Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.
After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career, with "Solsbury Hill" his first single.
His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S.
The album's biggest hit, "Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and it remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.
Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career.
He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982.
He has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label.
He has also pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, one of the first online music download services.
Gabriel has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts.
In 1980, he released the anti-apartheid single "Biko".
He has participated in several human rights benefit concerts, including Amnesty International's Human Rights Now!