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About Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel achieved worldwide fame in the 1970s as lead singer of Genesis. The band is arguably the most successful progressive rock band of all time and is acclaimed for ground-breaking music and theatrical live shows pioneering the use of lasers. Although Genesis continued to release albums, Gabriel left the band in 1975 to pursue a successful solo career as a singer, songwriter and soundtrack composer.

In 1982 Peter Gabriel achieved his first top 40 hit with Shock the Money, which showcased his talent for combining global music beats with his own style of music. In 1986 he released So, the album which was to become a global hit and earning him the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist. The album's multi-platinum hit, Sledgehammer, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. Also taken from the album was the hit track, In Your Eyes, which was featured in the 1989 John Cusack movie, Say Anything. He 1989 he released Passion, the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's movie, The Last Temptation of Christ, which gave him his first Grammy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.

In 1993 Gabriel embarked on a tour of the United States, performing with Crowded House, James and Sinéad O'Connor. The following year, he released the best-selling double-disc, Secret World Live, in addition to developing multimedia projects for his company. His album UP was released in 2002 and in 2010 he released Scratch My Back, which covered songs originally performed by Radiohead, Paul Simon, David Bowie and Arcade Fire. His most recent album, New Blood, was released in 2011.

From his early work with Genesis to his current musical endeavours, Peter Gabriel has left a lasting impact on the music scene. He has worked extensively for humanitarian efforts, including Amnesty International and his own human rights organization, alongside both Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela. He also helped to bring World music to the west, establishing the WOMAD World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival, which remains an annual event. His music has been cited as an inspiration by many artists, including U2, Kate Bush, Moby, R.E.M., Simple Minds, Marillion, It Bites and Elbow. He continues to perform all over the world and recently announced dates for his 2014 Back To Front tour.