band he was putting together, after hearing Barlow's material, including an early demo version of 'A Million Love Songs', which later became a hit for Take That.
Music Career: Gary Barlow joined Howard Donald, Robbie Williams, Jason Orange and Mark Owen to form the boy band Take That. After signing to RCA Records, the band had a number of Top 40 hits (such as 'Only Takes a Minute' and 'Could It Be Magic') and finally struck gold and earned their first number one with the Barlow-penned 'Pray'.
Take That's debut album was released in 1992, entitled Take That & Party. The album reached number two in the UK charts. In 1993, the band released the follow-up, Everything Changes. The second album was largely based on Barlow's own material. Everything Changes went straight to number one in the UK and launched a number of hit singles.
In 1994, Gary Barlow received his first Ivor Novello award, winning the Best Contemporary Song for 'Pray'. That same year, Gary Barlow sang backing vocals on Elton John's cover of 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' for the film Lion King.
The third album from the band was Nobody Else, which became their final studio album of the 1990s. Nobody Else featured the single 'Back For Good', which was penned by Gary Barlow and has become one of the band's best-known songs. The band then released a Greatest Hits collection, which also reached number one. 'How Deep Is Your Love' was contained on the album and was the first single that the band released without Robbie Williams in the band. It was also to become the band's final single, before they reformed in in 2005.
Gary Barlow's solo career was launched in 1996, with 'Forever Love' and 'Love Won't Wait', both of which were number one singles in the UK. His debut solo album, Open Road was also a chart-topper.
The follow-up album, Twelve Months, Eleven Days was then released in 1999 but its sales performance was disappointing in comparison to its predecessor.
In 2010, Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams released a duet, entitled 'Shame'. The track received a huge amount of radio airplay and debuted at number two in the UK chart.
To celebrate his 40th birthday, Gary Barlow held a concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire, where he was joined by artists such as Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin and Midge Ure. A number of celebrities sent birthday messages, including Peter Kay, Elton John and Chris Moyles.
After the release of the documentary Take That: For the Record in 2005, the band decided to reform, minus Robbie Williams. Their comeback single, 'Patience' was a number one hit for four weeks and was voted The Record of the Year in 2006. The band's tenth number one hit came with the follow-up single, 'Shine' The band's first album since reforming, Beautiful World was released in November 2006 and also went to number one in the UK.
The next album from the band was The Circus, which became the most pre-ordered album of all time and sold over 2.2 million copies in the UK. Barlow then set about writing the follow up, Progress - the first Take That album to feature Robbie Williams since 1995. An estimated 1.75 million people attended their supporting arena shows.
Gary Barlow has also written songs for a number of high profile artists such as Shirley Bassey, Will Young, Westlife and Charlotte Church. Barlow also has his own record label, Future Records, home to Aggros Santos, Camilla Kerslake and Emma's Imagination.
In 2011, Gary Barlow replaced Simon Cowell as head judge on The X Factor TV series. The other judges on the show were Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos (of N-Dubz) and Kelly Rowland (of Destiny's Child).
Personal Life: Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have three children, Daniel (b.2000), Emily (b.2002) and Daisy (b.2009).
The singer-producer proposed to his girlfriend live on stage at V Festival in Essex earlier today.
Celebs have been more romantic than ever this year, making surprise appearances at ordinary couples' weddings, helping friends propose live on stage, and even popping the question themselves in front of huge audiences. And Labrinth continued the trend today (Saturday 22 August) by asking his girlfriend, Muz, to marry him, live at V Festival in Essex.
Labrinth has asked Muz to marry him
The singer-producer was performing at the annual event at Hylands Park in Chelmsford when he got down on one knee and proposed to his long-term partner, to the delight of thousands of fans.
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The star wowed guests and serenaded the grooms as part of the LGBT initiative Turn It Up for Change.
The Oscar-winning singer and actress turned up at one of Dallas's first same-sex weddings, as Scott and Chris Lindsey tied the knot at the W Dallas-Victory hotel in Texas on Wednesday after 14 years together.
J-Hud gave two grooms a day to remember
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Having broken the hearts of millions when Robbie Williams quit in 1995, Take That have had first hand experience of carrying on life as a four-piece group.
Mark Owen was speaking to British radio station Magic FM when he was asked about the similarity of the two situations, and replied “Do you know what, one thing that we never did when Rob left us the first time is we never... You get caught up in your world and you forget sometimes... hopefully somebody's phoned Zayn and made sure he's alright, because it's, you know, it's difficult.”
Take That early in 2015
Gary Barlow - Shots of a variety of stars as they attended the Opening Night of Broadway's 'Finding Neverland' which was sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Chase, iHeartMedia and USA TODAY. The opening night was held at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 15th April 2015
The production, entitled 'The Girls', will make its world premiere in Leeds in November this year.
The world premiere of Gary Barlow’s musical adaptation of the film Calendar Girls will be held in Leeds, the singer revealed.
On Sunday, the Take That lead singer revealed that the musical version of the 2003 hit film, to be called ‘The Girls’, will be held at Leeds Grand Theatre on Saturday November 14th, where it will then run until Saturday December 12th before moving base to Salford in January 2016.
Gary Barlow will be writing the lyrics for a musical version of 'Calendar Girls'
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The actor is said to signed on to help produce the musical, which opens later this year.
‘Breaking Bad’ star and Tony award winning actor Bryan Cranston is said to have signed on as a producer for Broadway musical Finding Neverland, after saying he “cried with joy” following a preview of the show earlier this month.
Walter White has moved on to Neverland
Page Six reports that the actor has signed up to help produce the show, with a source quoted as saying “Rarely do celebrities invest in projects, so this is a big sign of [Bryan’s] faith in the show.” Cranston had seen a performance of the show early February after which he tweeted, “I saw this new musical in Boston and cried with joy... But anyone thinking of repeating that better Tread Lightly. “
The 43 year old singer made the statement to The Sun, following outcry over a tax avoidance scheme in which he participated.
Gary Barlow responds bullishly to questions about tax avoidance
In an interview with The Sun over the controversy which surfaced earlier this year, Barlow said: “It’s a problem. It’s something we’ve got to get to the bottom of and sort. Our fans, they want to buy our records and watch our tours. They’re not interested. We can’t talk about it and, to be honest, I don’t want to talk about it. It’s actually a private thing.”
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Take That are forging on without Jason Orange, announcing new album 'III'
Not wishing to dwell on the semi-bad publicity of having a member leave the group, trio Take That have announced a new album, titled III. Jason Orange left the group two weeks ago, though Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen have vowed to go it as a three-piece.
Out in December - and probably ending up in your Christmas stocking - III will be the band's seventh album and is described as an "out-and-out feelgood pop" album produced by Greg Kurstin (Lana Del Rey, Katy Perry), Jeff Lynne (ELO), Stuart Price (The Killers) and John Shanks. Confirming the details on Twitter, the band also unveiled the artwork - an abstract group shot of the Orange-less guys looking triumphant - and a brand new song, These Days.
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Jason Orange has announced he is leaving Take That.
Take That fans might want to have their hankies at the ready- Jason Orange has announced he is leaving the band. The news comes as the band gear up to start working on their new album, with frontman Gary Barlow stating most of the material has already been written.
Jason has called time on his involvement in Take That
In a statement on the band's website, Orange thanked fans for their support over the years, and paid tribute to his bandmates. The band first formed in 1990, consisting of Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald. Williams famously left the band in July 1995, with the band splitting up the following year. At the time the news devestated legions of fans across the world, with the government even setting up special phone hotlines to offer support to them.
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Gary Barlow has vowed to sort his finances ASAP - oh, and his band are back.
Gary Barlow has apologised for allegations that he avoided tax and pledged to settle his affairs ASAP. The singer and his Take That band-mates Howard Donald and Mark Owen - along with manager Jonathan Wild - reportedly invested £66 million in Icebreaker partnerships, presented as schemes for music industry investment.
Gary Barlow has apologised for allegations of tax avoidance
In May, a judge ruled that the initiative was a tax-avoidance scheme and HM Revenue & Customs is expected to demand repayment. In July, allegations emerged that Barlow had been avoiding taxes through an investment scheme called Liberty. Michael Caine, Katie Melua and Anne Robinson were also linked to the Leeds-based tax strategy, which allegedly sheltered $1.2 billion from tax.
As an increasing number of celebs get caught for tax avoidance, an increasing number try and get their apologies in quickly
Gabby Logan – the prominent BBC sports presenter – has admitted to avoiding tax, like Gary Barlow, by investing thousands into Icebreaker, a company that claimed to support young musicians. A recent court ruling, however, ruled that the firm was "understood by all concerned to be a tax avoidance scheme".
Gabby Logan beat an angry press mob and issued an apology quick-time
"I was advised about a business opportunity six years ago (2008) and I invested in good faith. It was explained to me as a way of funding new acts in the music industry. Because of information which came to light in 2012, I decided the investment was not right for me,” Logan explained on her website, where she posted a press release.
Date of birth
20th January, 1971