Peter Gabriel

Musician + Record Producer

Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer, musician, and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock group Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and the album's biggest hit, "Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and the song is the most played music video in the history of the station.… Read More

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1950 Birth Born on February 13, 1950.


1963 13 Years Old He attended Cable House, a private, primary (pre-prep) school in Woking, Surrey, St. Andrews Prep School in Horsell, then Charterhouse School (Godalming) from 1963. … Read More
1967 17 Years Old Gabriel founded Genesis in 1967 with fellow Charterhouse School pupils Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, and drummer Chris Stewart. … Read More


1970 - 1971 2 More Events
1975 25 Years Old Gabriel's departure from Genesis on 15 August 1975—which stunned fans of the group and left many commentators wondering if the band could survive—was the result of several factors. … Read More
1976 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The breaking point came with the difficult pregnancy of Gabriel's wife, Jill, and the subsequent birth of their first child, Anna-Marie. When he opted to stay with his sick daughter and wife, rather than record and tour, the resentment from the rest of the band led Gabriel to conclude that he had to leave the group. "Solsbury Hill", Gabriel's debut single as a solo artist, recorded in 1976 and appearing on the "Car" album in 1977, was written specifically about his departure from Genesis. … Read More
1978 28 Years Old Gabriel worked with guitarist Fripp as producer of his second solo LP, in 1978. … Read More


1981 - 1984 4 More Events
1986 36 Years Old Gabriel achieved his greatest popularity with songs from the 1986 album So. … Read More
1987 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Gabriel has won three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, the Q magazine Lifetime Achievement, the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Polar Music Prize. … Read More
1989 39 Years Old In 1989, Gabriel released Passion, the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's movie The Last Temptation of Christ. … Read More


1992 - 1993 2 More Events
1994 44 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On Toni Childs' 1994 CD, The Woman's Boat, Gabriel sang on the track, "I Met a Man".
1996 46 Years Old Gabriel also won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video for his Secret World Live video. … Read More
1998 48 Years Old In 1998, Gabriel appeared on the soundtrack of Babe: Pig in the City as the singer of the song "That'll Do", written by Randy Newman. … Read More


2001 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, Gabriel contributed lead vocals to the song "When You're Falling" on Afro Celt Sound System's Volume 3: Further in Time. … Read More
2003 53 Years Old In 2003 Gabriel contributed a song for the video game Uru: Ages Beyond Myst.
2004 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Gabriel contributed another song ("Curtains") and contributed voice work on another game in the Myst franchise, Myst IV: Revelation.
In June 2005, Gabriel and broadcast industry entrepreneur David Engelke purchased Solid State Logic, a manufacturer of mixing consoles and digital audio workstations. … Read More
FIFA asked Gabriel and Brian Eno to organise an opening ceremony for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany, planned to take place a couple of days before the start of the tournament; however, the show was cancelled in January 2006 by FIFA. … Read More
2007 57 Years Old The Times reported on 21 January 2007, that Peter Gabriel had announced that he planned to release his next album in the US without the aid of a record company. … Read More
2008 58 Years Old The venture capitalists, Gabriel and his Real World Limited partners, have created a new joint venture company, High Level Recordings Limited, to oversee the release of the album, which took place in 2008.
Gabriel appeared on a nationwide tour for the album in 2009. … Read More


2010 - 2013 6 More Events
In March 2014, Gabriel publicly supported #withsyria, a campaign to rally support for victims of the Syrian Civil War.
2015 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia in recognition of his achievements in music. … Read More
2016 66 Years Old 1 More Event
On 16 June 2016, Peter Gabriel released the single "I'm Amazing". … Read More
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