Genesis Legacy is a celebration show band unlike any other. Genesis is a super group that featured 4 pillars of British Rock, Pop and Progressive Rock that set the careers for Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett. Steve and Peter went on to launch successful Solo careers, but neither were as stratospheric as Phil Collins himself - giving us some of the best loved pop music ever produced. Mike Rutherford's side project, Mike and the Mechanics, was formed with Paul Carrack and Paul Young (not that one!) and gave us such hits as "In the Living Years" and "Over my shoulder".
Genesis Legacy brings the biggest songs from those 5 connected super-acts into an explosive shows performed by super-fans of these artists with an attention to detail and affection for the music that's rarely found in a tributing show today.
Genesis Legacy will be packing out music venues and theatres across the UK, and is also available for private events and public festivals.
Chris Hayward - Lead Vocals Chris Hayward is a professional Vocalist / Drummer who is based in the South East. Originally from the Midlands he began his musical career playing drums from the age of 11 and, at 13, he was performing in clubs all over the midlands as a Drummer.
While playing keyboards in rock bands he found his singing voice and after moving to Brighton he started performing as a lead Vocalist.
A few years back, he completed a 2 year tour of theatres all over the UK and Europe which combined his 2 passions - singing & Genesis - fronting the “And Finally…Phil Collins” touring show.
As the UK’s leading tribute to Phil Collins and Genesis he remembers the first time he heard Genesis, it was Turn it on Again from Three Sides Live. That stuck with him for life.
Audiences have often commented how much Chris’s tone and technique resembles that of the man himself and how if they shut their eyes Phil was in the room.
Alistair Begg - Bass
Alistair Begg is a formidable and versatile talent, since graduating from BASSTECH in 1995 he has been making a living from playing and teaching bass in various bands in the South of England including Dire Straits UK and Run Gizmo Run with David. Alistair is one of the few Chapman Stick players in the world, joining the ranks of Tony Levin and Nick Beggs as formidable ‘stickists'.
He has played in Originals bands, Function bands, Tribute bands, Theme bands and countless depping situations, performing pop, funk, soul, rock, metal, prog, latin and jazz, plus a couple of genres best forgotten and at least one that was never named. He has played barns, boats, pubs, parties, clubs and cruises.
Alistair teaches Bass guitar at College and Degree level in Southampton, successfully guiding the next generation of young bass guitarists.
Find out more about Alistair at www.alistairbeggmusic.co.uk
Emily Cotton - Vocals, Keyboards and Guitar
Emily Cotton is one of those rare vocalists in the industry today, possessing may more talent and charisma than any one person should be allow to have.
She has a phenomenal voice and an infectious stage personality that will have Chris and the boys fighting her for your attention. Emily’s first musical training was with the violin at age 6. She went on to play in several Orchestras performing in many well known venues including the Bournemouth International Centre, Poole Lighthouse and The Royal Albert Hall.
Emily started focusing on her voice while studying at the University of Chichester and explored various styles including opera and folk.
She graduated with a first class Honours Degree in Music performance.
During her time at University Emily played the role of ‘Mary Magdalene’ in the show ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Marcellina’ in ‘The Marriage Of Figaro’ and played the leading role of ‘Little Voice’ in Ringwood Musical and Dramatic Society’s production of ‘The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice’, for which she won a Daily Echo award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’.
Emily then spent a few years gaining experience performing with function bands around the South and worked as a resident singer onboard P&O ferries and with Fred Olsen cruise lines.
Alongside her singing career, Emily has worked as a music assistant for multiple West End shows: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Gypsy and TINA - The Tina Turner Musical as well as the album Gypsy: 2015 London Cast Recording.
Emily currently works as a freelance vocalist, singing backing vocals for various Elvis tributes, Genesis Legacy and fronting two function bands.
Rick Benbow - Keys, Vocals. Musical Director
Rick Benbow is an outstanding veteran of the professional music industry. Following earning his Degree in Music, specialising in Composition, he has touring and production credits that include Jewel and Status Quo as well as a long and established history playing with almost every Pink Floyd tribute band in the English speaking world.
As a educated composer / arranger, Rick has also spent a significant amount of time leading music departments in Universities across the world and still teaches music today.
His musical ability and knowledge with keys and synths allows him to easily interpret the wonderful Tony Banks arrangements as well as replicating the iconic keyboard sounds that made songs like Abacab so memorable.
Daniel Peranic is a professional drummer based in London, UK.
Originally from Croatia, Daniel studied at Drumtech and received the coveted ‘Top Performer’ Award. He then started working with local London artists during which time he shared bills with Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran.
In 2011 he joined Flash Fiktion with whom he made an album released by Vinyl Junkie Recordings and published by Chrysalis BMG. The album was critically acclaimed by national mainstream media; The Sunday Times gave the band 'Single Of The Week' and NME rated the album 8/10, calling the songs "vivacious, glam crackers"! The album gained lots of support from BBC Radio 1 and XFM Radio which listed the album as one of the best British Debut Albums of 2012.
In 2014, Daniel worked with Tim Muddiman, Gary Numan’s long term guitarist on his debut album and live shows. Around this time he was also involved in music projects for fashion label Burberry and Gordon’s Gin.
In 2015, he played drums for Brandon Flowers of The Killers on his UK/EU tour for the number 1 album ‘The Desired Effect’.
He also performed in Hyde Park supporting The Killers, Elbow and Tears for Fears with Joel Stein’s Glassmaps.
He currently teaches, records and performs with various original acts as well as the tribute show Genesis Legacy.
David Knight - Lead Guitar
David’s been a full time musician since leaving College at the age of 18, playing for high-street brands and internationally in holiday hotels, as well as opening the Dingle Film Festival in Southern Ireland and Cannes Film Festival in France.
David has a 1st class honours degree in Performance Industries, is an educated and experienced recording engineer and is a certified Pro Tools Engineer and instructor for Avid.
He also runs and performs in dS:uK in tribute to Dire Straits, works as a full time musician and recording engineer producing local artists at White Room Studios in Southampton, writes books and plays weddings and corporate events across the UK with his band Run Gizmo Run.
Phil Collins is one of David's musical inspirations as a musician, producer and songwriter and it's a dream come true to perform the Genesis Legacy set on a weekly basis.
Find out more about Dave at www.davephillipsmusic.co.uk and follow him on Instagram by clicking his follow button below.
Gerald "Mully" Mulligan - Drums
Mully is a founder member of Genesis Legacy and, following a career change, is only able to play a very small number of shows each year with the band.
Mully is one of the most exciting rock drummers working in the industry today. He sets himself apart from all of the other working drummers with his distinctive feel and sound and is the perfect drummer to perform Phil Collins based songs.
Why? Because Phil Collins is Mully's Drumming Muse.
It's very easy to hear the Collins influence on Mully's drumming and he takes it to extremes with his Concert Tom setup Premier kit of the same vintage and stock that Collins used to record the Drums for "In the air tonight".
If any member of the band demonstrates that each member was handpicked to be in this band - it's Mully.