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Gill performing with JLS on tour
Jonathan Benjamin Gill
7 December 1986
Croydon, England, UK
|Residence||Kent, England, UK|
|Occupation||Singer, songwriter, actor, presenter, farmer|
|Employer||Epic, RCA, BBC One|
|Known for||JLS (2006–2013), farming|
|Television||The X Factor (2008)|
The Jump (2015)
Dance Dance Dance (2017)
Chloe Tangney (m. 2014)
|Parent(s)||Cynthia and Keith Gill|
|Family||Neequave Gill (brother)|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, dance|
|Years active||2006–14 (on hiatus)|
Jonathan Benjamin "JB" Gill (born 7 December 1986) is an English singer and farmer. He is best known for co-presenting Down on the Farm on CBeebies. Gill is a former member of boy band JLS, who came second on The X Factor in 2008. They went on to have five number-one singles and sold over 10 million records worldwide before disbanding in December 2013.
Gill is the son of Cynthia and Keith Gill and has one brother, Neequaye. He spent the first five years of his life living in Antigua, discovering his musical talent at a very early age. After completing his exams at university, he decided to audition for The X Factor in 2007. It was at this point that he came into contact with the other members of JLS. Gill grew up, mostly, in Croydon and began making music at the age of seven when he played the recorder, piano, flute and guitar. At the age of nine, he joined the choir and went on to perform at the local church. Gill concentrated on his music and began studying at The Centre for Young Musicians.
After leaving the CYM, Gill stayed involved with the school music scene. He was involved with the choir at school. He continued this until he was 15 but had to give it up due to the pressures from the school to concentrate on his rugby career; he was involved with London Irish rugby club until he was 18. He eventually decided that he wanted to sing rather than play rugby and took up vocal coaching during a year out before attending university. During this period, Gill was contacted by Oritsé to try out for the band because of his musical ear and attention to harmonies. He studied theology at King's College London, staying in halls in Russell Square, before dropping out to pursue a music career.
Gill joined boy band UFO, later known as JLS, in 2007. The group auditioned for The X Factor in 2008, managed by Louis Walsh. They finished runners-up behind Alexandra Burke. They later signed a record deal with Epic Records.
In 2013, JLS announced via Twitter they had decided to split up after their farewell tour and album and book.
In January 2014, it was revealed that Gill would team up with DJ and music producer Charlie Hedges to release his debut solo single Best Night of My Life, making him the first member of JLS to release solo material.
In November 2015, he appeared on the show, Countryfile. In September 2016, he appeared on Who's Doing the Dishes?. In February 2017, he appeared on the ITV show Dance Dance Dance alongside his wife Chloe and finished in 3rd place. From 2017, he has been a presenter on the BBC's Songs of Praise.
Gill used to play rugby but gave it up to concentrate on his singing career. He does, however, still take part in charity matches. He played for England in the 2015 fixture of Rugby Aid, which sees a team of celebrities and professional rugby players take part in an 'England vs The Rest of the World' match to raise money for the charity Help For Heroes.
In late 2008 Gill began dating backing dancer Chloe Tangney. In January 2014, the couple announced their engagement and married on 3 May 2014. On 19 September 2014, the couple welcomed a baby boy, Ace Jeremiah Gill. In July 2018, their daughter Chiara Sapphire Gill was born.
- The X Factor (2008) – Contestant, as part of JLS
- Countryfile (2012) – Guest
- The Paul O'Grady Show (2014) – Guest
- Celebrity MasterChef (2014) – Contestant
- The Jump (2015) – Contestant
- Down on the Farm (2015–present) – Presenter
- The Chase Celebrities (2015) – Contestant
- Tipping Point Lucky Stars (2016) – Contestant
- Dance Dance Dance (2017) – Contestant
- Songs of Praise (2017–present) – Presenter
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- "CBeebies commissions Down On The Farm starring JB Gill". BBC. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
- "Ex-JLS star JB Gill reveals plans to present new CBeebies show on his farm". Daily Mirror. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- "JLS' JB Gill is "excited" to combine his faith and music as new Songs of Praise presenter". Digital Spy. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
- "JB Gill and wife Chloe introduce baby daughter and reveal her name - HELLO! exclusive". HELLO!. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2019.