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Peter Gabriel Biography

Birth Name:
Peter Brian Gabriel
Birth Place:
Woking, Surrey, England
Musician, songwriter, record producer

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


  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2008Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2008Grammy-Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: winner
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Original Music Score: winner
  • 1989Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1989Grammy-Best New Age Performance: winner


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