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Peter Gabriel to be honoured as icon

Peter Gabriel

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Gabriel is to be honored as a BMI Icon at the US performing right organization’s annual London Awards on October 16.

The black-tie, invitation-only gala will recognize UK and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-played BMI songs on American radio and television.

BMI is a United States-based performing right organization that collects and distributes monies for public performance of music in the US, including on radio, TV and Internet.

The Icon designation is given to BMI songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers”. Gabriel joins an elite list of past recipients that include Ray Davies, Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, Isaac Hayes, Dolly Parton, James Brown, Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steve Winwood and more.

Gabriel’s achievements, whether musical, visual or humanitarian, are the work of a true visionary.

The co-founder of rock band Genesis, Gabriel left the group in 1975 to begin a critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning solo career.

Thus far, he has released 11 albums featuring self-penned gems and BMI million-performance songs including Big Time, Solsbury Hill, Sledgehammer and In Your Eyes and composed soundtracks for numerous films, including Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

Amongst other bold endeavors, Gabriel founded Real World companies in 1987, housing his recording, publishing, film and multi-media ventures under one progressive roof.

An early participant in Human Rights Now! and recipient of the Nobel Peace Laureates’ ‘Man of Peace’ Award, Peter Gabriel founded world human rights advocacy supergroup TheElders.org in July 2007, with Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela.