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Mark Owen
Birth name Mark Anthony Patrick Owen[1]
Born 27 January 1972 (1972-01-27) (age 38)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Genres Pop, pop rock, rock, soft rock
Instruments Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Bass guitar, Piano, Mellotron, Koto, Percussion
Years active 1989–Present
Labels Sony BMG (1990-1997)
Island Records (2002-2003)
Sedna Records (2004-present)
MCA Records/Polydor Records (2005-present)
Associated acts Take That, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams
Website Official Site

Mark Anthony Patrick Owen (born 27 January 1972) is an English singer-songwriter and a founding member of pop group Take That. The band were successful during the early 1990s and have enjoyed more success since their reunion in 2005.

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Early life

Owen was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England. He lived in a small council house with his mother Mary, his father Keith, brother Daniel and sister Tracy in Oldham, Lancashire. His father was a decorator, later getting a job at a police station. His mother was a supervisor in a bakery in Oldham. Owen was educated at the Holy Rosary Primary and St Augustine's Catholic School in Oldham. Owen's first ambition was to be a professional footballer; he starred in school plays but showed no interest in music at school, preferring football. He played for Chadderton F.C. for a brief period. He also had trials for Manchester United, Huddersfield Town and Rochdale, but damaged his groin and was unable to pursue a career in the sport. During the Take That "quiet" years, Owen spent some time back in Lancashire and was often spotted at musical events put on and performed by local boarding school, "Casterton School". He used the school gymnasium on Tuesday evenings for football practice with mates (LA6 2SG)

Take That

Take That formed in 1990 and during his time with Take That, Owen sang lead vocals on "Babe", which was released in December 1993 from the Everything Changes album. It reached number one in the UK, but was knocked off the top spot at Christmas by Mr Blobby . He also sang lead vocals on "The Day After Tomorrow" from the Nobody Else. On 13 February 1996, Robbie Williams' 22nd birthday it was officially announced that it was the end of Take That.

Take That reformed in 2005 and Mark completed a critically acclaimed sell-out tour entitled The Ultimate Tour. The band embarked on The Beautiful World Tour in 2007, which proved another sell-out success. Before the start of the tour the band released an album entitled Beautiful World. In the early days of Take That, Owen was never keen to write songs for the band and the work was normally left to Gary, but ever since the comeback he, along with Jason Orange and Howard Donald, has started composing so now the album is a joint effort from all four of the boys. Three singles were released off the album in the UK: "Patience" (in 2006), "Shine" (in 2007), which both reached number one in the charts, and "I'd Wait for Life" in June 2007, which peaked at number 17 due to lack of promotion before their tour. A DVD of the concert tour was released after the climax of the tour.

In 2008 it was announced that the band were to start production on a follow up to Beautiful World. Preceding the album, the single "Greatest Day" was released on 24 November 2008. The album The Circus was released on 1 December in the UK. The album featured Mark taking lead vocals on the songs "Hello", "Julie", "Up All Night" and "Hold Up A Light", and sharing lead vocals on the songs "The Garden" and "Said It All".

Solo career

After Take That split, Owen became the third of the band's ex-members to release a solo record. He reached number three in the UK Singles Chart with his debut single, "Child".[2] His second single, "Clementine", also went to number three.[2] In 1997 his album Green Man was released, charting at a number 33. After another single, "I Am What I Am", charted at number 29, Owen was dropped by BMG Records in late 1997.

Owen won the second series of Celebrity Big Brother in November 2002 with 77% of the public vote against television presenter Les Dennis, he broke down in tears because he did not think that he had any fans left since he left Take That. After being invited to perform on stage with Robbie Williams at Knebworth, he returned to the spotlight and signed a deal with Island/Universal Records. In August 2003, Owen returned to the charts with the Top 5 hit, "Four Minute Warning", which remained in the Top 40 for eight weeks. His second album, In Your Own Time, was released in November 2003, entering the charts at number 59. After a second single, "Alone Without You", charted at number 26, Owen was dropped by Island/Universal Records.

In April 2004 he established his own record company, Sedna Records. One report around 2004 even alleged that Owen was looking for a day job, but he simply said "Doing it properly isn't cheap. These are my indulgences. I don't have a Ferrari, I have two albums." He released his third solo album, How the Mighty Fall in 2005, which was recorded at Sunset Studios, Los Angeles in 2004. In February 2006 he released "Hail Mary" as a single from the album.

Although Owen had enjoyed every second of the success since Take That's reunion, he is planning on resuming his own career. Owen is planning on releasing solo material and being back on stage with his own band.[3]

Personal life

Owen lives in Wandsworth, London.[4] In 2006 he became engaged to his girlfriend, actress Emma Ferguson, with whom he had been in a relationship since 2004. On 8 November 2009, the pair married in Cawdor Church, Scotland. They have a son, Elwood Jack (born 2006, London)[5] and daughter, Willow Rose[6] (born 2008, London)[7] In March 2010, Owen revealed he had an affair from late 2004 until October 2009, and that during his relationship with Ferguson, but before he married her, he had about ten one-night stands.[8] He also revealed that his drinking has become a problem and checked into a private clinic for rehabilitation. In March 2010, Ferguson stated that she will stay with Owen for the sake of their children. [9]

Discography

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Albums

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Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
UK Singles Chart[2]
1996 "Child" 3 Green Man
1997 "Clementine" 3 Green Man
1997 "I Am What I Am" 29 Green Man
2003 "Four Minute Warning" 4 In Your Own Time
2003 "Alone Without You" 26 In Your Own Time
2004 "Makin' Out" 30 How the Mighty Fall
2005 "Believe In The Boogie" 57 How the Mighty Fall
2006 "Hail Mary" 103 How the Mighty Fall
As featured artist
2010 Everybody Hurts (with Helping Haiti) 1 Single only

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Preceded by
Jack Dee
Celebrity Big Brother UK Winner
Series 2 (2002)
Succeeded by
Bez

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