Chris Cornell
* July 20, 1964
United States
Solo Artist
Chris Cornell (born July 20, 1964) is an American guitarist/singer-songwriter most well-known for being the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. He is considered to be one of the most talented vocalists and songwriters in the rock industry. He began his musical career as a drummer, before moving on to become a singer and guitarist.

Cornell was born in Seattle, Washington and lived there in his childhood. His Irish Catholic parents are Ed Boyle (a pharmacist) and Karen Cornell (an accountant). Cornell's last name used to be Boyle, but after his parents divorced he and his siblings took his mother's maiden name. He suffered from a severe case of depression during his teenage years, leaving the house rarely. At one point, he spent a whole year without leaving his house, during which time he would play drums and guitar.

"My lifestyle was transformed after many years of drinking a lot, isolating myself a lot and going into long periods of depression."

While in Soundgarden, he also recorded an album with members of Pearl Jam as Temple Of The Dog in 1991, in tribute to his friend and former roommate Andrew Wood, who had died of a heroin overdose in 1990. He also worked as a producer on the album Uncle Anesthesia by the band the Screaming Trees and featured as an actor in both a cameo role and an onstage performance in director Cameron Crowe's Seattle-based film Singles. He also contributed the song 'Seasons' to the film's soundtrack. In 1992 Cornell also turned up on the Alice in Chains EP, Sap, sharing vocal duties with Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, and Mark Arm of Mudhoney on the song "Right Turn." He was also part of the project called M.A.C.C. who contributed the song "Hey Baby (Land Of The New Rising Sun)" to the 1993 Jimi Hendrix tribute album, "Stone Free".

Cornell himself gained nearly as much fame as Soundgarden during this time, chiefly due to his singing abilities and vocal range. His ability to soar into falsetto and through head voice effortlessly[1] often defies many a normal singer's natural timbre, giving him a high harmonic overtone or timbre to his voice. Indeed, his ability to "belt" a note, almost screaming it is also well utilised, giving his baritonal range an often much louder, or "higher" sound than is actually tonally present. This is shown to much effect on Ultramega OK's "Beyond the Wheel," Badmotorfinger's "Slaves & Bulldozers" and the title track from Superunknown. [2]

In late 1994, after touring in support of the album Superunknown, doctors discovered that Cornell had severely strained his vocal chords. Under medical directive, Soundgarden had to cancel several shows to avoid permanent damage to Cornell's vocal chords. During this time he also collaborated with shockrocker Alice Cooper on Cooper's album The Last Temptation, and together with him wrote the song "Stolen Prayer", in which he also sang. Soundgarden would later cancel a handful of shows in the fall of 1996 while touring to support Down On The Upside, due to Cornell coming down with laryngitis.[

After Soundgarden split up, he collaborated with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider of the band Eleven (now in Queens of the Stone Age) and released a solo album entitled Euphoria Morning in 1999. Although critically hailed, the album proved commercially unsuccessful despite the album's single "Can't Change Me" being nominated for "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" at the 2000 Grammy Awards. With Euphoria Morning, Chris also contributed the song "Sunshower" (a bonus track on the Japanese release of the CD) to the soundtrack of Great Expectations, as well as a reworked version of the track "Mission" to the film Mission: Impossible II soundtrack, retitled "Mission 2000". Also, Euphoria Morning includes Chris' tribute to friend and fellow musician Jeff Buckley entitled "Wave Goodbye". Cornell and Buckley met during the mid-1990's and became fast friends, and were mutual admirers of each others' work. It has been noted that Euphoria Morning is very much influenced by Buckley's songwriting and distinctive vocal style. Buckley accidentally drowned in the Wolf River in Memphis in 1997.

Cornell is currently the vocalist in the critically and commercially successful alternative rock quartet Audioslave, backed up by the former members and instrumentalists of Rage Against The Machine, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. Audioslave's self-titled debut album spawned hits such as "Like a Stone" and "Cochise".

Audioslave's latest album, Out of Exile, was released on May 24, 2005, and debuted at #1 on the U.S. charts. The album features the singles, "Be Yourself", "Doesn't Remind Me", "Out of Exile" and "Your Time Has Come". The band is planning to release their third album, tentatively titled Revelations, in September 2006.

Cornell married Vicky Karayiannis in 2004, with whom he had a daughter named Toni in September of 2004. Their son, Christopher Nicholas, was born on December 5, 2005. Cornell previously was married to former Soundgarden and Alice In Chains manager Susan Silver. They are the parents of Cornell's first daughter, Lillian Jean Cornell, born in July 2000. He currently lives in Los Angeles and Paris.
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