Gary Barlow, an English singer, songwriter, pianist, composer and record producer and also known as lead vocalist of Manchester-formed boyband Take That, is one of Britain's most successful songwriters when having penned 11 UK number one singles and gaining various awards, including Q Award for Best Collaboration for Shame (2011), OBE for services to Music and Charity for Gary Barlow (2012) and Heart for Best Single of 2013 for Let Me Go. In addition, he made his appearance as head judge on series 8, 9 and 10 of The X Factor UK.
Finding a passion for music since the age of seven, he cited that the performance of Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode on Top of the Pops became main influence of his music love and Elton John inspired him to play the piano. When he was 15, he participated in a BBC Pebble Mill at One Christmas song competition before joining in the group Take That in 1989.
In 2000, he got married to Dawn Andrews with three children, Daniel (born 2000), Emily (born 2002), and Daisy (born 2009).