Howard Donald

Howard Donald

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Howard Donald

Img_capt = Donald performing at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena in November 2007.
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Howard Paul Donald
Alias =
Born = Birth date and age|1968|4|28|df=y
Died =
Origin = Droylsden, Manchester, England
Instrument = vocals, drums, piano
Genre = Pop
Years_active = 1990–present
Label =
Associated_acts = Take That

Howard Paul Donald (born 28 April 1968 in Droylsden, Manchester, England) is an English singer, songwriter, dancer, club DJ and House producer. He is one quarter of the English boyband Take That. As well as working with Jason Orange as band choreographers, he sang lead vocals on one of the band's many number 1 singles, Never Forget. In addition, he also wrote and sang lead vocals of the song entitled "If This Is Love" from the band's album "Everything Changes". He was educated at Littlemoss High School.

In the 2006 ITV documentary Take That For The Record (broadcast on the 10th anniversary of the band's demise) Howard shocked his fellow band members and manager with the revelation that he had been so depressed with the split in 1996 that he had walked away from the press conference with the genuine intention of committing suicide by jumping into the River Thames. Instead, he spent the years after the break-up developing his songwriting skills and trying to land himself a solo record deal. However, he has since relaunched himself as a successful club DJ.

He is father of two daughters, Grace May (born 1999) and Lola May (born 2005). They have different mothers (Victoria Piddington & Marie-Christine Musswessels).

David Walliams parodied Howard in Rock Profile, in which he lives with fellow Take That member, Gary Barlow, with heavy reliance placed on the fact that he shares his name with two cartoon ducks (Howard the Duck and Donald Duck).

It was claimed by the two 'remaining' members of the band Coldplay in the T4 special features of the movie Shaun Of The Dead that Howard was bitten and became a Zombie during the attacks.

In 2005 Take That reformed for "one last tour" in the summer of 2006, following the release of their Greatest Hits album.

In late 2006 Take That reunited and released their first studio album since 1995, "Beautiful World" and off it they recorded two number ones in "Patience" and "Shine".

The new album features Howard on lead vocals on two tracks; "Beautiful World" and "Mancunian Way". The song "Mancunian Way" is a tribute to the band's hometown Manchester.

Howard sustained a Chest Injury at the start of their 2007 Beautiful World-Tour resulting in hospitalization. According to the UK press Donald suffered from a collapsed lung after attempting a dance move that involved a back flip into the splits. It was said he could be off stage for up to four weeks.

While recovering from his chest injury Howard appeared several times on stage along with the rest of Take That, dressed in a green hospital cloak. He told the crowd how bad he felt about sitting backstage, watching the show and not being able to perform on stage with his bandmates. But he reassured the fans that he would recover as soon as he could, as he told them that he was a little worried how Take That "..were doing so well as a 3-piece..". Howard was also up for giving the crowd a little surprise while walking off stage and not more than surprised the rest of Take That themselves: While turning his back to the crowd; Howard revealed that he had no clothes underneath his hospital cloak, and showed off his bare bum to the crowd, resulting in a massive cheer from both the band and the audience. Howard also once dressed up in a drag costume during one of the shows before returning to the stage for the rest of the Beautiful World Tour.

NAME= Donald, Howard
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Donald, Howard Paul
SHORT DESCRIPTION= English singer and DJ
DATE OF BIRTH= 1968-04-28
PLACE OF BIRTH= Droylsden, Manchester, England

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