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Gary Barlow

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Frodsham, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom (1996 – present)

Gary Barlow (born 20 January 1971 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, composer and record producer. He is frontman and lead vocalist of British pop-group Take That and served as head judge on series 8, 9 and 10 of The X Factor UK.

Barlow is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written fourteen Number 1 singles and twenty four top 10 hits. He has had three Number 1 singles, six top 10 singles and two Number 1 albums as a solo artist, and has had seventeen top 5 hits, twelve Number 1 singles and seven Number 1 albums with Take That. He is also a six-time recipient of the Ivor Novello Award and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. He was appointed an OBE in 2012 for services to music and charity.

Barlow’s solo career was predicted to be very successful, being described as ‘the next George Michael’. His first two solo singles “Forever Love” (released July 1996) and “Love Won’t Wait” (composed by Madonna and Shep Pettibone) both leapt to the number one spot in his home country. “Forever Love” was also used as the soundtrack to the film The Leading Man. His debut album “Open Road” reached number 1 in the UK Albums Chart and went on to sell 2 million copies worldwide. Barlow’s first single to be released in the United States as a solo artist was “So Help Me Girl”, which reached number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number 1 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. He then achieved another top ten hit in the UK with “Open Road” peaking at number 7 and number 8 in the Netherlands with “Are You Ready Now”.

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