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  • Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow rose to fame as part of the hit nineties boy band, Take That. Formed in 1990, Gary Barlow joined Mark Owen, Robbie Williams, Howard Donald and Jason Orange as the lead singer. Known for penning some of their biggest hits, in 1994 he won his first Ivor Novello Award for the single, Pray. After the break-up of Take that in 1996, Barlow embarked on a solo career, achieving two No.1 hit singles, Forever Love and Love Won’t Wait. Open Road, his debut solo album also reached No.1 upon its release in 1997. In 2005 it was announced that Take That would reunite. Their comeback album, entitled Beautiful World, debuted at No.1, and Patience, the first single from the album went straight to No.1.In addition to his solo career and work with Take That, Gary Barlow is a successful songwriter, having written songs for a long list of artists including Westlife, Will Young and Shirley Bassey. He has his own record label, Future Records, and has become a well-known TV personality as a judge on the X Factor. Alongside Andrew-Lloyd Webber, he wrote the official Diamond Jubilee single, Sing, in 2012. He is a six-time recipient of the Ivor Novello Award, and in 2012 he was appointed an OBE in recognition to his services to the entertainment industry and to charity. His first solo album for 14 years, entitled Since I Saw You Last, was released in November 2013, followed by a 2014 UK tour.