Gary Barlow is an English singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and television personality. He is best known as the lead singer of the British pop group, Take That, formed in 1990. As a band, Take That has released 10 studio albums. As a solo artist, he has released 5 solo studio albums. He has several number one singles and numerous top 10 singles. Barlow has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Besides his music career, he also pursued a television as well as an acting career. He was one of the judges of the talent reality show, The X Factor UK. As an actor, he has appeared in several projects.
Barlow is also known for his philanthropic works. He has participated or contributed to numerous charities. For his contribution to the entertainment industry and philanthropic works, he has been awarded numerous honors. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honors.
What is Gary Barlow Famous For?
- The lead singer of the British pop group, Take That.
Where is Gary Barlow From?
Gary Barlow was born on 20 January 1971. His birth place is in Frodsham in England. He holds an English nationality. He was born to a father, Colin Barlow, and a mother, Marjorie Cowan. He has an older brother. He belongs to white ethnicity and his religion is Christianity. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.
Gary Barlow Career
- Gary Barlow developed an interest in music at an early age. He started playing the piano from a young age.
- He competed at the BBC Pebble Mill at One Christmas song competition at the age of 15. He reached the semi-finals of the show and was invited to record his song at London’s West Heath Studio. This result inspired him to pursue music.
- While playing on Saturday evenings at the Connah’s Quay Labour Club in his early career in the late 1980s, he used to get paid 18 pounds per performance.
- Soon, the band, Take That was formed in 1990 with Barlow as the lead singer.
- The band made their debut in the UK in 1991 with “Do What U Like”.
- The band made a breakthrough with the cover of the 1970s Tavares hit “It Only Takes a Minute”.
- The band disbanded in 1996.
- The band reformed in 2006.
- The band has released 8 studio albums, 2 compilation albums, 3 live albums, and 1 EPs. to date.
- Their studio albums are:
- Take That & Party (1992)
- Everything Changes (1993)
- Nobody Else (1995)
- Beautiful World (2006)
- The Circus (2008)
- Progress (2010)
- III (2014)
- Wonderland (2017)
- Five of their albums reached number one on the UK chart.
- After Take That disbanded in 1996, Barlow pursued a solo career. He signed with RCA Records to continue his music career.
- He released his first single as a solo artist, “Forever Love” in July 1996.
- As a solo artist, Barlow has released 5 studio albums to date. They are:
- Open Road (1997)
- Twelve Months, Eleven Days (1999)
- Sing (2012)
- Since I Saw You Last (2013)
- Music Played by Humans (2020)
Gary Barlow Awards
- Heart for Best Single of 2013 for Let Me Go in 2013.
- GQ Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2012.
- 2012 Music Industry Trusts Award Honorary Recognition for Barlow’s contribution to music over the past two decades.
- OBE in 2012 for services to Entertainment Industry and Charity.
- 2012 Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music for Take That.
- 2012 National Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to Charity.
- 2012 National Television Award for Best Television Talent Show.
- 2011 Q Award for Classic Songwriter
- 2011 Q Award for Best Collaboration for Shame.
- 2010 Blue Peter Gold Badge.
- Awarded the prestigious Blue Peter Gold Badge in 2009 for outstanding achievements and inspiring children to realize their talents and achieve.
- 2008 Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Song.
- 2007 GQ Awards for Man of the Year.
- 1997 Echo Awards for Best Single for Forever Love.
- 1996 Ivor Novello Award for Never Forget.
- 1996 Billboard International Hit of the Year for Back for Good.
- 1995 Ivor Novello Award for the Song of the year for Back for Good.
- 1994 Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song for Pray.
- 1993 Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of The Year Award 1993.
Gary Barlow Wife
He is a married man. He is married to a former dancer, Dawn Andrews. She was a dancer on the Take That’s 1995 Nobody Else Tour. The couple got married in 2000. The couple shares 3 children together. They are Daniel, Emily, and Daisy. Tragically, their fourth child, Poppy was stillborn in 2012.
He has over 748k followers on Instagram and over 4 million followers on Twitter.
Gary Barlow Height
Gary Barlow stands at a height of 1.75 m tall i.e. 5 feet and 9 inches. He has a body weight of 150 lbs i.e. 68 kg. He has an athletic body build. He exercises regularly under the guidance of personal trainers and maintains his body fit. His eye color is blue and his hair color is light brown. His sexual orientation is straight.
Gary Barlow Net Worth
Gary Barlow earns from his career in the entertainment industry. He is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and television personality. He made his fortune mostly from his music career. His income comes from contracts, record sales, concerts, and tours. As a Take That and as a solo artist, Barlow has sold over 50 million records worldwide. He has also sold over 7 million concert tickets. He has sold over 5 million records worldwide as a solo artist.
As a producer, he has produced music for several artists. He founded an independent management company, San Remo Live Publishings in 2007. He had his own record label, Future in 2009. The label was closed in 2012. He is also paid good money for writing songs for other artists. He was paid a handsome salary for replacing Simon Cowell as one of the judges of the talent reality show, The X Factor. Summing up, the majority of his income comes from his music career. His net worth is estimated at $105 million at present.
Barlow was dragged into tax avoidance controversy in 2012 after it was revealed that Take That bandmates Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen among over 1100 people had invested 26 million pounds in music industry investment schemes. Barlow was accused of tax avoidance as the scheme itself was not illegal at the time he invested in it. The judge ruled that the scheme was set up for the purpose of avoiding tax, with the scheme generating losses of £336 million to enable Barlow and others to offset those losses against taxes they were liable to pay from other earnings. Barlow apologized n Twitter “to anyone who was offended by the tax stories”.