Born in Cheshire in 1971, Gary Barlow took to the piano at an early age, inspired by Depeche Mode's Just Can't Get Enough.
Following a number of years performing around the north of England, and a TV appearance on the BBC's Pebble Mill At One, Barlow eventually drew the attention of manager Nigel Martin-Smith.
Looking to replicate the success of New Kids On The Block – the first band to be adorned with the boy band title – Martin-Smith enlisted Barlow as the creative centre-piece of Take That.
Dominating the charts, airwaves and stages across the globe throughout the '90s, Take That secured three No.1 albums before their notorious split in 1996.
Barlow quickly released his debut solo single Forever Love, and reached the top of the UK album chart with Open Road in 1997.
Taking a two-year break during which former bandmate Robbie Williams launched a comparably raucous solo career, Barlow returned in 1999 with Twelve Months Eleven Days and its lead single, Stronger.
Failing to make a significant dent on the musical landscape, it would be another 13 years before Barlow released more solo material.