Gareth Gates

Gareth Gates

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Gareth Paul Gates

Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Gareth Paul Gates
Born = birth date and age|1984|7|12
Origin = Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Instruments = Singing
Genre = Pop
Occupation(s) = singer-songwriter
Years_active = 2002–Present
Label = SonyBMG
19 Recordings Ltd/UMTV

URL = [ Official site]

Gareth Paul Gates (born July 12, 1984, Bradford, England) is an English pop singer. He came second in the first series of the ITV talent show "Pop Idol". Gates overcame a severe stammer through the McGuire Programme, qualifying as a speech coach in 2004 [] . He has sold 3.5 million singles & albums. []

Early life

Gates was born in Bradford to father Paul Gates and mother Wendy Broadbent. He has three sisters, Jessica (b. 1993), Charlotte (b. 1991) and Nicola (b. 1985) and grew up with cousin James (b. 1986) who was fostered by the family. His parents regularly foster other children. [ [] BBC Online]

Gates joined Bradford Cathedral choir at age nine. [ [] Craven Herald] He was head chorister at Bradford Cathedral by the age of eleven, singing solo for the Queen when she visited in 1997. [ [] Deccan Herald ] Gates achieved Grade VIII in piano, classical guitar and singing. He had gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music before the finals of "Pop Idol". [ [] Gareth Gates and Sian Solanas (2002) Right From the Start. Virgin Books, London.]


Gates was runner-up on the first series of "Pop Idol" in February 2002. Despite not winning the competition, he was soon signed up with Simon Cowell's record label BMG.

Gates' first single, a cover version of "Unchained Melody", entered the UK Singles Chart at number one. The single went double-platinum in the UK, and was voted 2002's Record of the Year by ITV viewers. This was followed by another number-one single, "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)". His third single, "The Long and Winding Road", a duet with Will Young, also reached number one. His fourth, "What My Heart Wants to Say" reached number five.

The now-defunct "Smash Hits" magazine dedicated November 7, 2002 as International Gates Day.

His debut album, "What My Heart Wants to Say" achieved first week sales of over ten thousand and double platinum status. It was the third biggest-selling album by a UK artist that year.

In 2003, Gates sang the 2003 Comic Relief charity single, "Spirit in the Sky", with The Kumars. This was a number-one hit 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.

His next two singles "Sunshine" and "Say It Isn't So" reached numbers three and four respectively. His second album "Go Your Own Way" peaked at number eleven in the UK. It charted at number 1 and achieved platinum status [ [] International Certification levels] in a number of Asian countries.

Gates won MTV Asia's award for Best International Male in 2003/4 and was awarded the same title by MTV China and MTV Taiwan.

"Say It Isn't So", a 2003 number-four single, proved to be Gates' last single release in the UK until April 2007. At the start of 2004 he did an arena tour of the UK, then continued to promote throughout Europe and Asia, before taking a break and training as a speech coach and course instructor with the McGuire Programme.

He also had a part in the film "Seeing Double" and promoted AIDS awareness through a charity concert to fifty thousand people with MTV in Indonesia.

Gates has sold just over three million music singles in the UK, including the second and sixth best selling singles in 2002 ("Unchained Melody", which sold 1.3 million, and "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)", which sold 570,000) and the second best selling single in 2003 ("Spirit in the Sky", 550,000 copies).

In 2003 and 2004, it was reported that Gates was being dropped by his record company BMG. The reports, which also cited low sales of his second album and low concert ticket sales as reasons [ [] Daily Mirror "Fallen Idol" 8/5/04] [ [] BBC Showbiz News "Gareth Gone" 9/5/04] [ [] Daily Mirror "Where's It All Gone Wrong For Gareth" 17/7/04] , were denied by both Gates and the record company at the time. However, Gates was eventually dropped from the label two years later in April 2006 before the release of any new material [ [] Manchester Evening News "Pop Idol Gareth Dumped By Label" 14/4/06] .

Gates later appeared on a documentary called "Whatever Happened to Gareth Gates?" about his experiences in the industry and his life outside it, which was screened on ITV1 in December 2006. The documentary confirmed a new record deal with UMTV, part of Universal, and an album as well as showcasing snippets of the new material.

An early preview of his new music was given at a secret gig on 29 November 2006 where he sang tracks titled "Afterglow", "Pictures of the Other Side", "Changes", "Angel on My Shoulder", "New Kid in Town", "Lost in You", "Can't Believe It's Over" and "19 Minutes". [ [] GPG News] He has been working with writers such as Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt), Ricky Ross (of Deacon Blue fame) and Pete Gordeno, and has been produced by Martin Terefe, Jon Hall and Nick Whitecross. [" [] ". Accessed on 29 December 2006.]

Since 2004 Gates has 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 Crewe's Limelight during Tzuke's October 2004 tour, Gareth sang backing vocals to a surprised audience on Tzuke's track "Bully" (from her album "Secret Agent"). A song Gates co-wrote with Tzuke, "Dark Days", appeared on Tzuke's 2007 album "Songs 1".

On March 30th 2007 Gates appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, the first time he has participated in an interview for a mainstream TV chat-show since his speech improvement.

The first single from the new album was "Changes" which was released on 9 April 2007, peaking at No.14. His second single "Angel on My Shoulder" was released on 18th June, peaking at No.22. Both singles remained in the UK top 40 for only one week. Gates' third album, "Pictures of the Other Side", was released on 25 June and spent two weeks on the UK album chart, entering at No.23 before falling to No.66 the following week.

He recently appeared on ITV1's Dancing on Ice with skating partner Maria Filippov, losing a place in the final to Zaraah Abrahams and dancing partner Fred Palascak.

On 6th July 2008 Gareth starred in the line-up for A Spoonful of Styles & Drewe, a charity fundraiser to celebrate 25 years of Style & Drewe [] . Gareth played the part of Robbie in a preview of a new musical, Soho Cinders. []

Gareth Gates played for England in Soccer aid 2008 on 7th of September at Wembley in aid of UNICEF. He was substituted by Tom Felton. England beat Rest of the World 4-3.

Personal life

Gates was alleged to have had a liaison with glamour model Katie Price during the 2002 "Pop Idol". Gates initially denied the rumours but finally admitted the relationship in 2003. [" [ Gates admits Jordan relationship] ",, 15 July 2003. Accessed on 27 December 2006.]

Gates lives in London with his wife, dancer, choreographer and model Suzanne Mole, whom he met at the "Record of the Year" awards in 2002. In October 2006 "The People" newspaper incorrectly reported that they had secretly married, [" [ Gareth Gates Secretly Marries Suzanne Mole] ". "The People". Accessed 28 December 2006] . Gates and Suzanne Mole actually got engaged on New Years Eve 2007 and got married on the 18th July 2008 in a private ceremony for family and friends. []

Gates is a supporter of Bradford Bulls and Leeds United A.F.C.; he is a patron of HIV / Aids Charity Body and Soul.

Gates is qualified as a speech coach and latterly course instructor with the McGuire Programme where he helps those with stammers such as his own. He was the youngest UK person to qualify as a speech coach with the programme. He co-led his first full course in February 2005 and in August 2006 instructed his first course single-handedly in Galway. [" [] ", Irish McGuire Programme. Accessed on 1 January 2007.] He led his second at Bournemouth in November 2006.



# "Gareth Gates Live"
# "Pop Idol Tour DVD"

Tours and concerts

* "Pop Idol" Arena Tour 2002
* Will and Gareth Arena Tour 2003
* Go Your Own Way Arena Tour - UK and Asia 2004
* Dancing on ice tour 2008

;Other notable concerts
* Private concert for the Prince of Brunei, January 2005
* MTV Asia AIDS Awareness Concert, Indonesia, December 2004
* Concert to open Louis Vuitton's first store in Shanghai, China, October 2004

Records and awards


* The Record of the Year 2002: "Unchained Melody"
* Smash Hits Awards 2002: best male, best hair, best newcomer, most fanciable male
* Smash Hits Awards 2003: best male, best single ("Sunshine")
* Young Achievers Yorkshire 2002
* Special award for service to Yorkshire 2002
* "OUT" magazine awards 2003: best singer, best video ("Sunshine"), best performance at G-A-Y

* MTV Asia: Best International Male 2003/2004
* MTV China: Best International Male 2003/2004
* MTV Taiwan: Best International Male 2003/2004
* TMF Belgium: Best International Pop
* MTV Taiwan: Inspiration to Youth
* G-Music (Taiwan): Best International Artist 2003
* Hit FM: Best single of 2003 (AOU)


* Youngest male to enter the UK Singles Chart at #1. He was seventeen years and 255 days old when he debuted at #1 with "Unchained Melody" on 24 March 2002.
* Not only is Gates the youngest solo male artist to have four number ones, but he was also the first male solo artist to have four number-one singles in a twelve month period since Frank Ifield in 1962-3.
* Fans with the loudest screams: Sheffield Arena during "Mack the Knife", Pop Idol Tour. Recorded at 130 decibels.


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Official MySpace]

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