Chris Martin performs benefit concert at homeless shelter

Chris Martin‘Tis the season to be charitable — especially if you’re Chris Martin.

With the holidays nearly here, the Coldplay frontman decided to make a very special visit to the The Bowery Mission homeless shelter in New York City on Wednesday. While taking a tour of the facility, the Grammy-winning singer delivered an impromptu benefit performance that “lifted the spirits” of every audience member at the Mission.

“Chris Martin proved once again the power of one person to make a difference through The Bowery Mission,” James Macklin, the Mission’s Director of Outreach, said in a statement.  “As the temperatures drop and we serve thousands of lonely people during the holidays, Chris has lifted our spirits today.”

Performing a bevy of hits, from David Bowie‘s “Life on Mars?” to Prince‘s “Purple Rain,” the singer helped the Mission raise more than $4,000 from sold-out tickets alone.

This heartwarming holiday surprise comes a month after Chris gifted fans with an announcement that Coldplay will be releasing new music in 2017.

“Hello everyone, we’re working on some new songs for next year,” he wrote on the band’s Twitter account. “It’s called the Kaleidoscope ep. We hope you’re well, love cm #KaleidoscopeEP.” ~Shelby Morton

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