Gary Barlow, 41, is one of the most popular TV stars in Great Britain at the moment. He has recently been awarded OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) on occasion of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee and speaking about the honour he said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled and feel very privileged to be in the company of so many brilliant people who I know have received an OBE. Growing up I never dreamt that one day I’d be getting one myself. I enjoy every minute of the work I do, with a lot of it being a reward in itself, so for somebody to decide I should get recognised for that is just amazing.”
And what does Gary Barlow do? He is a singer, one of the members of world-wide famous British band, Take That (with Robbie Williams, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen) as well as one of the judges in ITV talent -show The X-Factor.
Gary Barlow has had a preminent role during the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee this month . He was on a mission to record a special song to celebrate the extraordinary event. He wrote the melody with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, but he knew that the Queen wanted performers from around the Commonwealth to play on it.
Prince Charles gave Gary some suggestions, before he embarked on an extraordinary trip, recording all manner of musicians on their home turfs to make the unique record, SING. Musicians include a children's choir in Kenya, Rastafarian drummers in Jamaica, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia, pan-pipers in a remote rainforest village on the Solomon Islands, and Gareth Malone's Military Wives Choir in the UK. Gary also managed to get Prince Harry to make his own musical contribution playing the tamburine. A record like this has never been attempted before, and the pressure on Gary was incredible, as he had a royal appointment to present it to the Queen herself.
On Her Majesty's Service, a documentary on the making of SING for the celebrations of the Queen's unique Jubilee, was broadcast on BBC1 on June 3rd, and has just been released as a DVD.
2012 has been an incredible year for Gary Barlow so far. He has also been crowned Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year.
The Take That singer - who is expecting his fourth child with his wife Dawn, and is already father to Daniel, 11, Emily, 9, and Daisy, 3, - was crowned favourite celebrity dad by the British public at a presentation ceremony in London on 14th June, beating off competition from last year's winner Peter Andre.
Gary said winning the public vote felt ''amazing'', adding:
''I've been waiting for it for a long time. My kids are really excited and I don't think they can quite believe it. Being a dad is a really important part of my life and it means a lot to have won this award.''