Christopher Anthony is a fictional character. Chris Martin, the co-founder and brilliant member of the alternative rock band ‘Coldplay,’ is better known to his followers as John Martin. He sings and plays the rhythm guitar, harmonica, keyboard, and piano in addition to singing. He grew up to be a music lover and founded his first band in prep school, the son of a music teacher. He met and teamed with aspiring musician Jonny Buckland to form the alternative rock band ‘Coldplay’ during his university days. The band’s debut album, ‘Parachutes,’ was a major sensation, receiving the ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best Alternative Music Album’ in 2002. It was also a huge commercial success, launching the debutants’ careers in the music industry. Over the years, the band released a slew of more hit albums. Martin has also worked as a solo artist, penning songs such as “Gravity” and “See It in a Boy’s Eyes.” He enjoys hip-hop as well as alternative music, and he collaborated with Jay-Z on his comeback album, ‘Kingdom Come.’ He has also collaborated with artists like as Swizz Beatz and Kayne West. Martin cited the Scottish rock band ‘Travis’ as a key influence, claiming that he was inspired by them before forming his own band.
Childhood and Adolescence
Chris Martin was born on March 2, 1977, in Whitestone, England, to Anthony Martin, an accountant, and Alison Martin, a music teacher. He has four younger brothers and sisters.
He grew up as the son of a music instructor, therefore music was always dear to his heart. He went to the preparatory ‘Exeter Cathedral School,’ where he created his first music band, which was met with disapproval by his peers.
He attended to ‘Sherborne School’ in Dorset after prep school, where he met Phil Harvey, who would later become his band’s manager.
He studied Ancient World Studies, Greek, and Latin at the ‘University College London.’ He received a First Class diploma. He met other ambitious musicians during university, including Jonny Buckland and Will Champion.
Career of Chris Martin
He started an alternative rock band called ‘Starfish’ with his friend Jonny Buckland and other undergraduate friends Will Champion and Guy Berryman. The band’s name was then changed to ‘Coldplay.’
‘Parachutes,’ the band’s debut album, was released in 2000. It was an instant success. Singles like ‘Shiver,’ ‘Trouble,’ and ‘Yellow’ were included. The album reached multi-platinum in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.
In 2002, they published their second album, ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head.’ The album received positive reviews and was nominated for various national and international music awards.
Martin began his solo career in 2002, spurred on by the success of the band’s releases. He contributed vocals to records by Faultline, Ron Sexsmith, and Ian McCulloch, among others.
In 2004, he performed with the English band ‘Embrace’ on the song ‘Gravity,’ and with the charity group ‘Band Aid 20’ on the song ‘Do you Know It’s Christmas?’
Coldplay’s third album, ‘X&Y,’ was released in 2005 and includes the hit singles ‘Speed of Sound’ and ‘Clocks.’ The album was a financial success, with the words ‘new’ and ’emotional’ being used to describe it.
His solo career had a successful year in 2006. He worked with a number of well-known artists, including Nelly Furtado, Michael Stipe, and Jay-Z, and was included on several of their albums.
In 2007, he co-wrote lyrics, performed piano, and sang on the single ‘Homecoming’ from Kayne West’s album ‘Graduation.’
‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends,’ his band’s fourth studio album, was released in 2008. This album was different from the others in that it had a variety of musical styles such as tribal music and honky-tonk piano.
The band’s fifth album, ‘Mylo Xyloto,’ was published in 2011. According to Martin, it was a concept album “based on a love story with a happy ending.” The album garnered overwhelmingly excellent feedback.
‘Parlophone’ published the band’s sixth album, ‘Ghost Stories,’ on May 16, 2014. ‘Magic,’ ‘A Sky Full of Stars,’ and ‘Midnight’ were among the singles. The next year, they published ‘A Head Full of Dreams,’ which included popular singles such as ‘Hymn for the Weekend,’ ‘Up & Up,’ and ‘Adventure of a Lifetime.’
‘Everyday Life,’ their eighth studio album, was released in 2019.
He’s also made cameo appearances in movies and television shows.
Major Projects of Chris Martin
Coldplay’s debut album, ‘Parachutes,’ was a smash hit in the United Kingdom, topping the charts. It also did well on the international stage. The record went multi-platinum in the United States after winning the Grammy Award for ‘Best Alternative Music Album.’
‘A Rush of Blood to the Head,’ released in 2002, was critically acclaimed and earned the band their second ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best Alternative Music Album.’ The album outsold its predecessor in terms of sales.
‘X&Y,’ Coldplay’s third album, was likewise a big smash. Critics praised the album, and it debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
Achievements & Awards
To date, his band ‘Coldplay’ has won seven ‘Grammy Awards.’ The ‘National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ presents the Grammy Awards every year for outstanding achievements in the music industry.
Three ‘Juno Awards’ have been given to Coldplay (2006, 2009, and 2017). The award is usually awarded to recognize Canadian musicians and bands.
The song ‘Viva La Vida’ from the album ‘Viva La Vida or Death and All of His Friends’ received the ‘Ivor Novella Award’ for ‘Best Selling British Song’ in 2009. In 2017, the song ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ received the award as well.
Personal History and Legacy
In 2003, he married actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow. They are the parents of two children. Paltrow filed for divorce in 2015, and it was completed in July 2016.
He is a strong supporter of Oxfam International’s ‘Make Trade Fair’ campaign, which aims to promote fair trade among governments, institutions, and corporations.
He began dating actress Dakota Johnson in October 2017.
Estimated Net Worth
Chris Martin has a net worth of $130 million dollars.
He is a non-smoker and does not drink alcohol.
He was dubbed the “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” by PETA in 2005, despite not being a vegetarian.
Simon Pegg, an actor and producer, is a buddy of his.