Peter Gabriel was born on February 13, 1950 in Surrey England. He was the lead singer in the art rock bank Genesis until 1975 when he broke from the group and launched a successful solo career. His talents include singer-songwriter, music video producer and developer, digital recording methods inventor and music distributor.
Gabriel is also an anti-Apartheid activist and uses his talent to bring different styles of music to the world. His song Biko about African civil right leader Stephen Bantu Biko got him banned from South Africa. The bans are now lifted. He established the World of Music Arts and Dance Festival, Real World recording label, and works for Amnesty International. He cofounded with Nelson Mandela and Richard Branson the human rights organization and advocate group the Elder in 2007. Gabriel was recognized with the Nobel Peace Laureates' Man of the Peace Award in 2006 and Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience honor in 2008.
In 1989 Gabriel produced the So album that earned his the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist. Gabriel has also won the Frankfurt Music Prize, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, plus the Q Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2007, The Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award. Gabriel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hal of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
Gabriel is currently married to Meabh Flynn and they have two children. He has two other children from his marriage to Jill Moore.