Born in Bradford in July 1984 Gareth Gates always knew he wanted to be a performer. It’s well known as a young boy he was head chorister for Bradford Cathedral Choir, even performing solo for the Queen when she visited in 1997. What’s less well known is that he has a natural gift for music and as well as being a faultless vocalist he is an accomplished musician, playing piano and guitar to a high standard.
In 2002 Gareth was famously runner up to will Young in the UK’s first Pop Idol. Instead of disappearing into ‘Pop Oblivion’ he carved out a very successful career for himself, having hits and travelling worldwide.
In the UK alone Gareth sold 3.5 million records, released 3 albums and had 4 UK number 1 singles. He won record of the year in 2002 and with that has the second best selling single of the ‘noughties’ with Unchained Melody. Gareth was only beaten for best selling single of the decade by his fellow competitor, that year’s winner Will Young with the song Evergreen. Outside of the UK Gareth was awarded Best International Male in 2003/4 from MTV Asia, MTV China and MTV Taiwan.
During this time it is well documented that Gareth continued to struggle with his speech – something that had been a challenge for his for many years and stuck in people’s minds with the, now infamous, Pop Idol audition. He decided to take positive action and enrolled on the McGuire Programme. This, it’s fair to say changed his life both personally and professionally. From being unable to partake in a pre-recorded interview without agonising discomfort he appeared on the Jonathan Ross show in 2007. It was here he showed the charming and amusing side, that before the speech therapy programme wouldn’t have been possible. Gareth has since trained and is a qualified course instructor – but still has to work on his speech on a daily basis. www.mcguireprogramme.com
In 2008 Gareth donned the sequins and lycra every Sunday night to take part in the hit ITV1 TV show Dancing on Ice, in front of millions of TV viewers, coming fourth in the competition. Not bad for someone who couldn’t even stand up on the ice at the beginning!
Post Dancing on Ice, Gareth decided to change musical direction and accepted the lead role in ‘Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. It was a role he first played at the tender age of 8 in school and proved to be an ideal start to his theatrical career. During this time Gareth also tackled his first pantomime as Prince Charming, in Cinderella at the Wimbledon theatre, alongside Alistair McGowan and Joanna Paige.
In 2009 Gareth auditioned and impressed Sir Cameron Mackintosh, which lead to the role of Marius, in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables. This mammoth 10-month tour played to sell out audiences as far a field as Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Paris, Bristol and Southampton. Ending at the Barbican in London with 22 special performances at the show’s original home. (14 September – 2nd October 2010). This brand new production featured new direction, staging and arrangement – and Gareth wowed audiences up and down the country and a new cast recording was also made. Following on from this successful stint Cameron Mackintosh asked Gareth to resume the role in the West End, which finished in June 2011
Taking a short break from musical Theatre Gareth spent the summer of 2011 playing to thousands of people up and down the country, in clubs, theatres and festivals.
In the autumn of 2011 Gareth spent time planning and filming a documentary that showed the struggle faced by people with a stammer.
Gareth Gates – ‘Stop My Stutter’; Top production company IWC made ‘Stop My Stutter’ for BBC3. In this recent TV programme Gareth taught young people with a stammer the McGuire Technique, in a bid to change their lives. Gareth, now a qualified teacher, spent 4 days teaching these students and learning about their individual goals and challenges. The film also follows up their stories when they return to their everyday routines. This was a life changing experience for each and every one of them. He also talked about how this affliction shaped his own life and made him who he is today. (Monday 27th February 2012 at 9pm on BBC3)
Praise for Stop My Stutter:
‘A Moving Documentary’ – The Sun
‘A refreshingly sensible self-help documentary’ – Metro
‘The results are so dramatic as to be life-changing’ – Total TV Guide
January 2012 saw Gareth play the role of Cain, in a charity Gala performance of Stephen Schwartz’ Children of Eden at the Price of Wales Theatre.
In June 2012 Gareth took on his most challenging role to date, one that contained more speech than he has had to tackle before. He played the have-it-all rich kid Eddie in the brand new musical Loserville at West Yorkshire Playhouse – doubly enjoyable as he got to work in his home county and spend time with his family. Whilst this role was coming to an end, Gareth was already rehearsing for Legally Blonde, as he was to join a touring production that was going to play out the last 3 months of the hugely successful show in the UK. This would be the last chance to play the role of Warner. The show finished at the New Wimbledon Theatre on the 6th October.
During this time Gareth also found the time to headline a one off musical concert, at the New Wimbledon Theatre entitled Momentous Musicals. This new venture featured West End names singing the songs made successful by some of the top shows in the world.
Gareth performed alongside Jonathan Ansell, Daniel Boys, Emma Williams & Rachael Wooding
Christmas means Panto season is upon us and this year Gareth will be appearing in Sleeping Beauty at the Marlow Theatre in the beautiful city of Canterbury. (www.evolutionproductions.co.uk)
Boogie Nights the Musical is Gareth’s next challenge, alongside The Osmonds and Louisa Lytton. This concert version of the show will be touring the country Feb – April 2012 with Gareth appearing in the role of Dean. Book tickets at Ticketzone.com
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