September 14, 1976 [|
London, England, UK
|Origin||Wiltshire, The West, England, UK|
|Genres||Progressive rock, pop, electronic|
|Occupations||Recording artist, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, piano, guitar|
|Labels||Inside Out, Lightyears|
|Associated acts||Sound of Contact, Steve Hackett, Genesis|
Simon Philip N. Collins (born September 14, 1976) is a British-Canadian musician and drummer/lead vocalist of the progressive rock band, Sound of Contact. Collins is the son of English drummer and singer Phil Collins and Collins' first wife, Andrea Bertorelli. Reviewers have compared his vocals to his father's.
Born in London, England, Collins moved to Vancouver, British Columbia when he was eight years old. He first became involved with music when he was six after his father purchased for him a Tama drum kit. Collins would practice drumming by playing to the music albums in his parents' record collection as well as when accompanying his father while on tour with Genesis. Collins' experiences on tour allowed him to be mentored by his father and by the band's touring drummer, Chester Thompson. Though he had a percussion instructor when he was ten, Collins preferred drumming to artists such as Stewart Copeland, Gavin Harrison, and Keith Moon over his formal lessons in jazz drumming.
In his early teens, Collins learned to play the piano and began to develop his songwriting and singing abilities. While he exclusively played drums in numerous hard rock bands, Collins wanted to pursue singing, songwriting, and a more diverse selection of music styles, including pop, progressive rock, and electronica.
Solo career and collaborations
Following the recording and release of demo tapes in 2000, Collins was contacted and signed by Warner Music. Shortly thereafter, Collins moved from Vancouver to Frankfurt, Germany, where his debut album All of Who You Are was released. The album sold 100,000 copies in Germany with three singles released: "Pride", "Money Maker" and "Shine Through". The album's success has been attributed to the success of his debut single, "Pride." Collins co-wrote the second single, "Shine Through", with Howard Jones.
In 2003, Collins ended his relationship with Warner Music and returned to Vancouver to start his own record label, Lightyears Music. Two years later, Collins and Lightyears released his second album, Time for Truth. Collins played a variety of instruments on the album in addition to providing the majority of the vocals. In 2007, he recorded a cover of Genesis' Abacab track "Keep It Dark", with keyboardist and co-producer Dave Kerzner, as a tribute to Genesis. During production of "Keep it Dark", Collins met Kevin Churko, who mixed and mastered the recording, leading Collins to collaborate with Churko on the production of his third album, U-Catastrophe.
U-Catastrophe, was released in August 2008 on iTunes, becoming his first North American record. The album's first single, "Unconditional", debuted on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart at #30 on September 4, 2008, and peaked at #12 on this chart in November 2008. The single also reached the Canadian Hot 100 the same month. The album featured Kerzner, Kelly Nordstrom, Steve Hackett on "Fast Forward the Future" and Phil Collins on "The Big Bang".
Sound of Contact
In late 2009, Collins approached Kerzner with the idea of forming a new band. Subsequently, the pair contacted their colleagues and writing partners Matt Dorsey and Kelly Nordstrom, and the four began work on a new project at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver. In December 2012, the band announced their band identity, Sound of Contact, with Collins on lead vocals and drums, Kerzner on keyboards, Dorsey on bass and Nordstrom on guitar. Prior to that, in early 2012, Collins participated with Kerzner in the recording of Steve Hackett's Genesis tribute album, Genesis Revisited II, contributing vocals and keyboard to a cover of "Supper's Ready." Sound of Contact's debut album, Dimensionaut, was released in May 2013, co-produced by Collins and Kerzner.
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1999||"Pride"||41||—||All of Who You Are|
|2005||"Man on TV"||—||—||Time for Truth|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
Sound of Contact
- 2013: Dimensionaut
With other artists
- Simon Collins' Grand Entrance: On his music, his famous dad and coming out. Xtra. Retrieved November 7, 2008
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- Bio | Simon Collins Official Website. SimonCollins.com. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
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- Sound of Contact biography. Sound of Contact. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- Steve Hackett, 'Genesis Revisited II' - Album Premiere. Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Sound of Contact Signs With InsideOut. Prog Rock Magazine. Retrieved 28 April 2013.