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Chris Martin Biography

Last updated: 07/16/2012 12:00:00 PM

Musician. Born Christopher Anthony John Martin on March 2, 1977 in Devon, England. The son of a teacher and an accountant, Martin attended University College London where he met Will Champion, Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland who would go on to form the band Coldplay. With Martin as lead singer, rhythm guitarist and pianist, Coldplay's debut album, Parachutes, sold 5 million copies and won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album. In 2004, the band won another Grammy for Record of the Year for Clocks.

Despite the fame, Coldplay has very strict policies about its work, retaining total control over all production aspects and refusing to have the music used in advertisements or films. Martin also has a social agenda, campaigning for fair trade in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and contributing to Band Aid 20.

Martin married actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003. They have two children together, Their daughter, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, and son, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin.