How to Sing like Chris Martin

Learn how to sing like Chris Martin from vocal coach Cari Cole in this Howcast singing tutorial.

Hi I’m Cari Cole. I’m a celebrity vocal coach and artist development expert. And I help artist find their voice, craft their music, and create successful music careers. I’ve worked with Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, Courtney Love from Hole, I’ve worked with the band Journey. I’m going to teach you how to be a better singer and performer

So we’ll talk a little bit about Chris Martin’s voice from Cold Play, and how to sing a little bit more like him. He uses a lighter style of singing. He doesn’t force his voice a lot when he sings. He’s also a very expressive singer. He uses a lot of emotion. And sometimes even, live, he’ll lead with his emotion even more than his technique. He’s not so much of a perfect technique singer. I think it’s something he’s working on, and that is more from a voice teacher perspective. I think he has a really good voice. But if you listen to the older stuff, Yellow and some of that, his focus wasn’t so much on being perfect vocally. I think it was more expressive. And so that’s something I really admire and like about his voice. He’s growing over time and now he’s training and he’s into it. His comment was "why wouldn’t I want someone to bring out the best in me," he he said of his voice teacher. I particularly like the way he uses, in his range, when he goes into falsetto. A lot of other male singers would really try to push that envelope and they try to stay in chest voice. And he really lets it flip into falsetto. And it makes for a very sort of vulnerable style of singing that expresses more emotion.

So if that’s something that you’re looking to do, or if you are looking to improve your connection between your chest and falsetto, or you look to have a little more vulnerability as a singer, he’s someone to listen to. He also uses a lot of textures, a lot of breathy. I think ultimately he’s really a songwriter and his songs are at the core of his message. From what I know about him, what’s important to him is getting that melody and that message across. And so he doesn’t do a ton of ad-libing because he doesn’t want to detract from the songs. So that’s something that he chooses as a singer.

So those are just a few characteristics about Chris Martin’s singing that you could bring into your own practice.