Gary Barlow

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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).



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Gary Barlow's 'Let It Shine' Drops Behind 'The Voice' In Second Week Ratings


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Having been a ratings winner in its first week, Gary Barlow’s new BBC talent show ‘Let It Shine’ has reportedly slumped behind its ITV rival ‘The Voice UK’ in the viewing figures for its second episode last weekend.

The Sun reported that, having pulled in 6.8 million viewers for its launch the previous weekend, Saturday night’s show (January 14th) lost more than a million viewers to clock figures of 5.7 million. Still impressive, but it was also said to be less than ‘The Voice’ over on the other channel, a crucial aspect.

“It’s the first time that people at home have been able to choose which show they wanted to watch – and more people have gone with ‘The Voice’,” a source told the tabloid over the weekend.

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Take That Are Back Together For Good


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Take That are back together for good.

Gary Barlow - the frontman of the band - is adamant the group, which is also comprised of Mark Owen and Howard Donald, will never split up again but thinks there may be a day when former member Jason Orange, 46 - who quit in 2014 - and part-timer Robbie Williams, 42, decide that they want to rejoin the trio.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the 45-year-old hunk said: ''We're at the point in our careers where we feel more excited than we've ever been.

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Gary Barlow Explains Difference Between 'Let It Shine' And Rival Talent Shows


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Take That singer Gary Barlow will launch new BBC talent show ‘Let It Shine’ this Saturday, which searches for five singers to form a Take That tribute act who will star in a West End musical.

But speaking ahead of the show’s launch, Barlow appeared to make a thinly veiled dig at rival talent show ‘X Factor’ on which he previously appeared as a judge.

Gary BarlowGary Barlow is launching new talent show ‘Let It Shine’

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Take That Will Fall Apart With 'any Less Than Three' Band Members


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Take That will fall apart with ''any less than three'' band members, according to Gary Barlow.

The 45-year-old singer believes if remaining band members Mark Owen or Howard Donald were to follow in Jason Orange and part-time member Robbie Williams' footsteps and quit the group the 'Back For Good' hitmakers will fall apart and never be able to carry on as a duo.

Speaking to the Metro newspaper about the bands future, he said: ''It can't get any less than three.''

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Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp at the Let it Shine photocall held at the Ham Yard Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 13th December 2016

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Take That Announce 22 Date 'Wonderland' Tour


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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 ThatTake That will be hitting the road in 2017 for their Wonderland tour

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Liam Gallagher Says Brother Noel Is A "Potato" Who "Dresses Like Gary Barlow"


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Liam Gallagher has taken another swipe at his brother Noel as he prepares for the release of Oasis documentary Supersoinc.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Liam described his brother as “a potato” and added that he now “dresses like Gary Barlow”.

Liam GallagherLiam Gallagher thinks his brother Noel is a “potato”, who takes his style from Gary Barlow

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Dannii Minogue Revealed As A Judge On Gary Barlow's 'Let It Shine'


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Former ‘X Factor’ judge Dannii Minogue has been unveiled as one of the new judges on the panel of Gary Barlow’s forthcoming BBC talent show ‘Let It Shine’ later this year.

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!

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Gary Barlow Hasn't Spoken To Simon Cowell In Three Years


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Gary Barlow has said he hasn't spoken to his former boss Simon Cowell in the three years since he left 'The X Factor'. Barlow’s comments come after it was reported that Cowell is considering legal action against the Take That star, over the format of his new BBC talent show.

Gary BarlowGary Barlow says he hasn't spoken to Simon Cowell in three years.

Speaking to The Mirror, Barlow said: "I haven’t spoken to him since I left 'X Factor' three years ago. My show’s totally separate.” Barlow was a judge on 'The X Factor' from 2011 to 2013, replacing Cowell when he left the panel. Cowell would then return to replace Barlow in 2014.

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Gary Barlow - BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend - Performances - Day 1 - Sigma featuring Take That at Powderham Castle - Exeter, United Kingdom - Saturday 28th May 2016

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Robbie Williams And Jason Orange Mooted For Take That Reunion


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Robbie Williams and Jason Orange are reportedly in favour of a reunion with Take That ahead of the band’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’.

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Take That Reportedly Land Lucrative Las Vegas Residency


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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 ThatTake 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.”

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Gary Barlow - Take That close Carfest festival cars and music - Guilford, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Gary Barlow - Celebrities at Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th June 2015

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Take That, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald - Shots of the performances from the Brit Awards 2015 which were held at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th February 2015

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Gary Barlow

Date of birth

20th January, 1971

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Sex

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