He is most known to the general public for his role as lead singer of the band Coldplay. Coldplay is one of the bands that has had the most success commercially, as evidenced by the fact that they have sold more than 100 million records. Additionally, the band has seven Grammy Awards to its name.
In the Beginning
Christopher Anthony John Martin was born on March 2, 1977 in the city of Exeter, which is located in the county of Devon, England. Chris is the oldest of his family’s five children. His mother, Alison, is a music teacher, and his father, Anthony, is a retired accountant. Chris is the oldest of his siblings.
His father sold the business in 1999; Chris’ paternal grandfather, who was a High Sheriff and served as Mayor of Exeter in 1968, established the business in 1929. The Martin family held a motorhome and caravan retail business until his father sold it in 1999.
Martin went to school at both the Hylton School and the Exeter Cathedral School, where he participated in the cricket program and founded the band known as The Rocking Honkies.
It was at the Sherborne School in Dorset, from where he graduated, that he first made the acquaintance of Phil Harvey, who would go on to become Coldplay’s manager. Chris acquired a degree in Ancient World Studies from University College London, where he also received first-class honors in Greek and Latin. It was there that he met Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Guy Berryman, who would later become bandmates with him in Coldplay.
In 1996, Martin, Buckland, Champion, and Berryman came together to form Coldplay, which was at first known as Pectoralz and afterwards as Starfish. They published their first studio album under the name “Parachutes” in the year 2000. The album contained the single “Yellow,” which made its debut at position #4 on the music charts in the UK. Between the years 2002 and 2019, the band released seven further albums, the most notable of which are “A Rush of Blood to the Head” and “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.”
Chris also attempted a career as a solo artist, during which he worked with notable musicians such as Jay-Z, Nelly Furtado, and Kanye West. Martin has been honored with a number of accolades for his work with Coldplay, including seven Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, nine Brit Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, and three World Music Awards.
Hits including “Viva La Vida,” “Fix You,” and “The Scientist” were produced by the band. “Clocks” was another smash. In 2016, Coldplay performed at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, bringing on special guests Beyoncé and Bruno Mars; the performance was ranked #13 on “Rolling Stone” magazine’s 2020 list of the best Super Bowl halftime shows. Coldplay’s performance was ranked #13 on “Rolling Stone’s” list of the best Super Bowl halftime shows.
Martin has portrayed himself in a number of movies and television shows, some of which include “Brüno,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Extras,” “Modern Family,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “The Simpsons.” In addition, he has performed seven times on “Saturday Night Live,” the first time as a solo artist in the premiere episode of “Saturday Night Live at Home” in 2020.
His previous appearances on “Saturday Night Live” were with Coldplay in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2019. Martin also had an appearance in the documentary “Coldplay Live 2012,” which was released in 2012 and covered the band’s “Mylo Xyloto Tour,” as well as the documentary “Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams,” which was released in 2018 and detailed the band’s history. Before being made accessible on DVD, premium cable, or streaming platforms, both movies were only shown in theaters for one day.
Royalties Owed to Coldplay
Chris has made the decision to share equally in all copyright credits with his bandmates despite the fact that he is the lead songwriter for the band. Because of this ruling, his bandmates have been able to collect tens of millions of dollars in royalties that they otherwise would not have been eligible for.
The couple tied the knot on December 5, 2003. Gwyneth Paltrow is an actress. In May of 2004, they became parents to a daughter named Apple, and in April of 2006, they welcomed a son named Moses. Shortly after the passing of her father, Bruce, in 2002, Paltrow met Martin at a concert performed by Coldplay. Chris assisted her in coping with her loss and became a close friend. Chris was motivated to compose the song “Fix You” for Gwyneth as a result of the event.
He also wrote the songs “Swallowed in the Sea” and “Moses” for her. After ten years of marriage, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made the announcement in March 2014 that they were “consciously uncoupling.” Their divorce was formalized in July of the following year. Between the years 2014 and 2015, Martin was in a relationship with the actress Jennifer Lawrence. In October of 2017, he started dating the actress Dakota Johnson.
After his breakup with Paltrow in 2005, Chris gave up his vegetarian lifestyle, despite having been recognized by PETA as the sexiest vegetarian in the world at the time. Martin has been treated for sleeplessness and has disclosed that even when he is able to get some sleep, he frequently has nightmares about his band. Martin has had counseling for sleep disorders.
Martin has a strong commitment to a variety of charity causes and organizations, including the Love Button Movement, Amnesty International, Mercy Corps, and many others. Since the year 2000, Coldplay has been giving ten percent of its earnings to various charitable organizations. Additionally, the band has participated in and sponsored other charity shows.
Chris is an outspoken advocate for the fair trade movement, and he has visited Mexico, Haiti, and Ghana with Oxfam in order to speak with farmers on the topic of fair trade. Martin has served as the artistic director of the Global Citizen Festival since 2015. This festival is dedicated to finding solutions to the problem of extreme global poverty.
In addition to that, he has been serving as an Innocence Ambassador for the Artists’ Committee of the Innocence Project since 2016, a duty that he took on. Chris gave a performance at the “12 12 12 Concert” in 2012, which was a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Two years later, in 2014, he recorded a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for Band Aid 30, along with Bono, One Direction, Sinéad O’Connor, and many other artists.
Martin and Paltrow purchased a home in Malibu at a price of $14 million in the year 2014. In addition, they had properties located in London, Brentwood, and the Hamptons, as well as a penthouse in Tribeca, which they had purchased for $5.1 million in the year 2007.
In 2016, Chris received $12 million for the sale of his property in Mandeville Canyon. In 2013, he paid $6.75 million to purchase the home that was 7,700 square feet in size. In 2018, he spent $4.45 million to purchase a 6.5-acre property in Malibu Park that is home to the 99-seat Malibu Playhouse, and he spent $3.7 million to purchase a ranch house in Malibu Park that is 3,000 square feet. In 2019, Martin also purchased a beach property in Malibu for the price of $5.48 million.
Chris put the Malibu Playhouse up for sale in July of 2020 for a price that was just less than $5.5 million.
Singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer Chris Martin hails from the United Kingdom and has amassed a net worth of $130 million dollars.