8 Singers Who Quit The Music Industry
Musicians have a very demanding career that requires a lot of time in the studio, press tours, a lot of travel and performances around the world. As a result, it’s not uncommon for artists to take breaks throughout their career. While some breaks are short, others last years! There are many artists who’ve made the decision to either take a step back from Hollywood or quit all together and go into early retirement. Here’s a look at 8 singers who quit Hollywood!
8. Phil Collins
British rocker Phil Collins is best known as the drummer and lead singer of the band Genesis. He’s also a songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer and actor. He’s a global artist with three UK and seven US No. 1 singles in his solo career and eight successful studio albums under his belt, making him one of the best selling artists in the world. Collins was forced into early retirement because of health issues. He lost a significant amount of hearing in his left ear and had a dislocated vertebra in his neck and nerve damage in his hands making it impossible for him to hold an instrument. In an interview with the Telegraph in 2011, Collins announced he was quitting music and that “no one will miss me.” His retirement only lasted a few years because in October 2015, he announced he was no longer retired, and would be heading out on tour and writing a new album.
7. Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens is a popular British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He’s released several successful albums, but is well known for penning the hit song “The First Cut Is The Deepest” as well as “Father and Son,” “Wild World,” “Moonshadow,” and “Peace Train.” After a short, but extremely successful career he converted to Islam in 1977, adopted the name Yusuf Islam and auctioned all his guitars off to charity and left his music career in 1979. After a 28 year long break, he surprised everyone by coming back to the music world in 2006 when he released the pop album An Other Cup. He’s since released two more albums, went of his first US tour in nearly 30 years and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.