Gary Barlow


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.

Gary Barlow: 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.

Gary Barlow: 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).

Gary Barlow: Personal Life

Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have three children, Daniel (b.2000), Emily (b.2002) and Daisy (b.2009).

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Gary Barlow Says Take That Fans "Are Not Interested" In Their Finances

12th October 2014 -


On the eve of a promotional schedule for a new album, Take That singer Gary Barlow has stated that he believes that fans are not interested in his financial issues.Gary Barlow responds bullishly to questions...

Take That Announce Jeff Lynne-Produced New Album 'III'

10th October 2014 -


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...

Not Back For Good: Jason Orange Quits Take That

25th September 2014 -


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...

Gary Barlow Apologises for Tax Controversy (Then Announces Take That Album)

3rd September 2014 -


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...

Gabby Logan Involved in The Same Tax Dodge as Gary Barlow - Vows to Pay It All Back

20th May 2014 -


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,...

Ed Miliband Is Latest Politician To Have Say on Gary Barlow's Tax Avoidance

13th May 2014 -


Tax evasion. It’s the current thing. So when Gary Barlow and his Take That cohorts were judged to have avoided a fair amount of it, it wasn’t going to take long for those seeking to...

Lily Allen Gives Gary Barlow Both Barrels over "Tax Avoidance"

12th May 2014 -


Lily Allen has spoken out against the Take That singer-songwriter Gary Barlow in light of allegations that he and bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen invested in a tax avoidance scheme. Writing on Twitter on...

Gary Barlow's Charity Work Enough to Retain OBE, Insists David Cameron

12th May 2014 -


David Cameron isn’t doing much to shake his ‘help the rich, ignore the poor’ reputation. The British Prime Minister has insisted that Gary Barlow – who is facing sanctions over alleged tax avoidance – should...

Gary Barlow Reveals 'Le Me Go' Inspired By Stillborn Daughter Poppy

6th May 2014 -


For the first time ever Gary Barlow opened up about a tragedy that hit his family two years ago.In 2012 the pop star, and his wife Dawn, were expecting their fourth child together, but during...

We're Here Again: England 'World Cup Song' Will Debut March 21

6th March 2014 -


As the England football team prepare for their biggest challenge yet, facing the world’s top teams in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, some of the U.K’s biggest stars have seen football and music combine...

BBC Under Fire For Gary Barlow New Year's Eve Love-In

2nd January 2014 -


The BBC has come under fire again for its over-reliance on the talents of Gary Barlow, who hosted a 'Big Ben Bash' in the run up to midnight on New Year's Eve.Gary Barlow Saw In...

Robbie Williams Keeps Gary Barlow Off The Top Spot On UK Album Chart

30th December 2013 -


It was like 1997 all over again this weekend, as Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow battled it out for the Number One spot on the UK Album Chart. Much like the battles of the mid-to-late...

BBC Scales Back 'Gary Barlow Day' After Overexposure Criticism

6th December 2013 -


The BBC have been forced to scale back plans for a 'Gary Barlow Day' set to take place on BBC Radio 2, scheduled for Wednesday 11th December. Though the singer is a judge on The...

One Direction Hit No.1 Again With 'Midnight Memories' [Video]

2nd December 2013 -


Sunday's official UK charts countdown brought the somewhat predictable news that boyband One Direction had yet again scored a number one record with their newly released Midnight Memories. Their third and latest studio album was...

One Direction On Course For Another UK No.1 Album With 'Midnight Memories'

28th November 2013 -


One Direction are yet again set for another official UK chart number one with their newly released album, Midnight Memories. The five-piece boyband have topped the midweek charts, outselling the rest of the top five...

Royal Variety Show: Robbie Williams, Jessie J, Olly Murs And Gary Barlow Bring The Noise

26th November 2013 -


Yesterday evening, the London Palladium played host to the 86th Royal Variety Performance where Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla welcomed a starry line-up of celebrity guests and entertainers. The annual gala's line-up consists of high...

Patience: Gary Barlow Trying to Overcome His Fear of Flying

25th November 2013 -


You basically can’t be an international pop star if you’ve got a fear of flying. It’s the ‘international bit – which is hard to achieve without being airborne. Unless you fancy getting a ferry around...

Gary Barlow and Elton John Recorded 'Face to Face' In 10 Minutes

20th November 2013 -


Gary Barlow has revealed that Elton John laid down the vocals on his new song Face to Face in just ten minutes. The X-Factor judge was left stunned when the legendary singer-songwriter agreed to team...

Is There A Market For Sam Callahan after X-Factor Elimination?

18th November 2013 -


Sam Callahan, the latest contestant to be voted out of The X-Factor, says he is eager to continue his music career despite relentless criticism from the judges on the ITV talent show."People are going to...

Louis Walsh Considering 'X Factor' Future U-Turn: "I'm Having So Much Fun"

25th October 2013 -


X Factor judge Louis Walsh was all but set to exit the ITV talent contest when he announced this summer that the current series would be his last, saying "I need my life back" after...

Little Help From My Friends: Paul McCartney Recruits Johnny Depp, Kate Moss and More For 'Queenie Eye' Video [Pictures]

24th October 2013 -


A week after Sir Paul McCartney's latest solo album, New, debuted, the brand new video for track 'Queenie Eye' premieres today (October 24, 2013). However, this isn't any old music video: the former Beatle has...

Gary Barlow Ends 14 Year Wait For New Solo Material And Announces UK Tour To Boot

7th October 2013 -


Gary Barlow has re-established himself as one of the most important names in British pop thanks to his thoroughly successful re-launching of Take That coupled with his success as a judge on the X Factor...

Gary Barlow Announces New Single & Tour With First Solo Album In 14 Years, Full Track Listing

4th October 2013 -


Singer Gary Barlow has whirled his fans into a sudden frenzy of excitement after it was announced that not only does the former Take That singer have an album on the way, there's also a...

New Gary Barlow Solo Album Due November After 14 Years

18th September 2013 -


Gary Barlow has announced that he's nearly ready to drop his first solo effort in 14 years this November. Bar the Queen's Diamond Jubilee album, Sing, that he released with the Military Wives and the...

A New Destiny's Child? Gary Barlow Reckons He's Found 'Em

17th September 2013 -


Gary Barlow is truly ambitious for the new series of UK singing talent contest, The X Factor. The Take That singer is a judge on the show that filters through the country's best singing talent...

Not Everyone Is Convinced That Kylie Minogue Will Be A Successful Judge On 'The Voice'

13th September 2013 -


Kylie Minogue remains one of the biggest names in pop music today, with a back catalogue that most modern day pop starlets could only dream of for their future output. With this in mind, her...

Children In Need Fundraising Kick-Started By JLS, Union J & Terry Wogan

5th September 2013 -


BBC Children in Need has come around again and today (5th September) marks the launch of official fundraising. The charitable campaign, set up to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people, has raised £690 million...

Sir Elton John Awarded First Brits Icon Award

3rd September 2013 -


There's a new award in town, one that honours those musicians who have made the greatest, most lasting contribution to music in the modern era; the Brits Icon Award. The first ever Icon to be...

Gary Barlow Saves Blackpool Illuminations Gig After The Script Pull Out

30th August 2013 -


Gary Barlow has stepped in to headline the Blackpool Illuminations concert after Danny O'Donoghue - his former rival reality show judge - pulled out. The Take That man told fans on Twitter he would help...

Gary Barlow Offers To Help Save Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Gig

29th August 2013 -


He may have sang about lighting up the sky with boy band Take That in their hit 'Rule The World' but Gary Barlow probably never intended to do such things literally. Now it seems The...

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