Fast Facts

  • Formed Genesis while attending Charterhouse, a boarding school in England.
  • Gained a reputation as a flamboyant stage performer, often donning elaborate costumes for live concerts.
  • Left the band in 1975 to pursue a career as a solo artist.
  • Wrote the song "Biko" about human-rights activist Stephen Biko; it was one of the first pop songs to broach the subject of apartheid.
  • Released the album So in 1986 and reached the top of the charts with the singles "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time."   
  • Founded Real World Studios in the late '80s.
  • Launched WITNESS, a humanitarian foundation that advocates the use of video and technology to document human-rights violations, in 1992.

Awards

  • 2008, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 2008, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1989, Grammy — Best New Age Performance: Winner
  • 1992, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
  • 1993, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
  • 1995, Grammy — Best Music Video - Long Form: Winner
  • 2002, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Original Music Score: Winner
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Luc Gabriel — Son
  • Jill Moore — Ex-wife
  • Anna-Marie Gabriel — Daughter
  • Meabh Flynn — Wife
  • Anne — Sister
  • Melanie Gemma Gabriel — Daughter
  • Isaac Ralph Gabriel — Son
  • Ralph Parton Gabriel — Father
  • Rosanna Arquette — Ex-significant Other
  • Edith Gabriel — Mother

Details

  • Birth Name: Peter Brian Gabriel
  • Birth Place: Woking, Surrey, England
  • Birthday: February 13, 1950, Aquarius
  • Profession: Musician, Songwriter, Record producer
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