Chris Martin is the front man of Coldplay, performing vocals, rhythm guitar and piano. Coldplay’s debut album, 'Parachutes', sold five million copies, won a clutch of NME and Q awards, two Brits and a Grammy for Best Alternative Album.
Martin, the son of an accountant and a teacher, was educated at Sherbourne School in Devon, then at University College London, where he read Ancient World Studies. Martin met Will Champion, Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland in the first few weeks at university in the mid-1990s. They became friends and Martin began writing songs with Jonny. Guy liked what he heard and got involved on the bass, and Will set to learning the drums. They were determined to be as good as possible and practiced at every opportunity.
In 1998, the band had a gig at the Manchester Festival 'In The City', they signed to the Fierce Panda label for the single 'Brothers and Sisters', and then made a deal with Parlophone.
Despite their fame, Coldplay remain fiercely independent and insist on controlling every element of their music and its production. They oversee the artwork, the videos and refuse to have their music used on adverts or films.
The band agrees it has a responsibility to make people aware of international injustice. Martin went to Haiti and The Dominican Republic in 2003, to support Oxfam’s campaign to change the rules of world trade. Martin also performed at the launch of the Fair Trade Campaign in Trafalgar Square.
Martin married Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003, and their first child, Apple, was born in the summer of 2004. In April 2006, Gwyneth gave birth to a baby boy in Los Angeles. The couple named the child Moses. In March 2014, they announced their seperation - or 'conscious uncoupling' as they termed it.