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Phil Collins (born January 30, 1951) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the drummer for Genesis and as a successful solo artist. Collins has won seven Grammys, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar over his long career.

Collins joined Genesis before the sessions for their third album, Nursery Cryme. At first, he was only the drummer, but became lead vocalist for the band after Peter Gabriel's departure. Collins is credited with transforming Genesis from a prog band to a pop band, and his time as lead singer was the most commercially successful era for the band.

Collins has also had a tremendously successful solo career, selling 33 million records in the US alone with one diamond album (No Jacket Required) there. His biggest hits include "In the Air Tonight," "Sussudio," "One More Night," and "Another Day in Paradise." He also composed the songs for the Disney animated films Tarzan and Brother Bear, as well as three for Buster, in which he also starred.

Outside of music, Collins is a supporter of animal rights and PETA, and donates to the Prince's Trust charity, resulting in his appointment to a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

He is also the father of actress Lily Collins whose credits include The Blind Side and Mirror Mirror.


Phil Collins and his music provide examples of these tropes:

  1. if we don't recognize what makes us alike, and focus on what makes us different, "we may never ever reach the other side