Real name: Gary Barlow
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Partner: Dawn Andrews
Aged 15, Gary entered a BBC Pebble Mill at One competition called "A Song For Christmas" with a song called "Let's Pray For Christmas". After getting through to the semifinals he was invited to London's West Heath Studios to record his song. This inspired Barlow to perform on the northern club circuit, singing cover versions and his own songs.
Aged 18 in 1990, he appointed Wigan show business agent Barry Woolley to be his manager and, after a change of stage name to Gary Barlow, recorded a single ("Love Is in the Air") under the stage name Kurtis Rush. After the single's commercial failure, Gary came under the influence of pop manager Nigel Martin-Smith and formed Take That, becoming the lead singer.
Woolley then sued Gary shortly after, and the case was settled days before it was due to enter high courts in 1995. More than 5 years later, the teen pop idol handed over an estimated half a million pounds (£500,000) to Mr Woolley, to prevent the case going to court.
In 1996, Take That split up and Barlow went solo. His first release, the single "Forever Love", was an immediate number one hit in the UK. His album, Open Road, also went to the top of the chart, as did his second solo single "Love Won't Wait" written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone. The remix was produced by Junior Vasquez. The original demo remains one of many unreleased Madonna songs. He also reached #3 in the United States adult contemporary music charts with "So Help Me Girl", also a top 20 UK hit. Another single (the album's title cut), "Open Road", reached #7 in the UK. He followed that up with his second album Twelve Months, Eleven Days.
Barlow performed at the first two annual Capital FM-hosted Party in the Park events in London's Hyde Park in 1998 and 1999.
Barlow quit his career as a singer, with his final single remaining unreleased, he returned to songwriting and producing, writing hits including single "Not Me, Not I" for Delta Goodrem. Barlow is company president of True North Music Company. He has also worked with Elton John, Donny Osmond and Christina Aguilera amongst others.
Barlow married former Take That backing dancer Dawn Andrews in 2000, and the couple have two children: a son Daniel (born August 16th 2000) and a daughter Emily (born May 31st 2002). In a 2005 television documentary on Take That, Take That... for the Record, Williams retracted his previous taunting of Barlow, claiming that he would swap all of his current success for Barlow's happy family life.
In his autobiography My Take, Barlow mentions he was on the Edgware Road tube train that was one of the targets of the 7 July 2005 London bombings.
Barlow's very first solo single (July 1996) UK: #1 Germany: #5 France: #7 Australia: #7 Switzerland: #5 Norway: #9
- "Love Won't Wait" (April 1997)
UK: #11 Germany: #35 Australia: #36 United States (Billboard Hot 100): #44
- "Open Road" (November 1997)
The sixth and final single from the Open Road album released in Europe in April 1998: UK: #12 Germany: #69
- "Stronger" July 1999