Phil Collins
(10.06.12)

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While other major artists trudge painfully through a handful of over promoted releases each decade; this drummer/actor/singer/producer has been constantly active in all manner of contradictory and unlikely projects. His history with Genesis is well documented from their art-house beginnings to multi-platinum status as the band grew up, lost Steve Hackett and then Peter Gabriel and ended up making videos with tongues firmly in their cheeks. Collins launched his solo career twenty nine years ago with "Face Value" ('81), followed by "Hello, I Must Be Going" ('82), "No Jacket Required" ('85), "…But Seriously" ('89), "Both Sides" ('93), "Dance Into The Light" ('96) and "Testify" ('02) picking up numerous awards including 7 Grammy's, 2 Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe for "Two Hearts". After leaving Genesis in 1996 he released a "Hits" album in 1998. Between Phil's solo and Genesis recordings and excluding his other activities, Phil has sold over 200 million records.

His love of jazz inspired an early side-project when he co-founded the jazz-fusion band "Brand X" in 1975, an association which lasted seven years and produced several albums. In the last few years he has formed his own "Big Band", with the first tour featuring Tony Bennett and Qunicy Jones and the second with Oleta Adams and Gerald Albright as guests. A live CD "A Hot Night In Paris" was released in 1999.

Phil Collins released his most recent album, 'Going Back', in September 2010. The project, his first new studio album in eight years, is a personal labour of love that finds him recreating the soul gems that played such an influential role in his musical life.

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  • In March 2010, Genesis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
  • In June 2010 Phil was awarded the prestigious Johnny Mercer award

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