40 Best Gary Barlow Quotes On Life & Music

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Which are your favorite Gary Barlow quotes?

Gary Barlow is an English singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is most famously known as the lead singer of the popular British pop group ‘Take That’.

Throughout his career in the music industry, Barlow has successfully written 14 number-one singles with his band, 3 number-one singles as a solo artist, and 3 number-one albums, among many more, he earned the recognition as one of the United Kingdom’s most successful songwriters.

Barlow has also established himself as a TV personality, having made appearances as a judge on popular talent shows ‘The X Factor UK’ and ‘Let It Shine’. He has amassed a string of accolades for his brilliant talents, including several ‘Ivor Novello Awards’, and received the honor of being appointed an ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)’.

Here’s our collection of the best Gary Barlow quotes:


40 Best Gary Barlow Quotes On Life & Music

1. “I did my first gig when I was 11, so by the time I joined the band at 19 I’d already done thousands of gigs and then I did thousands more.” – Gary Barlow

2. “We’ve done tour-album, tour-album since 2005, and everyone just wanted a little break. I’m just crap at doing nothing, I’ve got to busy myself.” – Gary Barlow

3. “God, it’s happened to me a few times and these songs change the course of your life, so when you’re dealing with something so powerful, you’ve got to take it seriously.” – Gary Barlow

4. “We’ve done vinyl and cassette for this record and not small amounts, you put them on the website and they’re gone straight away. My audience are still collectors, which is nice. I like that.” – Gary Barlow

5. “I don’t think any of us can compete with Cowell. He is the best at what he does.” – Gary Barlow

6. “It’s a bit of a slot machine when I come in here, because I write every day.” – Gary Barlow

7. “I’m a very positive person. And through times like this, I always feel the value of being an entertainer and someone who makes music, and hopefully takes people out of the real world for a few minutes. So I’m extremely positive about it.” – Gary Barlow

8. “I wanted this album to be absolutely packed with players. Then, weirdly, all this has happened where we’re not allowed to be near anyone anymore and it’s been so strange. I listen to it and just think, Thank God I did it before all this started.” – Gary Barlow

9. “The title was what I had first. I got it coming off the last Take That tour, so it’s not Covid-related in any way, shape, or form.” – Gary Barlow


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10. “When I was at Max’s, Denniz [Pop, late producer], God bless him, was still going for gold. He was the Pete Waterman in the set-up, he’d come in with the title or an idea and Max and Kristian [Lundin] were the guys I wrote with.” – Gary Barlow


11. “But for The X Factor, especially, they’ve had so much talent on that show that has come to something. One Direction are probably the biggest success and who knew in that audition that Harry [Styles], Niall [Horan], and those guys had those records in them that we hear now? Real artist records. I don’t think anyone knew, really.” – Gary Barlow

12. “I’m not a good time-off person. I’m awful on holiday. It comes from having that period when I didn’t work. That really was the worst bit.” – Gary Barlow

13. “I might do ‘X Factor’ next year. It’s looking good that I won’t get the sack at Christmas.” – Gary Barlow

14. “We are constantly reminding them that they are in a competition. I had a word with all my contestants and I know Kelly Rowland had a word with hers. It’s reality check time.” – Gary Barlow

15. “I love all the stuff everyone else hates, so never say never.” – Gary Barlow

16. “Even though I felt like I had the album, this song came about. It reminded me of those… My dad used to love Morecambe and Wise.” – Gary Barlow

17. “Doing the odd bit of film and TV is never enough for me.” – Gary Barlow

18. “I have a little folder, it’ll have four or five songs in and I’ll pick at them every day for a week or so and then move on, so I’m always writing.” – Gary Barlow

19. “The trouble with the artists this year is they are all obsessed with Twitter and headlines. It feels like they are all getting a bit above themselves.” – Gary Barlow


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20. “I don’t think you’ll ever be happy about anything unless you’ve done it.” – Gary Barlow


21. “It wasn’t not being famous anymore, or even not being a recording artist. It was having nobody who needed me, no phones ringing, nothing to do. Because I’m still too young to do nothing. I was only 24 when all that happened. Now, at 40, I feel I’ve got more to give than I ever have.” – Gary Barlow

22. “It was …Baby One More Time and it did sound fantastic. I remember it being the middle of winter, there were only two hours of light a day and they were in this tiny studio in the middle of Stockholm. But you just had the feeling that these guys, through talent and hard work, were going to make it. They led the session and I tried to keep up. They were just starting on that journey and wow [laughs], amazing.” – Gary Barlow

23. “But obviously, when it comes close to the dates, if we’re told we’re not allowed to do it, we just have to put the dates back. But I feel like, by then, we’ll all be in a better place. I hope we are. I pray we are. And it’ll be time to get out in front of an audience and do what we do.” – Gary Barlow

24. “I think Guy Chambers [Williams’ writing partner circa “Angels”] gets a lot of his credit.” – Gary Barlow

25. “I quite like being who I am.” – Gary Barlow

26. “I would play songs to Simon even before labels sometimes, he’d be one of the first to hear them. He’s got a great understanding of an artist, what their brand is and who they appeal to. He’s just a good guy, so I always trust him.” – Gary Barlow

27. “We are all lucky to be here, we are lucky to be on stage and have millions of people watch us.” – Gary Barlow

28. “Even when I look back on my down years, I think: thank God that happened.” – Gary Barlow

29. “Albums take one to two years, so that was my decision to fill time before the band get back together again.” – Gary Barlow


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30. “It may do in the future. I’ve been a little bit more exposed to it this time because my kids all stream music. But I feel like my audience still loves to own a [physical product].” – Gary Barlow


31. “I find that out of every 20 songs I write, probably one is good. So at some point, you just have to put the hours in and almost get over the hump.” – Gary Barlow

32. “Everyone is enjoying [the break] because, when we’re ready to come back, we can come back – and what a lovely position to be in.” – Gary Barlow

33. “I love to sing, and I’d forgotten it. I just thought it was the act of doing music I loved, but it’s not; it’s all the individual things; it’s the solving and the chasing. I love listening to a piece of music and going, Oh shit, that is so good. I want to write something like that. They’re all the things that make what we do so addictive and so enjoyable.” – Gary Barlow

34. “Money is obviously a really important part of the conversation right now. But it’s been years since money meant anything to me. It’s always just been there. In music, if your songs sell well, and your tours sell well, then the next week a cheque arrives; it takes care of itself.” – Gary Barlow

35. “I don’t believe our audience is going anywhere just yet so I imagine, in a couple of years’ time, we’ll hit the road again and make some new music.” – Gary Barlow

36. “I’m a songwriter, so I want to feed that muscle all the time.” – Gary Barlow

37. “I thought, ‘You know what? Wouldn’t it be great – no one’s done a buddy song in years, like a Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis… like you’re friends but taking the Micky out of one another.’ And there’s only one person that you’d do that kind of a record with, and it’s James.” – Gary Barlow

38. “So I wrote it, and I sent it to him, and he was like, ‘Listen, we’re on a massive lockdown here, but book me a studio, and I’ll go and record it.” – Gary Barlow

39. “I had this beautiful white piano, my lucky piano. Every hit I’d had I’d written on this piano. Within six months of this not happening anymore, this piano drove me mad. To the point where I spent days just looking at it, lying underneath it, lying on top of it, rubbing my face on it, going slowly insane, trying to work out why this thing wasn’t delivering to me like it used to.” – Gary Barlow

40. “It’s very seldom I go home and I haven’t written anything, but it is a game of patience. It can be bloody annoying sometimes, but the other thing is you can land on something you feel is great.” – Gary Barlow



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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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