Pictured: (From left) Lewis Raines, Jonathan Ansell, Mike Christie and Duncan Sandilands
G4 shot to fame on the first series of ITV's The X Factor in 2004, where they pioneered the world of popular opera. Their exquisite harmonies and unique arrangements of iconic songs such as My Way, Circle of Life and Bohemian Rhapsody immediately captivated the hearts of the nation and catapulted them into instant stardom.
G4 set an exciting trend by bringing classical music to British reality TV screens for the first time in 2004 with their performance of Nessun Dorma. However, it was their cover of Bohemian Rhapsody that became their signature tune, storming the charts in 2005. Their eponymous debut album went straight to No.1, selling more than 245,000 in the first week, making it the fastest-selling album of the year.
G4 subsequently released three albums, selling over 2 million copies in the UK. They also released a “Live at The Royal Albert Hall” DVD, an autobiographical book “G4: Our Way” and completed five sell-out tours across the UK and Ireland, including a Cathedral Tour where they sang acoustically. Other G4 highlights included collaborating with Lesley Garrett, Robin Gibb, Stephen Gately and Sir Cliff Richard, performing in The Royal Albert Hall more than a dozen times, and opening the roller-coaster ride G-Force at Drayton Manor Theme Park. In 2007, after three albums, over 2 million album sales and five sell-out tours with performances in many of the UK's iconic venues, the band decided to disband to follow individual interests.
Back for Good
On 17th November 2014, G4 reunited at London's Barbican Centre to celebrate their 10th anniversary since appearing on The X Factor. Due to unprecedented demand, the band were forced to reconsider the 'One Night Only' aspect of the show, and bring their music back to audiences across the UK, which resulted in a 20-date tour.
After the phenomenal reaction to their Reunion Tour to packed houses across the UK, G4 transported their loyal following right back to the moment they first fell in love with G4's trademark harmonies. Having recreated their unique take on songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Circle of Life and Nessun Dorma, they also proved they can tackle the latest chart-toppers including Let It Go, Happy and Uptown Funk in their own inimitable style.
Due to the overwhelming demand for G4, and having toured their 29-date 'Back For Good' tour in 2016, G4 went on to tour their popular 'Christmas By Candlelight' show across the UK in November and December in 14 historic churches and cathedrals, which showcased their first-ever Christmas album.
In February 2017, G4 released their fifth album 'G4 Love Songs', recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and featuring collaborations with Lesley Garrett and Merrill Osmond. The following month, G4 made their Asia debut in South Korea.
Bigger and Better in 2019
For the 2019 festive season, they embarked on their biggest ever Christmas tour, with 28 dates in stunning cathedrals, and iconic venues including the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. G4's Christmas tours are always in association with the charity Missing People, who are a lifeline when someone goes missing. Last year's Christmas tour raised over £14,000 for Missing People and this year they raise nearly £20,000 in bucket collections alone, made at the end of each show.
G4 are now enjoying a huge resurgence, and since their reunion in November 2014, they have performed over 200 headline shows in the UK alone and they have 60 headline tour dates already booked in the UK in 2020.