Ex-Genesis Frontman Peter Gabriel Shares His Long-Time Favorite Singers

Former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel recently joined Prog for an interview and revealed the best singers he has collaborated with.

Peter Gabriel rose to prominence as the original lead singer of Genesis. He contributed to the band in various ways — by playing the accordion, flute, tambourine, and bass drum. Moreover, he also became known for his stage performances, during one of which he took to the stage wearing his wife’s red dress and a fox’s head.

Gabriel’s final album with Genesis was 1974’s ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.’ During the album’s writing, tensions arose as Gabriel wanted to write the lyrics by himself. Due to the difficult birth of his daughter, he lacked in contribution to the record. After the album’s promotional tour in 1975, Gabriel left Genesis.

After leaving Genesis, Gabriel focused on his solo career. With his first single ‘Solsbury Hill’ and his 1986 album ‘So,’ he achieved remarkable commercial success. Gabriel also contributed to lots of artists throughout his solo music career and made numerous collaborative musical efforts.

Speaking to Prog about his soundtrack album ‘Ovo,’ Gabriel said he experimented with new music styles and used folk references and industrial elements. He then stated he worked with his long-time favorite singers for the album: Elizabeth Fraser, Paul Buchanan, Alison Goldfrapp, Iarla Ó Lionáird, and Richie Havens.

Speaking to Prog, Peter Gabriel said the following:

“With the music, I’m doing something that I’ve never done before – both looking back towards a whole range of folk references and then looking forward to the future, bringing in industrial elements. So, from my perspective, I’m pushing into areas I haven’t explored, which I’m really enjoying.

I have enjoyed working with the singers, who have added a lot to the music. Elizabeth Fraser, Paul Buchanan, Alison Goldfrapp, Iarla Ó Lionáird, and Richie Havens are my long-time favorite voices, and I was delighted that they were willing to participate. Their performances covered a real range of emotions that brought the ‘OVO’ family to life.”

‘Ovo’ is Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack album and his eleventh solo effort. Released on June 12, 2000, the album serves as the soundtrack to the multimedia performance show named Millennium Dome Show. Apparently, Gabriel really enjoyed working with the singers he collaborated with on this record.