Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel


2/13/1950, Woking, Surrey, England, UK

Birth Name

Peter Brian Gabriel


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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1996 Peter won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video - Long Form for "Secret Wold Live". He has also been nominated for the following Grammy Awards: in 1985 for Best Album of Instrumental Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special for "Against All Odds"; in 1990 for Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television for "The Last Temptation of Christ" song "Passion"; in 1992 for Best Music Video - Long Form for "PoV."

    • Peter co-founded the digital downloading service OD2 (On Demand Distribution) with Charles Grimsdale.

    • Peter's song "Solsbury Hill" was featured in commercials for Cingular Wireless.

    • Peter played the flute on Cat Stevens' 1970 album "Mona Bone Jakon".

    • Peter's albums were once banned by the apartheid government of South Africa due to his song "Biko". The song is about Stephen Bantu Biko the South African civil rights leader.

    • Peter co-founded WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) with Thomas Brooman.

    • Peter has been nominated twice for the Best Original Score - Motion Picture Golden Globe Awards. In 1992 for "The Last Temptation of Christ" and in 2003 for "Rabbit-Proof Fence".

    • Peter married Meabh Flynn on June 9, 2002; they have 1 one son, Issac born in 2002.

    • Peter was married to Jill Moore from 1971 to 1987; they have 2 daughters, Anna-Marie born in 1974 and Melanie born in 1976.

    • Peter is 5'11" (1.80 m) tall.

    • Peter can play many instruments: piano, keyboards, percussion, drums, flute, recorder, and harmonica.

    • Peter performed for the BBC's annual Children in Need charity event, November 21 2003.

    • Peter dated actress Rosanna Arquette.

    • Peter suffers from bipolar disorder.

    • Peter was the lead singer of Genesis, till he left in 1975 to work on his solo career. However, in 1999 he joined Genesis in the studios one more time, to record the song and video clip 'The Carpet Crawlers 1999'.

    • One of Peter's favorite video clips is 'Mercy Street', which was directed by one of his favorite directors, Matt Mahurin.

    • Peter is a big fan of films and has had the privilege of working with some of his favorite directors, while shooting his video clips. Some of his favorite directors are; Stephen Johnson, Matt Mahurin, John Downer, and Sean Penn.

    • The video clip of Peter's hit 'The Barry Williams Show' (2002), was directed by actor Sean Penn

    • Peter as been titled Phil Collins' cousin at, this information is incorrect. They are good friends and both were the lead singer of the band Genesis, but they are not blood related.

  • Quotes

    • Peter: With the telephone and Internet, anyone, anyplace can tell their story.

    • Peter: There has always been a strong relationship between music and religion. It is because they both plug directly into the heart and can have real power for good or evil.

    • Peter: Music is a universal language, it draws people together and proves, as well as anything, the stupidity of racism.

    • Peter: I'm an artist who works incredibly slowly.