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4 February 2020, 16:10
Gary Barlow is one of the most talented singer-songwriters of his generation, and he's been working hard at his craft from a very young age.
Before getting signed for boyband Take That in 1989, Gary was gigging as a teenager in local pubs and clubs in Manchester.
He taught himself how to play the piano and write songs from a very young age, having realised he loved music after watching Depeche Mode perform 'Just Can't Get Enough' on Top of the Pops.
A video of a 15-year-old Gary performing at his local Royal British Legion Club in Runcorn, Cheshire has been posted on YouTube, showing him sing a version of 'The Power of Love'.
Watch the clip below:
A year later, Gary appeared on TV for the first time, singing his original song 'Let's Pray for Christmas' on Pebble Mill.
It was a only a few years later that manager Nigel Martin-Smith discovered Gary at an audition, having heard his demo tape of 'A Million Love Songs'. He then decided to create a boyband based around Gary's talent as a songwriter.
Gary is currently working on a new album with orchestral versions of his most famous songs.
He wrote in 2019: "There's new music in the air. I'm happy to announce a new solo record for the Autumn of 2020.
"I've done so much in my career but the one thing I've never recorded is a record with an orchestra. Original songs with big contemporary orchestral arrangements. I better be off then."
Gary's last solo album was the number one record Since I Saw You Last in 2013. Since then, he has released two albums with Take That: III and the greatest hits package Odyssey.