He is a drummer and singer-songwriter born Philip David
Charles Collins in Chiswick, London.He started playing drums from the age
of five when he was given a set for Christmas and as he got older and more
proficient he received more and more to make up a larger set.
He went to the BarbaraSpeakStageSchool
from the age of 14, starting his career as an actor and a model.He won the role of The Artful Dodger
in Oliver in a London
production as well as appearing as an extra in the crowd scene in The Beatles'A Hard Days Night.
He formed a band called The Real Thing and then joined
the group Freehold when he wrote his first song "Lying, Crying,
Dying".He joined Flaming
Youth for his first record deal but the band dissolved after a year.
In 1970 he answered an advert in the magazine Melody Maker for a drummer for the
.He had his audition at Peter
Gabriel's parents' house and was hired.He remained their drummer and
back-up vocalist for 5 years before Peter
Gabriel left the band and, after much thought, he was given the role of
lead vocals, although he still drummed in instrumentals.He co-wrote many of Genesis' songs
Rutherford and Tony Banks
In 1975 he was a member of the band Brand X.He conducted his solo career
alongside working with Genesis in the
1980s and released his first album Face
Value in 1981 which he followed with Hello, I Must Be Going.During this time he also appeared as an actor in TV and film
including an episode of Miami Vice
and the movie Buster which gave
him the No.1 hit "Groovy Kind of Love".
He finally left the band in 1996 to concentrate on his
successful solo career.
He has worked with many artists including Frida (Anna-Frid from ABBA), Phil Bailey,
Sting, Howard Jones, Peter
Gabriel , Robert Plant, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton.In the Live Aid concert of 1985 he
managed to be a featured artist in Wembley Stadium in London
and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia
by way of a Concorde flight between the two cities.
In 1996 he formed the Phil Collins Big Band with the
band performing jazz renditions of Genesis' and his
In 2002 he released his album Testify which didn’t
achieve the same amount of critical acclaim but the version of the song “Can’t
Stop Loving You” did achieve the No. 1 spot on the Adult Contemporary
Chart. He followed the album
release with a world tour.Also
in 2002 he performed drums with the house band in the concert for the Golden
Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
He worked on the Broadway production of Tarzan in 2006 and later that same year
he and the other members of Genesis announced the Turn It On Again: The Tour.They toured Europe
and North America in 2007.They also performed at the VHI Rock Honors that year where they were paid tribute to.
In 2010 he released his album Going Back which consisted of many Motown
covers and it entered the UK
album chart at No. 4. He promoted
the album in six previous concerts and on an appearance on Later… With Jools
Holland. Later that year he
and the other members of Genesis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
In 2011 he announced his retirement but in 2013 he said
that he had gone back to songwriting.The next year the compilation …Hits was released and reached
No. 6 on the Billboard Album chart.
Winning multiple awards during his career, he has won an
Academy Award for the song "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan and a Grammy for the album No Jacket Required.Along with Michael Jackson and Sir
Paul McCartney he is one of the three artists that has
sold in excess of 100 million albums.
He has been married three times and has three
children.He is a supporter of
animal rights and the organization PETA (People for the Ethical Rights of