Christopher Martin, born March 2, 1977, is a multi-talented English artist and philanthropist, celebrated as the lead vocalist and co-founder of the globally renowned rock band Coldplay. Originating from Exeter, Devon, he went on to form Coldplay at University College London with Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion. The band catapulted to global fame with their hit “Yellow” in 2000, and have since sold over 100 million albums, earning them the title of the most successful group of the 21st century. With an impressive list of nine studio albums, including hits like “A Rush of Blood to the Head” and “Viva la Vida,” the band has won numerous Grammy and Brit Awards.
Beyond Coldplay, Martin has an extensive solo career, having collaborated with artists across genres like Nelly Furtado, Jay-Z, and Avicii. Notably, he has also penned songs for Embrace and Jamelia. His artistic reach doesn’t end with music; he’s dabbled in acting, making cameo appearances in films like “Shaun of the Dead” and the comedy series “Extras.”
Martin is also deeply involved in philanthropic endeavors. He performed in charity concerts to benefit causes ranging from Hurricane Sandy relief to the Ebola crisis. Since 2015, he has been the creative director of the Global Citizen Festival, planning to fulfill this role for 15 years. Politically active, Martin has been an outspoken advocate for fair trade and has even traveled to countries like Ghana and Haiti to witness the effects of unfair trading practices. He’s taken stances on various political issues over the years, supporting figures like John Kerry and Barack Obama, while being a critic of George W. Bush and the Iraq War.