Chiswick, London, England, UK
Claim to Fame
Lead singer of Genesis
Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
Slick, Light, Wry, Cheerful, Laid-Back/Mellow, Playful, Earnest, Stylish, Exuberant, Poignant, Gentle, Amiable/Good-Natured, Refined/Mannered, Sentimental
Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Keyboards
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Music Department
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Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO, (born 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist and actor best known as the lead singer and drummer of English progressive rock group Genesis and as a Grammy and Academy Award-winning solo artist. He has also appeared in several films. Collins sang the lead vocals on eight American chart-toppers between 1984 and 1989; seven as a solo artist and one with Genesis. His singles, often dealing with lost love, ranged from the drum-heavy "In the Air Tonight", to the dance pop of "Sussudio", to the political statements of his most successful song, "Another Day in Paradise". His international popularity transformed Genesis from a progressive rock group to a regular on the pop charts and an early MTV mainstay.
Collins` professional career began as a drummer, first with obscure rock group Flaming Youth and then more famously with Genesis. In Genesis, Collins originally supplied backing vocals for front man Peter Gabriel, singing lead on only two songs: "For Absent Friends" from 1971`s Nursery Cryme album and "More Fool Me" from Selling England by the Pound, which was released in 1973. On Gabriel`s departure in 1975, Collins became the group`s lead singer. As the decade closed, Genesis`s first international hit, "Follow You, Follow Me", demonstrated a drastic change from the band`s early years. His concurrent solo career, heavily influenced by his personal life, brought both him and Genesis commercial success. According to Atlantic Records, Collins` total worldwide sales as a solo artist, as of 2002, were 150 million.
Collins is a supporter of animal rights and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2005, he donated autographed drumsticks in support of PETA`s campaign against Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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Barbara Speake Stage School (acting school)
Full Name at Birth
Phillip David Charles Collins
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Lily Collins (Daughter)
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Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, RVO (born 30 January 1951), is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock band Genesis, as well as worldwide success as a solo artist. Collins sang the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either solo or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes about lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, included the atmospheric "In the Air Tonight", power ballad "Against All Odds", dance-rock of "Sussudio" and the political and religious connotations of "Another Day in Paradise". AllMusic calls Collins "one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond".
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Greville Philip Austin Collins
Winifred M. "June" Strange
Music Genre (Text)
Pop rock, soft rock, adult contemporary, progressive rock, jazz fusion, big band
Vocals, drums, various percussion, piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, bagpipes, harp, vocoder
Virgin, Atlantic, WEA, Walt Disney, Rhino
Genesis, Brand X, Flaming Youth, The Phil Collins Big Band, Lily Collins, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
1968 – present
Thin Lizzy, Eric Clapton, Tears for Fears
Vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards
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