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Chris Martin was born on March 2, 1977 in Devon, England. He 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&#039;s debut album, Parachutes, sold 5 million copies and won a Grammy with a second to follow. Martin married Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003.
Christopher Anthony John Martin, best known as Chris Martin, was born on March 2, 1977 in Devon, England. Martin was born the eldest of five children to a teacher and an accountant. His interests in music developed at a young age and he formed his first band, The Rocking Honkies, while he was attending the prepatory Exeter Cathedral School. After continuing his studies at another independent school he attended University College in London, where he graduated with a degree in Ancient World Studies.
During the college years orientation week in 1996 he met guitarist Johnny Buckland and the two decided to form a band, with the chosen name Pectoralz. By 1997 the band, which had changed their name to Starfish, recruited Guy Berryman on the bass and Will Champion on the drums.
In 2000, the band, now known as Coldplay, released their debut album Parachutes. The album peaked at No. 1 on the UK Charts and entered the top half of the U.S. Billboard 200 with hits like &quot;Yellow,&quot; &quot;Trouble&quot; and &quot;Don&#039;t Panic.&quot; It was a commercial success and was released to positive reviews, eventually becoming certified 7x platinum. In 2002, it won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and was the winner of the Best British Album award at the 2001 Brit Awards.
The group also released their second album A Rush of Blood to the Head in 2002. The album proved to be another success with songs including &quot;In My Place,&quot; &quot;Clocks&quot; and &quot;The Scientist,&quot; and the group went on a nine-month tour to North America, Europe and Australia. The tour was filmed live for the Live 2003 DVD. Additional albums include X&amp;Y, Vida La Vida, Prospekt&#039;s March, LeftRightLeftRightLef and Mylo Xyloto, all released to rave reviews. With their success, Coldplay maintained their artistic integrity, retaining total control over all production aspects and refusing to have their music used in advertisements or films. In 2011, Coldplay performed at Apple Inc.&#039;s private memorial event for Steve Jobs.
In addition to Coldplay, Martin has written a variety of songs for solo acts including British pop group Embrace and the singer Jamelia. In 2005, he collaborated with musician Nelly Furtado on the track &quot;All Good Things (Come to an End)&quot; from her third album Loose (2006). In 2006, he worked with rapper Jay-Z for the song &quot;Beach Chair&quot; for his album Kingdom Come. Martin has also collaborated with Swizz Beatz and Kanye West.