Chris Martin

Chris Martin


3/2/1977, Exeter, Devon, England

Birth Name

Christopher Martin



Also Known As

Lead Singer of Coldplay, Lead Singer of Coldplay
out of 10
User Rating
19 votes


Chris Anthony John Martin, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and pianist of the post-Britpop/alternative band Coldplay, was born on March 2nd, 1977, in Devon, England. Mother Alison was a teacher, whereas father Anthony was an accountant. Chris has four younger siblings. Chris formed his first band, The Rocking Honkies,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Chris Martin is a strong Democrat.

    • One of Chris Martin's role models, that has deeply influenced Coldplay's music is the 'king of pop', Michael Jackson. Chris attributes most of his falsettoesque singing to Michael's work.

    • Chris and fellow Coldplay band members refuse to let their music be used in both films and advertisements. The only time you'll hear them in an advertisement is when it's selling the latest Coldplay record.

    • On April 1st, 2006, the Guardian newspaper claimed that Chris Martin would be supporting the British Conservative Party leader David Cameron. The report included that Chris had written a new theme song for the party, called Talk To David. Eventually, the entire story was revealed to be an April Fool's hoax.

    • Chris Martin is a oral critic of President Bush, and the current war in the middle-east. During the 2004 Grammy Awards, Chris voiced his support of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. It was part of his acceptance speech for Coldplay's Record of the Year Clocks.

    • Chris strongly believes in 'Fair Trade'. Chris campaigns for it and has travelled to explore the issue further. While performing, Chris sometimes has an equals sign written on his hand.

    • Chris Martin is a vegetarian. He was named the World's Sexiest Vegetarian, along with Carrie Underwood.

    • Chris sang in Band Aid 20, along with Daniel Bedingfield, Dido, Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol, Robbie Williams, Thom Yorke, and others.

    • Chris Martin often uses his talent of singing in falsetto. This makes his singing voice sound higher than his regular, deeper tenor voice actually is.

    • Chris and fellow Coldplay guitarist Jon Buckland had cameo appearances in the film 'Shaun of the Dead', supporting the fictional charity Zombie Aid.

    • Chris Martin has musically collaborated with Ron Sexsmith, Faultline, The Streets, Ian McColloch, and Nelly Furtado. Chris plans on eventually collaborating with Kanye West.

    • Chris Martin has written songs for acts Embrace and Jamelia.

    • The second child of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow is named Moses Bruce Anthony Martin. Moses was born on April 9th 2006, in New York City.

    • Chris and Gywenth's first child is a daughter named Apple Blythe Alison Martin. She was born in May 2006.

  • Quotes

    • Chris Martin: (denying accusations Coldplay stole an idea from Joe Satriani for their song "Viva La Vida") When these things happen it's a coincidence and we're as surprised by it as anybody else. Oh, I know exactly where the song came from. It came in the middle of the night, on a piano. I just get embarrassed about having to talk about these things. I do feel a bit upset about it because I wrote the song. But, you know, these things happen. Whatever will be will be.

    • Chris Martin: People make a big fuss over names. Names of babies, names of albums, names of bands. There's nothing weird about calling your baby Chewbacca if that's what you want to call your baby. It's no stranger than Sarah. A name is just a noise, and if you like it, then f*** what everyone else says.

    • Chris Martin: I feel like you've got to write as many songs as you can between the ages of 28 and 33 because those are your last few years before you get a belly. I couldn't possibly write a hit record when I've got a beer belly, so we're just going to try to write as many songs as possible before that D-Day, or B-Day it should be - for Belly Day.

    • Chris Martin: We used to play in bathrooms, the basement, even in the park. Anywhere we could find to play.

    • Chris Martin: We wanted to be a reaction against soulless rubbish.

    • Chris Martin: We're trying to say that there is an alternative. That you can be catchy without being slick, poppy without being pop, and you can be uplifting without being pompous

    • Chris Martin: This (playing music) is better than doing coke off a hooker's back! Which we don't do!

    • Chris Martin: The only way I can work out how to make an album is to just live it and breathe it every day until it's finished.

    • Chris Martin: In my mind, when God made women, he did an amazing job. I think girls are just perfect.

  • ...but, please, shut your damn mouth a little.

    Before I begin, I'm a big Coldplay fan. They're not just any other favorite of mine--they actually got me into music last summer(When I heard "Speed of Sound" on the radio, which instantly swayed me to buy X&Y) after years of disdain towards a MTV-monopolized mainstream musical scene. It's thanks to them that I'm now into other bands such as U2, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, Travis, The White Stripes, The Verve and, of course, the almighty Radiohead.

    And there's much good I can say about the band's frontman Chris Martin. He has a great voice. He's a great pianist. He is very clean-cut, and almost never does drugs or drinks alcohol. He is active in many causes to help make the world better. And if I were a girl, I wouldn't be writing this review but instead looking him up on Google Images because quite frankly, he's gorgeous to the point of being a living Gary Stu(I once visited a litmus test page to determine if your fictional character was a Mary Sue. It said that U2's Bono scored a 71--I'm pretty sure Mr. Martin would score in the 200+s).

    The problem is that I think the fame's starting to get to his head. Or maybe he's starting to become annoying. Martin said in an interview that he wants Coldplay to become better than Mozart. Uhhh, ok. On another interview, he actually complained about the inevitable criticism they've received on the wake of X&Y's huge popularity... and yet that didn't stop him from recently remarking that their next album would be "the greatest piece of music ever written".


    I hate to say it, but if things continue that way, then there'll be a huge backlash that'll cause Coldplay's next album to sink their worldwide popularity just like Be Here Now did to Oasis. And then you'll have something real to be "pained" about.

    Oh, how about that Gwyneth Paltrow? Now, this is nothing personal, I know she is most likely a good person and that Martin is very happy to be with her(I wish good things for their next child)... but yeesh, Mrs. Paltrow frankly needs to shut up a little too. If I hear one more horribly annoying/ignorant remark from her regarding politics, I'll rip my skin off.

    I'm sorry Mr. Martin, I'm a fan of you and your band, but that type of attitude is why the criticism isn't entirely undeserved. Everytime he runs his mouth, I feel bad for lead guitarist Jon Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion--all of them very talented--for being stigmatized alongside him.moreless