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Chris Martin - February/March 24

Chris Martin talks about being the frontman of Coldplay, how he has helped shape modern music, and family life.

From humble beginnings to global fame, Chris Martin's journey is a tale of artistic brilliance and personal growth. As he gears up for an exciting 2024, his career with the band Coldplay continues to be a beacon of inspiration, with upcoming European and Australasian legs of their world tour.

Martin’s journey from an aspiring musician to a global icon is a testament to his talent, dedication and visionary approach to music. “Forming Coldplay wasn't just about creating music; it was about forging a bond with like-minded souls,” he begins.

Born in Exeter on March 2nd, 1977, his journey from an English prep schoolboy to international music icon is one that points to relentless passion, incredible talent and unwavering commitment to his craft.

Early success was marked through debut album Parachutes, which laid the groundwork for a journey filled with emotional depth and creative exploration. The band’s subsequent long-players, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) and Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), further cemented the lead man’s reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Possessing creative versatility and emotional depth resonated with audiences worldwide, earning the band numerous awards and accolades.

“We felt we had a formula, but you never really know. Music sounds and trends change so frequently, and I guess we were in the right place at the right time.

“Britpop had really laid the foundations for singer-songwriters again, be they individuals or in bands, and the door was open for whoever wanted to walk through.”

Away from music, Martin is also known for his commitment to various social and environmental causes. The 47-year-old has been actively involved in charitable work, leveraging his fame to raise awareness and funds for issues ranging from global poverty to climate change.

“Sustainability is crucial, not just in music but in every aspect of life. As artists, we have a platform and a responsibility to promote a healthier, more sustainable world. It's about making choices that protect our planet for future generations.”

His personal life – particularly the former marriage to actress Gwyneth Paltrow and their subsequent “conscious uncoupling” – has also been a subject of media attention. Despite the challenges, Martin has always displayed resilience and maturity.

“My children are my greatest inspiration,” Martin admits, who since 2017 has been in a relationship with actress Dakota Johnson. “They remind me of the innocence and purity in the world. Everything I do, including my music, is a legacy I'm leaving for them.”

Credit: Photo by K C Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune Via Zuma/Shutterstock (9125050d) Chris Martin Coldplay in concert at SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, USA - 08 Oct 2017