Wednesday 6 June
Wednesday 6 June
Gary Barlow is one of the most successful and decorated songwriters of his generation, having penned 14 number one singles and won six Ivor Novello awards across his illustrious career in Take That and as a solo artist. He has also been a judge on ITV’s The X-Factor and the BBC’s Let it Shine and written songs for numerous artists, including Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams, Lily Allen and Dame Shirley Bassey.
Gary found worldwide fame as a member of pop group Take That. Since forming in 1989, Take That have won eight BRIT awards, sold over 45 million records and over eight million concert tickets. When the band split in 1996, Gary embarked on a solo career, with his 1997 debut Open Road selling more than two million copies worldwide and boasting the number one singles Forever Love and Love Won’t Wait. He followed it up with 1999’s Twelve Months, Eleven Days.
In 2012, while the reformed Take That were on hiatus, Gary released Sing, a collaboration with the Commonwealth Band to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The album and eponymous single both charted at number one in the UK and were followed by Gary’s first full-length solo album for 14 years, Since I Saw You Last. This sold 600,000 copies, was certified double-platinum and featured the single Let Me Go.
Gary also co-wrote the music for the hit Broadway musical Finding Neverland and was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to music and charity. He last toured as a solo artist in 2014 to acclaim from fans and critics alike, playing some of the biggest venues he had ever played as a solo artist including The O2 London, Birmingham LG Arena, Glasgow The SSE Hydro and Manchester Arena.