Gareth Gates
British singer
Gareth Gates
Gareth Paul Gates, is an English singer-songwriter. He was the runner-up in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. Gates has sold over 3.5 million records in the UK. He is also known for having a stutter, and has talked about his speech impediment publicly. Gates used the McGuire Programme to manage the problem and is now a speech coach with the programme.
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Gareth Gates has got the Verve: Noughties popstar to visit town
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
A new name on Hemel Hempstead’s nightlife scene is hoping to offer its clientele something a little different – with a new line of theme nights and celebrity visits.
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Eurovision 2012: 5 Entries You Might Actually Like
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
It’s exactly 35 days (I’m totally not keeping count or anything) until the final of the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan which also equates to 5 weeks because I can do maths me. So, to get in the Euro-mood each week i’ll introduce you to five of this year’s entries all linked together by a (extremely tenuous) link as a WhatCulture! Countdown to the big, shiny event. First up, I know Eurovision has this stigma in the UK for being camp and indulgent where we can never win because of political block voting (i.e. everyone hates us but Ireland) and yes, most of that is correct, although us sending completely rubbish entries doesn’t really help either. The fact is sometimes, if you give it a chance, the songs in Eurovision are actually quite listenable without the rocket explosions and glitterball drag queens you may come to expect. So to ease you all into appreciating the wonders of Eurovision, here are five accessible entries that I hope won’t fit the stereo ...
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Gates and Willcox for Marlowe panto
Kent Online - almost 5 years
Singer Gareth Gates and pop legend Toyah Wilcox will be the star performers in Sleeping Beauty.
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Gareth Gates: Pop Idol star on the run for Sport Relief INTERVIEW
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
Singing superstar <a class="fplink fp-93200" href="/Gareth+Gates+1">Gareth Gates</a> is no stranger to overcoming challenges.
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Gareth Gates and Jonathan Wilkes launch new academy
Milton Keynes Citizen - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-93200" href="/Gareth+Gates+1">Gareth Gates</a> and <a class="fplink fp-533711" href="/Jonathan+Wilkes+1">Jonathan Wilkes</a> were in town earlier this week, to launch their new Gates-Wilkes Academy.
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It’s back to school for Gareth Gates
Northampton Chronicle & Echo - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-93200" href="/gareth+gates">Gareth Gates</a> first became a household name when he appeared as a teenager on our TV screens in Pop Idol but the successful singer revealed how his latest role is aimed at inspiring young performers.
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Big-value Medway Messenger out now - Kent Online
Google News - over 5 years
Kelly Brook, Timothy Spall, Gareth Gates and James Purefoy... they&#39;re all in today&#39;s celebrity-packed Medway Messenger - but we&#39;ve got plenty of space for news, pictures and sport too. We have an exclusve interview with a young woman viciously beaten
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Singer Will Young on his Ipswich Regent visit - East Anglian Daily Times
Google News - over 5 years
Unbelievably, it&#39;s been ten years since Young beat - some would say series favourite - Gareth Gates to the Pop Idol crown. He&#39;s done better than subsequent reality TV singing show winners have and this week took a pop at today&#39;s TV talent shows,
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Will Young criticises X Factor for being too 'sensational' - ATV Today
Google News - over 5 years
Young shot to fame after winning the first series of Pop Idol in 2002 beating Gareth Gates who was widely tipped by the press to win the series. Since then Young has had a successful career remaining in the spot-light whereas Gareth Gates and early
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Gareth Gates To Star In 'Aladdin' Panto - Entertainment Focus
Google News - over 5 years
Pop and musical theatre star Gareth Gates, fresh from his critically acclaimed role in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables culminating at the London Barbican, will be taking panto-goers on a magical carpet ride this Christmas in the title role
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Why Will Young's desperate to be a Number One dad - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
By Adrian Thrills Young, who became a star after beating Gareth Gates to win the first Pop Idol, has a new album, Echoes, out on Monday. But it&#39;s not what you&#39;d expect. No big ballads, no glossy pop. Instead, he&#39;s gone for intimate,
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Gareth Gates set for genie-us show at Milton Keynes Theatre - MK News
Google News - over 5 years
Pop superstar Gareth Gates has been announced as the lead in this year&#39;s highly-anticipated panto Aladdin - and more stars are still to be named. Fresh from his critically acclaimed role as Marius in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables,
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All at sea: Gareth Gates set to perform on a P&O cruise ship - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
By Daily Mail Reporter He is the Pop Idol star who won the hearts of millions in 2002, but his career has been somewhat tempestuous. Perhaps that&#39;s why he has decided to take to the sea and try his hand as a cruise singer. ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Captain Hamish hangs up his hat - (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
►JOINING P&amp;O - for one cruise at least - is Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates. The singer, who was defeated by Will Young in the first series of the show in 2002, is performing on board Oceana during a three-night voyage from Southampton to Zeebrugge
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You are here - Mansfield Chad
Google News - over 5 years
Pop star Gareth Gates will be headlining Mansfield&#39;s annual Party in the Park festival in Titchfield Park. The festival is the largest event in Mansfield District Council&#39;s Summer in the Streets programme and is set to draw in thousands with the
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ABOVE: Check out the video above to see us schmooze with Gareth Gates and ... - OK! Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
“I do wish her well and I hope she stays on track, I just think she picks the wrong people to stay around her.” Check out the video above to see us schmooze with stars including Gareth Gates and Danielle Brown, who chats about the next Spice baby to
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Katie Price watches on as Prince Harry plays polo… - Mr Paparazzi
Google News - over 5 years
Plus Gareth Gates was there too, so actually that&#39;s four of her exes come to think of it. These two people are dating. Shocked? We are. The word on the street is Chloe Green&#39;s been getting down and dirty with Made In Chelsea star Ollie Lock,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gareth Gates
  • 2016
    Age 31
    In 2016, Gates starred as Willet in a national tour of Footloose.
    More Details Hide Details He took several breaks during the tour and during his absences his part would be played by Lee Brennan
  • 2014
    Age 29
    A compilation album, The Very Best of Gareth Gates, was released by Sony Music in March 2014.
    More Details Hide Details It includes the hit singles from his first two albums and two other tracks from his first album (all of which are owned by Sony Music), plus three brand new acoustic tracks which he recorded with his guitarist Pete Rinaldi. However, the album failed to chart.
    He finished in 7th place, and went on to appear in the very last Dancing On Ice tour in March and April 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Working with Jonathan Wilkes, his wife Suzanne and Wilkes' wife Nikki, Gates set up the Gates and Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts for young people from ages 5–18, in his home town of Bradford. Gates and Wilkes opened a second academy in Milton Keynes. During an interview with BBC Radio Leeds on 16 June 2012, Gates announced plans to open a further academy in Leeds. After the separation from his wife, the partnership was broken up, though Gates now has three performing arts academies of his own in Yorkshire. In 2009, it was reported that Gates has made an estimated £6.5 million during his career to date. The Irish Independent newspaper reported that Gates was one of a number of celebrities with investments in the company Ingenious Media, which backed a number of films, including Avatar and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    In January 2014, Gates again took part in Dancing On Ice for the final series, partnered this time by Brianne Delcourt.
    More Details Hide Details This year's show consisted of former series champions and public favourites.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    Gates lived in Chiswick, West London, with wife Suzanne Gates (née Mole) until their split in 2012. The couple met when she was a dancer at the Record of the Year awards in 2002, which Gates won for "Unchained Melody". In October 2006, The People newspaper incorrectly reported that they had secretly married.
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    Gates took a break from musical theatre to work on other projects, including writing a new album, but planned to return in March 2012, taking the part of Claude in the UK touring production of Hair It was later announced that the musical would not proceed as efforts to rescue the tour following the bankruptcy of the original production company had failed.
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    In July 2012, Gates took over the role of Warner in the UK tour of the musical Legally Blonde
    More Details Hide Details In early 2013 he toured in the musical Boogie Nights, with members of The Osmonds, Louise Lytton, Shane Ritchie, Chico & Andy Abraham.
    In January 2012, Gates featured in a one night only charity production of Children of Eden playing the part of Cain in aid of Crohn's disease.
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    Instead, Gates played Eddie in the new musical Loserville at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The musical was written by Busted's James Bourne and Elliot Davis. Along with Gates, the cast also included EastEnders Aaron Sidwell and Lil' Chris.
  • 2011
    Age 26
    On 18 October 2011, his work as an ambassador, raising awareness of the issues surrounding speech difficulties was recognised at the Giving Voice Awards Ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details A documentary, Stop My Stutter, was broadcast on BBC Three in February 2012. In the documentary, Gates worked with five young men and women who've stammered since childhood. Speaking of the documentary, he said "Hopefully this documentary will give people an insight into something that most take for granted – speaking!" Gates also presented the BBC Lifeline Appeal for the British Stammering Association. Gates is a patron of the HIV/AIDS charity Body and Soul and of The Bobby Moore Fund, which supports research into bowel cancer. He took part in the 2009 Cosmo Everyman campaign to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. In 2008, Gates appeared on ITV1's Dancing on Ice with skating partner Maria Filippov, finishing fourth, losing a place in the final to Zaraah Abrahams and dancing partner Fred Palascak. On 7 September 2008, Gates played for England against The Rest of the World in Soccer Aid 2008 at Wembley in aid of UNICEF.
  • 2010
    Age 25
    Following the final performance of the anniversary tour at The Barbican, London, in October 2010, Gates joined the West End production of Les Misérables at Queen's Theatre where he continued to play the part of Marius until June 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 24
    In June 2009, it was announced that Gates was joining the cast of the International 25th Anniversary World Tour production of Les Misérables in the role of Marius.
    More Details Hide Details Gates had been offered the choice of playing Marius in London's West End or in the anniversary tour, but opted for the tour as it was a new production and there was the opportunity to make the part his own. A live cast recording, Les Liserables Live, was recorded in Manchester and released as a double album in September 2010 on the label First Night Records.
    Gates performed at the charity event "Broadway To West End by Special Arrangement" on 4 October 2009 at the Drury Lane Theatre, singing "Why God, Why?" as a solo and "The Last Night of the World" as a duet with Ima Castro.
    More Details Hide Details Both songs come from the musical Miss Saigon. The event was to honour the work of orchestrator William David Brohm and raised funds for CLIC Sargent Cancer care.
    Taking over the role from Lee Mead, Gates began the role on 7 February 2009 and continued to play the part until the final performance on 30 May 2009.
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    In 2009, Gates was cast in the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre, London.
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  • 2008
    Age 23
    On 6 July 2008, Gates starred in the line-up for "A Spoonful of Stiles & Drewe", a charity fundraiser to celebrate 25 years of musical theatre composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
    More Details Hide Details Gates played the part of Robbie in a preview of a new musical "Soho Cinders" and features on the album.
  • 2007
    Age 22
    However, Gates and Mole got engaged on New Year's Eve 2007 and were married on 18 July 2008 in a private ceremony for family and friends.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had their first child together on 6 April 2009, a girl they named Missy. Gates met his current partner Faye Brookes when they starred together in Legally Blonde: The Musical, shortly before he split from his wife. Gates qualified as a speech coach and latterly as a course instructor with the McGuire Programme where he helps those with stammers similar to his own. He co-led his first full course in February 2005 and in August 2006 he instructed his first course single-handedly in Galway, Ireland. He led his second at Bournemouth in November 2006, and continues to lead courses in the UK and Ireland, the most recent of which was in November 2010, with further courses scheduled in October in Birmingham and in Galway in November 2011. Gates spoke to MPs including David Amess, Robert Buckland, and Steve Brine at the Palace of Westminster as part of a briefing on communication disability hosted by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Centre for Social Justice. Gates said "By speaking today I hope to shed light on the issues that surround speech and language difficulties. In particular, through my own experiences, I want to explain how the inability to converse and communicate drastically shapes and moulds people’s lives. It determines the sort of people they become and the paths they follow."
    Gates' third album, Pictures of the Other Side, was released on 25 June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details It proved to be Gates' lowest selling album to date and spent only two weeks on the UK album chart, entering at Number 23 before falling to Number 66 the following week, then dropping out of the chart altogether. During his time working with Judie Tzuke, Gates also co-wrote the song "Christmas and I'm Home" with her. It was first premiered live by Gates in 2004 in Bradford, and Tzuke recorded the song with pianist Haim Cotton. Tzuke's version was released commercially in November 2008, as a charity single download and as a physical CD single sold exclusively through the CD Baby website. Gates continues to gig as a solo artist with his guitarist Pete Rinaldi. On 27 December 2013, it was announced that Gates, along with Dane Bowers (from Another Level), Kenzie (from Blazin' Squad), Adam Rickitt, and Kavana would be forming a "supergroup" called 5th Story for the ITV2 documentary The Big Reunion. Following the programme, the newly formed group toured in October 2014 as part of the Big Reunion Boyband Tour
    The first single from Gates' third album was "Changes" which was released on 9 April 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The single peaked at Number 14. A second single, "Angel on My Shoulder", was released on 18 June 2007, peaking at Number 22. Both singles remained in the UK Top 40 for only one week.
    On 30 March 2007, Gates appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, the first time he had participated in an interview for a mainstream television chat-show since his speech improvement.
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    A song Gates co-wrote with Tzuke, "Dark Days", appeared on Tzuke's 2007 album Songs 1.
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  • 2006
    Age 21
    An early preview of his new album was given at a secret gig on 29 November 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Gates had been working with writers such as Sacha Skarbek (who has worked with James Blunt), Ricky Ross (of Deacon Blue), Gary Clark and Pete Gordeno, and new the album was produced by Martin Terefe, Jon Hall and Nick Whitecross. Since 2004 Gates had also been working with singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke. Initial contact was apparently made through Lucie Silvas. Gates' regular acoustic guitarist, Graham Kearns, also worked with Tzuke and has writing credits with Gates on both albums. Appearing at the Limelight venue in Crewe during Tzuke's October 2004 tour, Gates sang backing vocals to a surprised audience on Tzuke's track "Bully" (from her album Secret Agent).
    In 2006, Gates appeared in a television documentary for ITV1 called Whatever Happened To Gareth Gates?, which dealt with his experiences in the music industry and his life outside it.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary was screened in December 2006, and confirmed a new record deal with UMTV (part of Universal) and a new album as well as showcasing snippets of the new material.
    Gates was later dropped from the label in April 2006 before the release of any new material.
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  • 2003
    Age 18
    In 2003 and 2004, it was reported that Gates was being dropped by his record company BMG.
    More Details Hide Details The reports, which also cited low sales of his second album and low concert ticket sales as reasons, were denied by both Gates and the record company at the time.
    In the 2003 film, Seeing Double, alongside pop group S Club, Gates played a clone version of himself.
    More Details Hide Details He also promoted AIDS awareness through a charity concert to 50,000 people with MTV in Indonesia.
    By this point, Gates had sold just over three million music singles in the UK, including the second and sixth best selling singles in 2002 ("Unchained Melody", which sold 1.4 million, and "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)", which sold 581,000) and the second best selling single in 2003 ("Spirit in the Sky", 561,000 copies).
    More Details Hide Details All three of these singles were listed in the Top 100 singles of the decade (2000–2009) as announced on Radio 1 with Spirit in the Sky at no. 62, Anyone of Us (no. 56), and Unchained Melody (no. 2). The biggest selling single of the decade was "Anything is Possible"/"Evergreen" by Will Young, whom Gates had lost the Pop Idol contest to.
    His next single, "Say it Isn't So", reached number four in late 2003, but proved to be Gates' last single release in the UK until April 2007.
    More Details Hide Details At the start of 2004 he did an arena tour of the UK, then continued to promote his album throughout Europe and Asia, before taking a break and training as a speech coach and course instructor with the McGuire Programme.
    The album enjoyed slightly more success in a number of Asian countries however, and Gates won MTV Asia's award for Best International Male in 2003/04.
    More Details Hide Details He was awarded the same title by MTV China and MTV Taiwan.
    His next single, "Sunshine", reached number three and was taken from his second album Go Your Own Way, which was released in October 2003.
    More Details Hide Details However, the album was far less successful than his debut album. It peaked at number eleven in the UK before dropping to #32 the following week, and only spent four weeks on the album chart altogether.
    In 2003, Gates sang the 2003 Comic Relief charity single, "Spirit in the Sky", with The Kumars.
    More Details Hide Details The single was a UK number-one for two weeks. He also appeared in Comic Relief's Celebrity Driving School. Through Comic Relief, he became involved with Body and Soul, a charity that helps people affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • 2002
    Age 17
    The now-defunct Smash Hits magazine dedicated 7 October 2002 as International Gareth Gates Day.
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    Gates was the runner-up to Will Young on the first series of Pop Idol in February 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Gates auditioned with Flying Without Wings and was put through to the next round of the show. Despite not winning the competition, he was soon signed up by Simon Cowell to the BMG label. Gates' first single, a cover of "Unchained Melody", entered the UK Singles Chart at number one. The single went double-platinum in the UK, and was voted 2002's The Record of the Year by ITV viewers. This was followed by another number-one single, "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)". His third single, a double A-side "Suspicious Minds"/"The Long and Winding Road", a duet with Pop Idol winner Will Young, also reached number one. His fourth, "What My Heart Wants to Say", reached number five. Gates's debut album What My Heart Wants to Say achieved first week sales of 100,000 copies, peaking at number two in the UK Albums Chart, and eventually earned double platinum status in the UK.
  • 1997
    Age 12
    He joined Bradford Cathedral choir at age nine. He was head chorister by the age of eleven, singing solo for the Queen when she visited in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Gates achieved Grade 8 in piano, classical guitar and singing. He gained a reserve place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester before the finals of Pop Idol.
  • 1984
    Born on July 12, 1984.
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