Peter Gabriel is an English singer, musician and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock lineup Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. More recently he has focused on producing and promoting world songs and pioneering digital distribution methods for songs. He has also been involved in assorted humanitarian efforts. In 2007 Gabriel was honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers.” Gabriel was also awarded the Polar material Prize in 2009 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.