Chris Martin

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Christopher Anthony John Martin (born 2 March 1977) is the English lead singer, pianist, and occasional rhythm guitarist of the popular rock band Coldplay. He has a baritone voice and is known for his frequent use of falsetto. He is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Martin attended Sherborne School, a boys’ independent school in Dorset, and is a First Class honours graduate of University College London where he captained the 2nd XI Hockey Team.

As a solo artist, Martin has written songs for a variety of acts including Embrace (“Gravity”) and Jamelia (“See It in a Boy’s Eyes”). Martin has also collaborated with Ron Sexsmith, Faultline, The Streets, and Ian McCulloch. He also sang a part of the vocals for the Band Aid 20 single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” at the end of 2004. In 2005, Martin collaborated with Nelly Furtado on the track “All Good Things (Come to an End)”, for her 2006 album, Loose. The two were once rumoured to be a couple, after they both performed at Glastonbury in 2002. Furtado joked about the situation, saying that “Yeah, he’s my boyfriend — he just doesn’t know it yet”.

Martin’s fascination with hip hop was shown in the summer of 2006 when he collaborated with rapper Jay-Z for the rapper’s comeback album Kingdom Come after the two met earlier in the year. Martin put some chords together for a song known as “Beach Chair” and sent them to Jay-Z who enlisted the help of hip hop producer Dr. Dre to add the drum line to complete the track. The song was performed on 27 September 2006 by the two during Jay-Z’s European tour at Royal Albert Hall. In 2007, Martin appeared on a track titled “Part of the Plan” for Swizz Beatz’ debut solo album One Man Band Man. Martin has also worked on a solo collaboration with Kanye West, with whom he shared an impromptu jam session during a 2006 concert at Abbey Road Studios. He performed the chorus on “Homecoming”, the fifth single from West’s Grammy Award-winning third album, Graduation.

One of the bands that Martin credits with the heaviest influence on him as a musician is Norwegian pop-band A-ha. One song in particular has stayed in Martin’s mind, as the following quote says: “As a 12 year old, “Hunting High and Low” was always in my head, and A-ha still continues to be an important band to me.” In 2005 Martin said “I was in Amsterdam the other day and I put on the album Hunting High and Low. I remembered right there and then how much I loved that album. It’s just unbelievable songwriting.” He has also been known to copy the style of A-ha vocalist Morten Harket: “It was the way Morten Harket used to have different things on his wrists. I do it myself, still. He is the most disarming and beautiful man you’ll ever meet.”

U2 has been another important influence on Martin both musically and politically, he wrote for Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time the section on U2, saying: “I don’t buy weekend tickets to Ireland and hang out in front of their gates, but U2 are the only band whose entire catalog I know by heart. The first song on The Unforgettable Fire, “A Sort of Homecoming”, I know backward and forward — it’s so rousing, brilliant and beautiful. It’s one of the first songs I played to my unborn baby.” Martin also comments on Bono’s effect on his own charity and political efforts.

Martin and Coldplay guitarist Jon Buckland made cameo appearances in the film Shaun of the Dead as supporters of the fictional charity ZombAid. Martin has a second cameo in this film as a Zombie. In 2006 Martin had a cameo role in the second series episode four of the Ricky Gervais- and Stephen Merchant-created comedy Extras. Martin also played one gig with the legendary “Sid James Experience”

Martin has been particularly outspoken on issues of fair trade and has done a great deal of campaigning for the charity Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign. He personally traveled to Ghana and Haiti to study the effects of unfair trade practices. When performing, he usually has variations of “Make Trade Fair”, “MTF” or an equal sign written on the back of his left hand and the letters “MTF” can be seen emblazoned on his piano.

He was a vocal critic of President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Martin was a strong supporter of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, most notably during his acceptance speech for the 2004 Grammy Awards Record of the Year, accepting for “Clocks”.

On 4 July 2006, Chris was an actor featured in Johnny Cash’s music video for “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”.

Martin married American actress Gwyneth Paltrow on 5 December 2003. Their daughter, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, was born on 14 May 2004 in London. Their second child, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, was born on 8 April 2006 in New York City. Simon Pegg is one of Apple’s godfathers Pegg is a close friend of Martin, and also of Paltrow following Martin’s appearance in Shaun of the Dead starring Pegg. Their children’s other godfather is bandmate Jonny Buckland. Martin is a pescatarian. Source:Wikipedia

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