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Martin Doherty
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Doherty in June 2014
Background information
Birth name Martin Clifford Doherty
Born 24 December 1982 (1982-12-24) (age 38)
Origin Clydebank, Scotland
  • Musician
  • composer
  • record producer
  • singer
  • Keyboards
  • sampler
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active 1999–present
  • Goodbye
  • Virgin
  • Glassnote
  • Hostess
Associated acts
  • Chvrches
  • The Twilight Sad
  • Aereogramme
  • Julia Thirteen

Martin Clifford Doherty (born 24 December 1982) is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist, singer and record producer. He is a member of Glasgow-based electronic trio Chvrches, with whom he has recorded four studio albums. Prior to forming Chvrches, Doherty was a touring member of the indie rock bands The Twilight Sad and Aereogramme.

Doherty plays keyboards, sampler, guitar and performs main vocals and backing vocals. He also contributes to Chvrches' songwriting and production.


Prior to the formation of Chvrches, Doherty was a touring member of The Twilight Sad. He was also the frontman of the rock band Julia Thirteen, founded in 1999 and disbanded in 2006. He met and befriended future Chvrches bandmate Iain Cook in 2004 while attending the University of Strathclyde. In 2006, Cook co-recorded Julia Thirteen's debut EP before Doherty joined Cook's own band Aereogramme in 2007.

Both on Chvrches' debut album The Bones of What You Believe and in concert, Doherty performs lead vocals for the songs "Under the Tide" and "You Caught the Light", the latter on which he also plays bass guitar. Some early performances of the song "We Sink" featured Doherty as the lead vocalist, though lead singer Lauren Mayberry later assumed that role full-time. Chvrches' second album Every Open Eye has Doherty on lead vocals for the songs "High Enough to Carry You Over" and "Follow You", the latter of which is a bonus track included on deluxe versions of the album. Though initially excluded from set lists early in the Every Open Eye tour, "High Enough to Carry You Over" made its live debut on 13 March 2016 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.


With Chvrches
  • The Bones of What You Believe (2013)
  • Every Open Eye (2015)
  • Love Is Dead (2018)
With The Twilight Sad
  • Forget the Night Ahead (2009)
With Aereogramme
  • My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go (2007)
With Julia Thirteen
  • With Tired Hearts EP (2006)
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