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Gary Barlow (born 20 January 1971) is an English singer-songwriter, pianist and record producer. He is frontman and lead vocalist of pop group Take That and the head judge on the The X Factor. Gary Barlow is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters. He has had two Number 1 singles and a Number 1 album as a solo artist, and has had sixteen top 5 hits, eleven Number 1 singles and seven Number 1 albums with Take That.He is also a five-time recipient of the Ivor Novello Award and has sold over 40 million records worldwide with Take That.
In 1986 Gary Barlow entered a BBC Pebble Mill at One Christmas song competition with "Let’s Pray For Christmas". After getting through to the semi-finals, 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. Barlow’s first performance was at the Connah’s Quay Labour Club in the late eighties and he was paid £18 per performance on Saturday evenings.
In 1989 he appointed Wigan show business agent Barry Woolley to be his manager and recorded a single ("Love Is in the Air") which was never released commercially. Barlow was eventually put in touch with casting agent Nigel Martin-Smith who was interested in starting a boyband. Martin-Smith decided to use Barlow as the lead-singer after being impressed by his self written material including an early demo tape of Barlow’s "A Million Love Songs" concluding that the band will be built around Barlow’s vocals and songwriting skills.
Gary Barlow, who wrote the majority of the Take That songs, is generally recognised as the musical talent behind Take That. After choosing Barlow as the group’s lead-singer, Nigel Martin-Smith introduced Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and finally Robbie Williams to the fold. The UK group were signed to RCA records, and after a number of top 40 hits, eventually secured their first Number 1 with Barlow’s "Pray". Previous hits included "A Million Love Songs", "It Only Takes a Minute" and "Could It Be Magic".