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Chris Martin is a British composer, musician and lead singer of the band Coldplay.
Christopher Anthony John Martin was born in Devon, England, to Anthony Martin, an accountant, and Alison, a music teacher. There he grew up with four younger siblings and was raised in the Catholic faith. Martin developed a great interest in music while still at school. During this time he founded his first band “The Rocking Honkies”. After school, Martin studied Ancient History, Greek and Latin at University College, London. He also worked as a sign painter. In 1996 he met Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion at college, with whom he founded the successful band Coldplay shortly afterwards.
Chris Martin formed the band Coldplay with his college friends. He not only acts as the front singer of the band, but also plays the piano and guitar. Many of the band’s songs are penned by Chris Martin. The band had their breakthrough with their first album “Parachutes” in 2002. Other successful recordings of the band followed. The most famous hits from “Coldplay” are “Viva la Vida”, “Paradise”, “The Scientist” and “A Sky Full of Stars”. Martin also composes for other performers such as the band The Streets and singer Avicii. He also supported the American rapper Jay-Z in his comeback and composed some hip-hop songs with him.
The first album “Parachutes” was enormously successful commercially and was also highly praised by music critics. The album stayed in the UK top ten charts for 33 weeks. In 2001, Coldplay received the prestigious Grammy Award for best album for alternative music. This was followed by records like “X+Y” and “Mylo Xyloto” which not only made the charts in the UK but in many other countries around the world. “Coldplay” has sold 85 million records so far, making Chris Martin one of the most successful musicians in Great Britain. In 2016, “Coldplay” was honored to perform on the popular Superbowl halftime show. Shortly thereafter, the band went on a world tour and performed on five continents: the 114 concerts were all sold out.
“Life is beautiful in all its colors, even the dark ones, because they are there for a reason.”
“Coldplay fans are the best in the world. If you like Coldplay then you’re obviously very intelligent and you’re good looking and all round brilliant.”
“To be absolutely honest, I’m so lucky to be alive every day.”
“Records sold don’t really mean anything. For us, the pressure is the idea of a 15-year-old kid in Cincinnati buying our album and not feeling like he wasted his pocket money.”
“I often dream of other musicians. But they’re not interested in hanging out with us. It’s like being in school where the big boys don’t want to play with you.”
“I’m just an ordinary schoolboy. I have a degree. I come from a middle class family in Devon. I have no history.”
“If a few companies were less greedy, the people below would have a lot more.”
“I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t smoke.”
From 2003 to 2016, Chris Martin was married to Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The marriage produced two children. The musician is socially committed. He supports Oxfam – a development aid organization -, the campaign “Make-Poverty-History” which works against poverty and is committed to buying fair trade products. Rather unusual for a rock band: Martin and his bandmates speak out against drugs. According to the band’s rules, drug use leads to exclusion from the band. According to his own statements, he draws his energy from yoga, surfing and a predominantly vegetarian diet.