Who is Nicholas Collins?
Nicholas Collins is an English celebrity drummer, probably best known to the world as the son of English musician Phil Collins, but Nicholas is building a career on his own, and plays drums in the band Better Strangers.
Nicholas Collins Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Nicholas was born on 21 April 2001 under the Gemini zodiac sign, in Begnins, Switzerland. He is the son of Phil Collins and his third wife, Orianne Cevey, who was Phil’s translator. His parents met in 1994 when Orianne was 22 years old, and the two married in 1999. They were married until 2006, and Phil paid £25 million to Cevey, which became the largest divorce settlement in a British celebrity divorce. While married, the couple welcomed a second son, Matthew, born in 2006.
Nicholas has an older half-brother, Simon Collins, born in 1976, a singer and drummer of the band Sound of Contact from his father’s marriage to Andrea Bertorelli, and a half-sister Lily Collins, born in 1989, who is now an actress, from his father’s marriage with Jill Tavelman.
After the divorce, Nicholas his mother and his brother moved to Miami, Florida, where he spent most of his childhood. He finished a local private high school in Miami, and hasn’t enrolled at any university since matriculation.
Nicholas took an interest in music at a young age, and followed in his father’s footsteps. He started learning to play drums at an early age, and his musical aspirations only grew as he got older.
He joined his father’s band Genesis in 2020 as a touring member behind the drums, and performed with the band in Europe and North America in the last two years.
He has also been a member of the rock band Better Strangers, which consists of Yang Waingarte on bass, Joey Rodriguez as the lead guitarist, and singer deCasa.
The band’s history traces back to January 2015, when Collins and his childhood friend Yang Waingarten started the band named Fifty Eight Hundred. At first, they were playing covers, but after a few line-up changes, they began playing at various festival venues, including Sion Festival, Okeechobee Music, and Arts Festival among others.
Once deCasa joined the band in early 2020, they started making their own music, and since then have released singles “Lies”, “Slow Fade (Warm It Up)”, and “Change”.
As of mid- 2022, Nicholas Collins’ net worth has been estimated to be around $1 million, earned through his career as a musician.
Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Single?
When it comes to his personal life, Nicholas is relatively silent. However, as his popularity increased in the last couple of years, details about his personal life began surfacing.
According to sources, he is in a relationship with a girl named Isabella Christina Serralles. The two have been together for a few years now, as they are high school sweethearts.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The prominent drummer has brown hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.73m), weighs approximately 137lbs (62kgs), with vital statistics of 40-28-36, and his biceps is 14.
Nicholas Collins Father, Phil Collins Biography
Born Philip David Charles Collins on 30 January 1951, in London, England, he’s the son of Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent, and Winifred June Collins, who was a booking agent at the Barbara Speake Stage School.
The youngest of three children. Phil was the only one who showed an interest in music, and at the age of five, he was given his first toy drum kit.
His interest increased as he got older, and he started practicing by playing along to music on the TV and radio. At seven years old, Phil entered a talent contest in which he sang “The Ballad of Davy Crocket” – during the performance, he stopped singing and told the orchestra that they weren’t playing the right tune.
He studied under Frank King and Lloyd Ryan, which he now considers the most helpful lessons he had regarding music. However, he never learned to read or write musical notation, but has created his own system.
Before pursuing music, Phil auditioned for a number of acting roles but without any major success, and soon turned to music full-time.
He toured the country with the Cliff Charles Blues Band, and later joined The Gladiators. With Ronnie Caryl, he joined John Walker’s backing band and went on a European tour. The band stayed together after the tour, changing the name to Flaming Youth and signing a record deal with Fontana Records.
Before they split, Flaming Youth released the concept album “Ark 2” in 1969. The following year, Phil auditioned for a drumming spot in the rock band Genesis, and was eventually accepted.
The first album on which he worked as a full-time member of Genesis was “Nursery Cryme” released in 1971, but the first few albums with the band were unsuccessful until Collins took over the lead vocals after Peter Gabriel left the band in the mid-’70s.
The first major success was the album “A Trick of the Tail” in 1976, followed by albums “Wind & Wuthering” also in 1976, then “…And Then There Were Three…” (1978), and “Duke” (1980), which became the band’s first No. 1 album.
Genesis and Phil Collins enjoyed success throughout the ’80s, as they released three other No. 1 albums, including “Abacab” (1981), then “Genesis” (1983), and “Invisible Touch” (1986), while their most successful album, “We Can’t Dance” came out in 1991, achieving multiple platinum certifications in several countries, including the UK and USA.
Collins left the band in 1996, but has been there for Genesis reunion tours in 2006 and 2020.
He has also enjoyed a prolific career as a solo artist, releasing eight studio albums, including his debut “Face Value” (1981) which topped the UK charts, followed by “No Jacket Required” (1985), which achieved diamond status in the US, then “…But Seriously” (1989), “Dance into the Light” (1996), and “Going Back” (2010), among other releases.
Some of his most popular songs include “In the Air Tonight”, “Easy Lover”, “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”, “Another Day in Paradise”, among many others.
He has been experiencing problems with his health in recent years, which includes type 2 diabetes and its complications, while he’s also been dealt with an undiagnosed nerve problem, which has affected his ability to play drums.
To make things worse, he has admitted to having battled depressive thoughts, and contemplated suicide, but has prevailed thanks largely to his love for his children.
According to sources, Phil Collins is the second wealthiest drummer with a net worth of $300 million – the only drummer richer than him is the legendary Ringo Starr.