Peter Brian Gabriel arrived on 13th February 1950. Brought up in Surrey, music was in Gabriel’s blood from an early age, and he started out his career as a drummer. In 1968 he founded rock group Genesis with his schoolmates Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford. After a slow start, and Anthony Phillips quitting the band, Genesis finally achieved moderate success in the early 1970s, and following with the recruitment of Phil Collins on drums, the band recorded a series of classic albums such as Nursery Crime, Foxtrot and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Genesis earned a reputation for their theatrical live shows and Gabriel’s outrageous stage costumes.

However, in 1975, after their most adventurous tour, Gabriel left the band for personal and creative reasons. Phil Collins took over on lead vocals and Genesis moved into a more commercial and ironically successful direction.

Following a few years out of the limelight, Peter Gabriel’s first solo album was released in 1977, and spawed the top 20 single “Solsbury Hill”. However it wasn’t until 1980 and his third eponymous solo album, that Gabriel established his own distinctive style – and also achieved his first number one album, and top 10 single, with “Games Without Frontiers”. In the early 80s, Gabriel experimented in world music and revolutionary electronic sound sampling with the Fairlight synthesiser which formed the basis for his fourth album, released in 1982, followed by his first major tour of Europe and America. Gabriel also established WOMAD – World of Music Arts and Dance which would become an annual festival held all over the world.

After venturing into film music by producing the soundtrack to Alan Parker’s 1985 film, Birdy, Peter Gabriel began writing what would become his best-known album. In 1986 Gabriel struck gold with the multi-million selling So. His most famous and iconic single, "Sledgehammer" topped the charts and won countless awards, particularly for its groundbreaking promotional video, made by Bristol-based animation company, Aardman. The success of So continued, with classic singles such as “Don’t Give Up” and “Big Time”.

By now a prominent Human Rights Activist, Gabriel embarked on a major world tour, along with a special tour for Amnesty International which would take him through to the end of the decade. Gabriel toured constantly between 1986 and 1989, finally releasing his last album of the decade, Passion. This award winning soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ was the first album to be released on Gabriel’s newly formed world music label, Real World, which would become a launch pad for artists from all corners of the globe, from Seal and Wet Wet Wet to Amy Winehouse and the Arctic Monkeys.

It would be several years until a new album was released. Gabriel spent the early 90s writing and recording with So producer, Daniel Lanois. The new material was shaped by the breakdown of his marriage and subsequent relationships, and the breakdown in communication with one of his daughters. The emotionally charged Us was released in September 1992, and with it came even more innovative video work, and high charting singles “Digging in the Dirt” and “Steam”; both of which would win countless awards for the videos. Although not on the same scale as So, the album was a major success, and perhaps Gabriel’s most defining work to date, with the world music influence more prominent than ever.

Gabriel returned to the public arena in 1993 with his most spectacular rock show since leaving Genesis, the ambitious and innovative “Secret World Tour”. This spectacular show lasted over a year and toured all across Europe and America.

Ever the innovator, Gabriel diverted from making music in the mid-90s, and enterd the new world of multimedia, releasing two award-winning CD-ROMs, Xplora1 and Eve. Towards the end of the decae Gabriel became involved in the Millennium Dome show project, and composed the score for the stage show, eventually released as the Ovo album.

In 2002, Gabriel provided the musical score for the film, Rabbit Proof Fence, and lLater that same year, after what seemed like an eternity, Peter Gabriel released Up, his first new album of solo material for a decade. Determined as ever, Gabriel took to the road again with the “Growing Up tour” – another rock extravaganza. In late 2003, Gabriel signed a new record deal with EMI and a new “best of” package, Hit, was released, with the "Still Growing Up" tour the following year.

Gabriel returned to the stage for a number of festival dates during the summer of 2007, and over the next couple of years, focussed on a song-swap project, entitled Scratch My Back; rather than a simple album of cover versions, Gabriel’s idea being that each artist he covers, records one of his tracks in return.

Peter Gabriel continues to write, record and inspire, constantly receiving recognition of his work in both music and human rights, over the last 30 years.