Simon Philip N. Collins (born September 14, 1976) is a British-Canadian musician. He is the son of English drummer and singer Phil Collins and his first wife Andrea Bertorelli.

Early years

Collins was born in Hammersmith, London, England, but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. As early as the age of 5 he taught himself how to play drums and by 14 Simon was drumming in various bands in and around Vancouver. He found the time to teach himself how to play the piano and later also the guitar. He has been writing and composing his own music since he was a teenager.

Music career

1999-2001: All of Who You Are:

In 2000, he moved from his home in Vancouver, Canada to Germany, where his debut album All of Who You Are was released. The album sold 100,000 copies there, and three singles were released: "Pride", "Money Maker" and "Shine Through". The song "Pride" charted all over eastern and western Europe. Collins co-wrote the second single, "Shine Through", with Howard Jones.

2005-2007: Time for Truth and Genesis cover:

In 2005 Collins released his second album, Time for Truth. For this album, the singer played a variety of instruments, including drums and keyboards, in addition to providing the majority of the vocals. The album shows an awareness for the environment and personal development; Collins was quoted describing the record as one that "definitely reflects the state of the world at this point for me ecologically, politically, and spiritually as well."

In 2007, he recorded a cover of the Genesis, Abacab track "Keep It Dark" as a tribute to his father's band with keyboardist and co-producer Dave Kerzner (Kevin Gilbert's Thud, Giraffe). During production, he met Kevin Churko, who mixed and mastered the recording. This led Collins to collaborate with Churko on the production of Simon's next album, U-Catastrophe.

2008-2009: U-Catastrophe:

His U.S. debut album (and third album to date), titled U-Catastrophe, was released in August 2008 on iTunes and became available in stores the following month. Collins has followed in his father's footsteps with the first single, "Unconditional", reaching the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The song peaked at #12 on this chart in November 2008. It also reached the Canadian Hot 100 the same month. The album features Dave Kerzner, Kelly Nordstrom, Steve Hackett on "Fast Forward the Future" and Simon's father Phil Collins on the song "The Big Bang".