Gary Barlow OBE (born 20 January 1971) is a British 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. Barlow is one of Britain's most successful songwriters, having written eleven Number 1 singles. He has had three Number 1 singles and two Number 1 albums 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 six-time recipient of the Ivor Novello Award and has sold over 45 million records worldwide with Take That. He was awarded an OBE in June 2012 for his services to music and to charity. In Barlow's autobiography, he relates that his love of music began at an early age. "I was one of those kids that's forever dancing in front of the TV looking at my reflection."
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