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Brief Biography

Philip David Charles Collins is well known as the lead singer and drummer of the progressive rock group, Genesis. Collins's professional career began as a drummer, first with the rock group ‘Flaming Youth’ and then with Genesis. In Genesis, Collins originally only sang backing vocals for front man, Peter Gabriel. He sang lead vocals 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. It was only when Gabriel left Genesis in 1975 that Collins became the group's lead singer.
Collins sang the lead vocals of numerous English songs, including eight American chart-toppers between 1984 and 1989. His singles, often inspired from those lost in love, ranged from the pop composition of "Sussudio” to the hard rock inspired "In the Air Tonight". He created quite a rage with his politically sensitive statements in his song, "Another Day in Paradise", a runaway hit.

Collin’s international popularity made Genesis a regular on the international music charts. In the end of 1970s, Genesis's first international hit, "Follow You, Follow Me", created a place for the band in the music circuit. Collins’ concurrent solo career brought both him and Genesis commercial success in the music circuit.

Collins is also a known actor and has starred in numerous Hollywood flicks. He has won a Grammy and Academy Award for his solo creations.

Debut Year


1981- Face Value
1982- Hello, I Must Be Going!
1985- No Jacket Required
1989- ...But Seriously
1993- Both Sides
1996- Dance Into the Light
1999-Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
2002- Testify


1985: – Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" (1984))
1986: – Album of the Year (No Jacket Required (1985))
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (No Jacket Required (1985))
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (No Jacket Required (1985)), together with Hugh Padgham
1989: – Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media ("Two Hearts" from Buster (1988)), together with Lamont Dozier
1991: – Record of the Year ("Another Day in Paradise" (1989))
2000: – Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Tarzan Soundtrack (1999)), together with Mark Mancina