April Musician of the Month
Gary Barlow OBE
British singer, songwriter and pianist.
20th January 1971 -
Gary Barlow is one of the most successful British songwriters of all time having written 14 number one singles and 24 top 10 singles.
As a solo artist he has had 3 number one singles, 6 top ten singles and 2 number-one albums.
With his band, Take That, he has had 17 top-five hits, 12 number-one singles and 8 number-one albums.
He has received 6 Ivor Novello Awards and has sold over 50 million records worldwide!
Gary Barlow was born in Frodsham, Cheshire on 20th January 1971.
His love for music began at an early age when he asked for a keyboard for Christmas. He wanted to be like Elton John!
Barlow is best known as the lead singer with the boy-band Take That.
In 2012 Gary Barlow was responsible for organising a concert outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. For this event Barlow wrote a commemorative song entitled ‘Sing’.
In 2012 he was also awarded an OBE for his services to the entertainment industry and to charity.
He has also dabbled with TV and film as an actor in Heartbeat and Star Wars : The Last Jedi and as a judge in both The X-Factor and Let it Shine.
Barlow is married to one of his dancers from Take That’s early days, Dawn Andrews and together they have 3 children – Daniel, Emily and Daisy. Sadly, their 4th child, Poppy, was stillborn on 4th August 2012.
Gary Barlow supports Liverpool Football Club, Warrington Wolves Rugby League and New York Knicks Baseball Team.
Out of the Ark, has uploaded free songs for children to sing at home:
For the school choir, and anyone else who is interested, Young Voices are doing a series of live sessions on Facebook which you may enjoy: