Peter Gabriel

Born 13 February 1950.
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Peter Gabriel joins Simon Mayo in the studio

Peter Gabriel joins Simon Mayo in the studio.

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Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, selling five million copies in the United States, and the album's biggest hit, "Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. "Sledgehammer" remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.

Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982. He has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label. He has also pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, one of the first online music download services. Gabriel has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts. In 1980, he released the anti-apartheid single "Biko". He has participated in several human rights benefit concerts, including Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour in 1988, and co-founded the WITNESS human rights organisation in 1992. In collaboration with entrepreneur Richard Branson, Gabriel developed The Elders, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

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  • Founded Real World and Real World Music, Ltd.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of So - 25th Anniversary Edition

    So - 25th Anniversary Edition 2012

    Reviewed by Jude Rogers
    An innovative album that slipped comfortably inside the 80s mainstream.
  2. Review of New Blood

    New Blood 2011

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    A string-driven LP swinging between bravado and bleakness, and always beautiful.
  3. Review of Scratch My Back

    Scratch My Back 2010

    Reviewed by Will Dean
    A stunningly realised pop covers collection from the musical polymath.
  4. Review of Shaking The Tree

    Shaking The Tree

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It's easy to forget that, in 1977 when his first album was released, he was only 26,...
  5. Review of Long Walk Home

    Long Walk Home

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Who knows? Maybe in twenty years time the film music of Peter Gabriel will be the work...
  6. Review of Up


    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Gabriel remains a songsmith who speaks from the heart and never fails to move. Ten...
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