Christopher Anthony Martin, better known to his fans as Chris Martin is a co-founder and talented member of the alternative rock band Coldplay, who not only sings the vocals, but also plays the rhythm guitar, harmonica, keyboards and piano. The son of a music teacher, he grew up a music lover and formed his first band in prep school. While in the university, he met and collaborated with aspiring musician Jonny Buckland to form the alternative rock band Coldplay. The band became a smash hit with its debut album ˜Parachutes' which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2002. It was also a big commercial hit that established the debutants as talented musicians. The band released many other hit albums over the years. Martin has also performed as a solo artist, writing a number of songs like ˜Gravity' and ˜See It in a Boy's Eyes'. Along with alternative rock, he is also interested in hip-hop and performed with Jay-Z in his comeback album ˜Kingdom Come'. He has performed in collaboration with the singers Swizz Beatz and Kayne West also. Martin declared the Scottish rock band ˜Travis' as his major influence and stated that he drew inspiration from it for starting his own band.