Original front man and flautist of Genesis, the legendary progressive rock band, Peter Gabriel (full name Peter Brian Gabriel) was born in Chobham, England on 13th February 1950. With a career that spans across various genres like progressive rock, art rock, experimental, world-beat, pop and pop rock, Gabriel has always stood supportive of world music through a career that spans over 48 years. He is 66 years of age.
At an early age, Gabriel was taught piano by his mother who came from a musical family. His early experience making music came from being a drummer in his first rock bands, about which Mike Rutherford (a Genesis band member) in 1985 said that Gabriel was and still is a “frustrated drummer”. In 167, Gabriel founded Genesis along with his schoolmates Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, and Chris Stewart. The name of the band was suggested by an alumnus of their alma-mater Jonathan King, who also produced their first album.
Gabriel created a stage- manship of his own, often creating stories to introduce songs in the set list so that his band mates could either tune their instruments during that time or fix technical issues; and also wearing and constantly changing costumes, which initially his band mates thought was a bad idea but were supportive after the audiences seemed to enjoy Gabriel's stage antics. Genesis also made use of lightings to create a perfect backdrop for their music. In 15th August 1975, Gabriel quit Genesis and shocked fans and commentators alike whether or not the band would be capable to run without Gabriel, whose stage presence had a massive role to play in popularizing the band, and on the unfortunate side of things, also had created a lot of tensions within the band.
Tensions had been flaring for quite some time, but the real point that Gabriel decided to part ways was when his wife had a difficult pregnancy during her first childbirth and the rest of the band was pestering him to record and tour. There after he embarked on a solo career with a prolific output of 9 studio albums, 4 live albums and 4 soundtrack albums, along with numerous tours. He has also been actively promoting materials and artists of the world music genre, creating the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) movement.
Described by Allmusic as “one of rock's most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political” artist, Gabriel was awarded Man of Peace award from Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for his many years of activism on human rights, and was also named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. He released a single Biko against apartheid discrimination in 1980, and partook in several human rights benefit concerts including the 1988 Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! Tour. In 1992, he co founded the WITNESS human rights organization, and was instrumental in developing another organization The Elders along with Richard Branson that was launched in 2007 by Nelson Mandela. Gabriel's wife once was Jill Moore, with whom he has already been divorced. He has 2 children, and has over 155 thousand followers on twitter.