Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel

Rock Singer

Peter Brian Gabriel is an English musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and activist. He rose to fame as the original lead singer of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, he launched a successful solo career with "Solsbury Hill" as his first single.

Full Name
Feb 13, 1950
5′ 11″
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Peter Brian Gabriel was born on February 13, 1950, in Chobham, Surrey, England. He is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian who rose to fame as the original lead singer of the progressive rock band Genesis. His zodiac sign is Aquarius and his ethnicity is British.

Gabriel's musical career began in 1967 when he joined Genesis as the lead singer and flutist. He wrote many of the band's most popular songs including "The Carpet Crawlers", "Supper's Ready", and "Watcher of the Skies". He left the band in 1975 to pursue a solo career and released his debut album Peter Gabriel in 1977. His second studio album, titled Scratch, was released in 1978 and featured some of his most successful singles such as "Solsbury Hill" and "Games Without Frontiers".

He continued to release albums throughout the 1980s which included So (1986) and Us (1992). The album So sold over 5 million copies worldwide and won him a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. His songwriting style changed from progressive rock to more pop-oriented music during this time. In 2002, he released Up which featured collaborations with various artists such as Neneh Cherry, Sinead O'Connor, Paul Buchanan, and David Rhodes. In 2010 he released Scratch My Back which included cover versions of various artists' songs alongside original compositions. 

In addition to his music career, Gabriel has also been involved in various humanitarian efforts including founding WITNESS - an organization that uses video footage to document human rights abuses - in 1992. He has also served as president of The Elders - a group of world leaders convened by Nelson Mandela - since its inception in 2007.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1950</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Peter Gabriel is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On February 13, 1950, Peter Gabriel is born in Chobham, Surrey, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1967</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms Genesis</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Forms the band Genesis with friends Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1975</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Leaves Genesis to Pursue Solo Career</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leaves Genesis to pursue a solo career after achieving commercial success with the band.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases First Solo Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his first solo album, “Peter Gabriel I”, which includes the singles "Solsbury Hill" and "Here Comes The Flood".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Third Album, "Melt"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his third album “Melt”, which contains the hit single “Games Without Frontiers”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Scores Hit Single "Sledgehammer"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Scores a huge hit with his single “Sledgehammer” off of his album “So”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2002</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Album "Up"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his sixth studio album “Up”, which includes the singles “The Barry Williams Show” and “Growing Up”.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> His Unique Style</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Peter Gabriel is a legendary rock singer with a unique and innovative style. He has a distinct voice, and he is known for pushing the boundaries of music with his creative lyrics, eclectic sound, and groundbreaking videos.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> His Passionate Performances</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Peter Gabriel is an incredible live performer. He puts on passionate and powerful shows that draw in audiences from across the globe. He also often incorporates theatrical elements into his performances to create a truly memorable experience.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> His Charitable Work</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">In addition to being an amazing musician, Peter Gabriel is also dedicated to charitable work. He has been involved in numerous charity projects over the years, including raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, helping the homeless, and supporting refugees.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Founding Member of Genesis</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Peter Gabriel is a founding member of the iconic progressive rock group, Genesis. He was part of the band from its inception in 1967 until 1975 when he left to pursue a solo career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Has an Asteroid Named After Him</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2003, astronomers discovered an asteroid located between Mars and Jupiter, and named it 4358 Petergabriel in honor of Peter Gabriel.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Fascinated by World Music</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Throughout his career, Peter Gabriel has been heavily influenced by world music and has collaborated with numerous musicians from all corners of the globe.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Involved in Humanitarian Causes</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Peter Gabriel is actively involved in humanitarian work around the world. He’s the founder of the human rights organization WITNESS, as well as a vocal advocate for human rights causes.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Won a Golden Globe Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1988, Peter Gabriel won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for his song “The Last Temptation of Christ” which he wrote for Martin Scorsese’s film of the same name.</p></div>


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