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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 band will be joined by the newly reunited All Saints.
Take That have announced a UK and Ireland tour for May and June 2017, in support of their upcoming Wonderland album.
The band will hit the road for 22 dates, beginning in Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena on May 8 and 9.
Take That will be hitting the road in 2017 for their Wonderland tour
Continue reading: Take That Announce 22 Date 'Wonderland' Tour
The brothers have been feuding for years and are unlikely to reunite anytime soon.
Liam Gallagher thinks his brother Noel is a “potato”, who takes his style from Gary Barlow
Dannii Minogue is returning to British TV to judge a talent show for the first time since 2010.
The Australian star, younger sister of pop princess Kylie, will be appearing alongside Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and ‘Glee’ star Amber Riley on the panel of the BBC One show, which seeks to find five performers for a stage show musical based on the music and career of Barlow’s band Take That.
Barlow himself revealed that Minogue would be participating in the show by posting a great throwback picture on Twitter, showing the singer posing with a very early version of Take That way back in 1991!
Continue reading: Dannii Minogue Revealed As A Judge On Gary Barlow's 'Let It Shine'
Gary Barlow has teased Take That will announce some tour dates in October.
Take That are set to announce a tour in October.
Gary Barlow - the frontman of the band - has teased that the the 'Back For Good' hitmakers will have some exciting news coming later this year about their worldwide gigs.
Replying to a fan on Twitter, he wrote: ''Tour news October X (sic)''
Continue reading: Take That To Announce Tour In October
Barlow will be the main judge and Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton will present on 'Let It Shine', which looks for participants for a Take That musical.
The BBC has announced that Gary Barlow will be the centrepiece of the next big talent show rollout in its search for a reliable Saturday night TV hit, with the Take That singer auditioning hopefuls with the aim of putting together a ‘Mamma Mia’-style stage musical.
‘Let It Shine’ will be co-presented by Graham Norton and ‘Great British Bake-Off’ host Mel Giedroyc, in a format strongly redolent of BBCOne’s former hit ‘I’d Do Anything’, Barlow and other judges will be seeking to assemble a new group of performers for a production called ‘The Band’, which will feature the music of Take That.
The musical in question has been assembled by Barlow and his bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen.
Continue reading: Gary Barlow To Front New BBC1 Saturday Night Talent Show 'Let It Shine'
Robbie is reportedly working with his former bandmates on new material.
Robbie Williams is reportedly heading back to the studio with Take That to work on new music. It will be the first time Robbie has written with his former bandmates since 2010 and the tracks will feature on the group’s mammoth Greatest Hits album, which will come out next year to mark their 25th anniversary.
Robbie Williams is reportedly working with Take That again.
A source told The Sun: “Robbie loves being part of the creative process and he has lots to offer. He influenced the last album he featured on with his electro sound, which reflected his solo work at the time.”
Jason and Robbie are said to be keen on re-joining Take That to celebrate the group's 25th anniversary next year.
If a report in the Mirror is to believed, the original 1990s line-up could be returning in 2017 for a series of special live shows and a two-hour TV documentary celebrating a quarter of a century since Take That’s emergence.
Their debut album, Take That & Party, was released in 1992 and included some of their break-out hits like ‘Could it Be Magic’ and ‘It Only Takes a Minute’.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams And Jason Orange Mooted For Take That Reunion
Are Take That heading to Sin City?
Take That have reportedly signed a deal for a lucrative Las Vegas residency. The British band are said to have impressed promoter with their recent sold-out 'Take That Live' arena tour, despite never previously cracking the US market.
Take That have reportedly signed a deal for a Las Vegas residency.
“Brits are bound to lap up seeing them on foreign soil but there’s also hope the band will attract a completely new fan base from abroad,” a source told the The Sun.“It’s a huge deal as the lads have always dreamed of cracking America.”
Continue reading: Take That Reportedly Land Lucrative Las Vegas Residency
The singer first left the band back in 1995, breaking millions of teenage hearts.
Robbie Williams could be about to join his old Take That bandmates again, to celebrate the group’s 25th anniversary. According to The Sun, Williams is having ‘secret talks’ to reunite with the band, five years after he briefly returned for their 2010 album Progress.
Robbie Williams could be back with Take That again soon.
A source told The Sun, "Robbie's first return to Take That was never going to be a one-off. He feels passionate and proud of the band's achievements and still wants to be part of it. He loves the big tours and being in the studio with the lads. His comeback will be a great way to mark their anniversary.”
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Is Reportedly In Talks To Reunite With Take That Again
The Take That Star Sang At A Fan's Wedding Reception
A bride got the shock of her life on her special day when an extra special guest made an appearance at her wedding reception. Take That superstar Gary Barlow had been booked by the bride and groom’s friends and amazed the wedding guests with Rule the World after a Robbie Williams tribute act had finished his gig.
Gary Barlow started a Twitter competition with the prize himself singing at someone's wedding
Bride Katie Hardy and her new husband Stephen Hardy were kept in the dark about Gary’s appearance at their nuptials in Leicestershire after their friends had put their names forward following a Twitter competition Barlow launched in January.
Continue reading: Gary Barlow Is An Extra Special Wedding Present
Date of birth
20th January, 1971
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