Chris Martin

Chris Martin
Martin performing with Coldplay in 2017
Christopher Anthony John Martin[1]

(1977-03-02) 2 March 1977 (age 44)
Exeter, Devon, England
EducationExeter Cathedral School
Sherborne School
Alma materUniversity College London (BA)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • producer
  • philanthropist
Years active1996–present
(m. 2003; div. 2016)
Partner(s)Dakota Johnson (2017-present)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • harmonica
Associated acts

Christopher Anthony John Martin[2] (born 2 March 1977)[3] is an English singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the lead vocalist, pianist, and co-founder of the alternative rock band Coldplay. Born in Exeter, Devon, Martin went to University College London, where he formed the band Starfish with Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion, which was eventually renamed Coldplay in 1998.

Martin, along with the other members of Coldplay, achieved worldwide fame with the release of the band's song "Yellow" in 2000, a track that also earned the band their first Grammy Award nomination in the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The group then received accolades for their subsequent albums including A Rush of Blood to the Head and Viva la Vida, winning a Grammy Award for both and a Brit Award for the former. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making Coldplay one of the world's best-selling music artists.[4][5] Martin appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom.[6]

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