Legal name: Phillip David Charles Collins
Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951), is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, actor, and author. 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. Collins is among the best-selling music artists of all time with 33.5 million RIAA-certified albums sold in the US and an estimated 150 million worldwide. He is one of three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band. AllMusic calls Collins "one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond".
After drama school training and various roles as a child actor, Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group's drummer. He became their lead singer in 1975 following the departure of Peter Gabriel. He launched a solo career in 1981, heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, which brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. His solo singles were sometimes about lost love and often featured his distinctive gated reverb drum sound. His best-selling singles include "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds", "Sussudio" and "Another Day in Paradise". After achieving fame as a solo artist, Collins also accepted occasional acting roles again. His music has earned him seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999 and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Genesis) in 2010 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012.
During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1983 and 1990, Collins had three UK number-one singles and seven number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as a US number one with Genesis in 1986. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more US top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s. In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists". Although one of the world's best-selling recording artists and a highly respected drummer, Collins has divided critical opinion among music journalists and received praise and criticism from fellow artists. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life, but continued to write songs. He announced his return to the music industry in 2015.