Peter Gabriel is a renowned English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, born on February 13, 1950, in Surrey, England. He rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Genesis, which he co-founded in 1967. Gabriel's time with Genesis was marked by his theatrical stage presence and unique vocal style, which helped the band gain a cult following and commercial success in the 1970s.
In 1975, Gabriel left Genesis to pursue a solo career and released his debut self-titled album in 1977. The album received critical acclaim and produced the hit single "Solsbury Hill." Gabriel continued to experiment with his sound and stage performances, incorporating elements of world music, funk, and electronic music into his work. He also collaborated with artists like Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, and Phil Collins.
Throughout his career, Gabriel's music has tackled a range of social and political issues, including apartheid, human rights, and mental health. His album So (1986) was a commercial and critical success, featuring hits such as "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," and "Don't Give Up," which featured duets with Kate Bush and Youssou N'Dour.
In addition to his music career, Gabriel is also known for his philanthropic work. He co-founded the human rights organization Witness in 1992 and has been involved in various charitable initiatives, including the Nelson Mandela 46664 campaign and the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts, and Dance) festival.
Peter Gabriel's innovative approach to music and his commitment to social and political causes have earned him numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. His influence can be seen in a wide range of artists across genres, making him one of the most important and enduring figures in contemporary music.