Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964) is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Mad SeasonZac Brown BandSoundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Mad SeasonZac Brown BandSoundgardenAudioslave . He is also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for Mad SeasonZac Brown BandSoundgardenAudioslaveTemple of the Dog , the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood .
Cornell is also known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s Andrew Woodgrunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter and for his near four Andrew Woodgrungeoctave Andrew Woodgrungeoctavevocal range as well as his powerful vocal belting technique. He has released four solo studio albums, '' vocal beltingEuphoria Morning '' (1999), '' Carry On '' (2007), '' Scream '' (2009), '' ScreamHigher Truth '' (2015) and live album '' Songbook '' (2011). Cornell received a SongbookGolden Globe Award nomination for his song "The Keeper" which appeared in the film '' SongbookGolden Globe AwardMachine Gun Preacher '' and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the SongbookGolden Globe AwardMachine Gun PreacherJames Bond film '' Casino Royale '' (2006), " Casino RoyaleYou Know My Name ". He was voted "Rock's Greatest Singer" by readers of '' Casino RoyaleYou Know My NameGuitar World '', ranked 4th in the list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" by '' Casino RoyaleYou Know My NameGuitar WorldHit Parader '',"Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists". '' Casino RoyaleYou Know My NameGuitar WorldHit ParaderHit Parader ''. November 2006 9th in the list of "Best Lead Singers of All Time" by '' Casino RoyaleYou Know My NameGuitar WorldHit ParaderHit ParaderRolling Stone '', and 12th in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music".
Cornell was born and raised in Casino RoyaleYou Know My NameGuitar WorldHit ParaderHit ParaderRolling StoneSeattle , Washington , and attended Christ the King Catholic elementary school, and Shorewood High School . His parents are Ed Boyle (a pharmacist from an Shorewood High SchoolIrish Catholic background) and Karen Cornell (an accountant). He has five siblings: older brothers Peter and Patrick, and younger sisters Katy, Suzy, and Maggie. Peter, Katy and Suzy all performed in the band Inflatable Soule in the 1990s. Peter was the Shorewood High SchoolIrish Catholicfrontman for the New York-based rock band Black Market Radio and released a new solo album, ''Champion'', in 2014. Katy performs as lead vocalist for the Seattle band Into the Cold.
In the early 1980s, Cornell was a member of a cover band called The Shemps that performed around Seattle. The Shemps also featured bassist sous-chefHiro Yamamoto . Following Yamamoto's departure from The Shemps, the band recruited guitarist sous-chefHiro YamamotoKim Thayil as its new guitarist. Cornell and Yamamoto stayed in contact, and after The Shemps broke up, Cornell and Yamamoto started jamming together, eventually bringing in Thayil to join them.
jammingSoundgarden was formed in 1984 by Cornell, Thayil and Yamamoto with Cornell originally on drums and vocals. In 1985, the band enlisted jammingSoundgardenScott Sundquist as the drummer to allow Cornell to concentrate on vocals.George-Warren, Holly, Patricia Romanowski, and Jon Pareles. ''The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll''. Rolling Stone Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-671-43457-1. The band's first recordings were three songs that appeared on a compilation for jammingSoundgardenScott SundquistC/Z Records called '' Deep Six ''. In 1986, Sundquist, who by that point had a wife and a child, decided to leave the band and spend time with his family. He was replaced by Deep SixMatt Cameron , the drummer for Deep SixMatt CameronSkin Yard , who became Soundgarden's permanent drummer.
Soundgarden signed to Deep SixMatt CameronSkin YardSub Pop , releasing the '' Deep SixMatt CameronSkin YardSub PopScreaming Life '' EP in 1987 and the '' Fopp '' EP in 1988 (a combination of the two was issued as '' FoppScreaming Life/Fopp '' in 1990). Though the band was being courted by major labels, in 1988 they signed to FoppScreaming Life/FoppSST Records to release their debut album, '' FoppScreaming Life/FoppSST RecordsUltramega OK '' (1988), for which they earned a FoppScreaming Life/FoppSST RecordsUltramega OKGrammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance in 1990. The band subsequently signed with Best Metal PerformanceA&M Records , becoming the first Best Metal PerformanceA&M Recordsgrunge band to sign to a major label. In 1989, the band released their second effort, and their first for a major label, '' Best Metal PerformanceA&M RecordsgrungeLouder Than Love ''. Following the release of ''Louder Than Love'', Yamamoto left the band to finish his master's degree in physical chemistry at Best Metal PerformanceA&M RecordsgrungeLouder Than LoveWestern Washington University . He was replaced by former Nirvana guitarist NirvanaJason Everman . Everman was fired following Soundgarden's tour supporting ''Louder Than Love''. In 1990, the band was joined by a new bassist, NirvanaJason EvermanBen Shepherd .
Along with NirvanaJason EvermanBen ShepherdAlice in Chains , Nirvana, and NirvanaJason EvermanBen ShepherdAlice in ChainsPearl Jam , Soundgarden became one of the most successful bands from Seattle's emerging grunge scene in the early 1990s. With Shepherd, the new line-up recorded '' NirvanaJason EvermanBen ShepherdAlice in ChainsPearl JamBadmotorfinger '' in 1991. The album brought the band to a new level of commercial success, and Soundgarden found itself amidst the sudden popularity and attention given to the Seattle music scene. ''Badmotorfinger'' included the singles " NirvanaJason EvermanBen ShepherdAlice in ChainsPearl JamBadmotorfingerJesus Christ Pose ", " NirvanaJason EvermanBen ShepherdAlice in ChainsPearl JamBadmotorfingerJesus Christ PoseOutshined ", and " NirvanaJason EvermanBen ShepherdAlice in ChainsPearl JamBadmotorfingerJesus Christ PoseOutshinedRusty Cage ". The three singles gained considerable airtime on alternative rock radio stations, while the videos for "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage" gained considerable airtime on MTV. The song "Jesus Christ Pose" and its music video was the subject of widespread controversy in 1991, and the video was removed from MTV's playlist. "Rusty Cage" was later covered by NirvanaJason EvermanBen ShepherdAlice in ChainsPearl JamBadmotorfingerJesus Christ PoseOutshinedRusty CageJohnny Cash on his 1996 album, '' Unchained ''. It also appeared on the fictional radio station Radio X on the video game '' Radio XGrand Theft Auto: San Andreas '' and in the 32-bit version of '' Radio XGrand Theft Auto: San AndreasRoad Rash ''. " Radio XGrand Theft Auto: San AndreasRoad RashRoom a Thousand Years Wide " was released previously as a single in 1990, but not to promote the album. It was released (with the song "HIV Baby") as a 7" through Sub Pop's ''Single of the Month'' club a full year before the release of ''Badmotorfinger''. The song was re-recorded for this album. ''Badmotorfinger'' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1992. It was also ranked number 45 in the October 2006 issue of '' Radio XGrand Theft Auto: San AndreasRoad RashRoom a Thousand Years WideGuitar World '' on the magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitar albums of all time.
'' Radio XGrand Theft Auto: San AndreasRoad RashRoom a Thousand Years WideGuitar WorldSuperunknown '' became the band's breakthrough album. Upon its release in March 1994, ''Superunknown'' debuted at number one on the ''Billboard'' 200 . The album launched several successful singles, including " ''Billboard'' 200Spoonman " and " ''Billboard'' 200SpoonmanBlack Hole Sun ", and granted Soundgarden international recognition. ''Superunknown'' achieved quintuple platinum status in the United States, triple platinum status in Canada, and gold status in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands. '' ''Billboard'' 200SpoonmanBlack Hole SunRolling Stone '' gave ''Superunknown'' four out of five stars. Reviewer J.D. Considine said ''Superunknown'' "demonstrates far greater range than many bands manage in an entire career." Considine criticized "Black Hole Sun" and "Half", stating that the former is "not a very good song" while the latter "is the virtual definition of a B-side." ''Billboard'' 200SpoonmanBlack Hole SunRolling StoneJon Pareles of '' ''Billboard'' 200SpoonmanBlack Hole SunRolling StoneJon ParelesThe New York Times '' said that "''Superunknown'' actually tries to broaden its audience by breaking heavy-metal genre barriers that Soundgarden used to accept." He added that "Soundgarden ... want something different from standard heavy metal."Pareles, Jon. . '' heavy-metalThe New York Times ''. March 6, 1994. Retrieved on March 23, 2008. David Browne of '' heavy-metalThe New York TimesEntertainment Weekly '' gave the album an A. He said, "Soundgarden is pumped and primed on ''Superunknown'', and they deliver the goods." He praised it as a "hard-rock milestone-a boiling vat of volcanic power, record-making smarts, and '90s anomie and anxiety that sets a new standard for anything called metal." The album was nominated for the heavy-metalThe New York TimesEntertainment WeeklyGrammy Award for Best Rock Album in 1995. Two singles from ''Superunknown'', "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman", won Grammy Awards, and the music video for "Black Hole Sun" won a MTV Video Music Award and a Clio Award . ''Superunknown'' was ranked number 336 on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time , and "Black Hole Sun" was ranked number 25 on 500 greatest albums of all timeVH1 's list of the 100 greatest songs of the '90s.
The band's final album was 1996's self-produced '' 500 greatest albums of all timeVH1Down on the Upside ''. The album spawned several singles, including " 500 greatest albums of all timeVH1Down on the UpsidePretty Noose ", " 500 greatest albums of all timeVH1Down on the UpsidePretty NooseBurden in My Hand ", and " 500 greatest albums of all timeVH1Down on the UpsidePretty NooseBurden in My HandBlow Up the Outside World ". The album was notably less heavy than the group's preceding albums, and marked a further departure from the band's grunge roots. Soundgarden explained at the time that it wanted to experiment with other sounds. David Browne of ''Entertainment Weekly'' said, "Few bands since Led Zeppelin have so crisply mixed instruments both acoustic and electric." However, tensions within the group arose during the sessions, with Thayil and Cornell reportedly clashing over Cornell's desire to shift away from the heavy guitar riffing that had become the band's trademark. Despite favorable reviews, the album did not match the sales of ''Superunknown''. In 1997, Soundgarden received another Grammy nomination, for the lead single "Pretty Noose". Due to tensions within the band, reportedly due to internal strife over its creative direction, Soundgarden announced it was disbanding on April 9, 1997. In a 1998 interview, Thayil said, "It was pretty obvious from everybody's general attitude over the course of the previous half-year that there was some dissatisfaction."Gilbert, Jeff. "Sound of Silence". '' 500 greatest albums of all timeVH1Down on the UpsidePretty NooseBurden in My HandBlow Up the Outside WorldGuitar World ''. February 1998.
===1998–2000: solo career===
In 1998, Cornell began working on material for a solo album on which he collaborated with 500 greatest albums of all timeVH1Down on the UpsidePretty NooseBurden in My HandBlow Up the Outside WorldGuitar WorldAlain Johannes and 500 greatest albums of all timeVH1Down on the UpsidePretty NooseBurden in My HandBlow Up the Outside WorldGuitar WorldAlain JohannesNatasha Shneider of the band Eleven . The album, titled '' ElevenEuphoria Morning '', was released on September 21, 1999. In his first ever solo tour Cornell spent seven months on the road from September 13, 1999 to March 7, 2000 playing 61 shows in support of ''Euphoria Morning.'' Cornell performed two of those coinciding with the debut of the album on September 21 and 22, 1999 at the ElevenEuphoria MorningHenry Fonda Theater in Hollywood California. Attendance for the shows were high, considering he performed the initial shows before fans were even familiar with the music. The touring band was made up of some of the contributing musicians Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider, Rick Markmann, and Greg Upchurch. The album proved commercially unsuccessful although the album's single " ElevenEuphoria MorningHenry Fonda TheaterCan't Change Me " was nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards . ''Euphoria Morning'' includes "Wave Goodbye", Cornell's tribute to his late friend 2000 Grammy AwardsJeff Buckley . It has been noted that ''Euphoria Morning'' is influenced by Buckley's songwriting and distinctive vocal style. He also contributed the song "Sunshower" (a bonus track on the Japanese release of ''Euphoria Morning'') to the soundtrack of the 1998 film, '' Great Expectations '', and a reworked version of the track "Mission", retitled "Mission 2000", was used on the soundtrack to the 2000 film, '' soundtrackMission: Impossible II ''. An unreleased song called "Heart of Honey" was also recorded in collaboration with Johannes and Shneider during this period. According to Alain Johannes, "Heart of Honey" was recorded for the film '' soundtrackMission: Impossible IITitan A.E. '' but not used.
was formed after left and the remaining members were searching for another vocalist. Producer and friend suggested that they contact Cornell. Rubin played the Soundgarden song "Slaves & Bulldozers" for the remaining Rage Against the Machine band members to showcase his ability. Cornell was in the writing process of a second solo album, but decided to shelve that and pursue the opportunity to work with , and when they approached him. Morello described Cornell: "He stepped to the microphone and sang the song and I couldn't believe it. It didn't just sound good. It didn't sound great. It sounded transcendent. And ... when there is an irreplaceable chemistry from the first moment, you can't deny it." The quartet wrote 21 songs during 19 days of rehearsal and began working in the studio in late May 2001.O'Brien, Clare. "Pushing Forward Back." ''Zero Magazine''. September 7, 2005, Iss. 1.
Their debut album, ', released in November 2002, spawned hits such as "", "" and "", and has reached triple platinum status in the United States. The band was nearly derailed before the album's release; Cornell was going through alcohol problems and a slot on the tour was canceled. During this time, there was a rumor that Cornell had checked himself into . He later confirmed it in an interview with ' that was conducted from a clinic payphone. In a ' article, Cornell explained that he went through "a horrible personal crisis" during the making of the first record, staying in rehab for two months and separating from his wife. The problems were ironed out and he has remained since this time. The band toured through 2003, before resting in 2004 to record their second album.
In early 2006 the band returned, recording their third album as they had written most of the material during the tour. The band released the album, titled ', in September 2006. ''Revelations'' was influenced by 1960s and 1970s and music. The first two singles were "" and "". Two of the songs from the third album, "Shape of Things to Come" and "Wide Awake" were also prominently featured in 's 2006 film, ', prior to the release of the album. Despite the exposure to other forms of media and the positive critical buzz for their third album, Audioslave did not tour behind the release. They went into hiatus to allow Cornell to complete "You Know My Name", the theme song for the 2006 James Bond film, ''Casino Royale'', and Morello to pursue his own solo work under the moniker of .
All of Audioslave's lyrics were written by Cornell, whilst all four members were credited with writing the music. Their songwriting process was described by Wilk as "more collaborative" and "satisfying" than Rage Against the Machine's, which was "a battle creatively." Cornell, for his part, saw Soundgarden's songwriting method as inferior to Audioslave's. Cornell's lyrics were mostly apolitical; Audioslave's Morello referred to them as "haunted, poetry." They were characterized by his cryptic approach, often dealing with themes of existentialism, love, and Christianity. Cornell's battle with addiction to prescription drugs and alcoholism was a defining factor in the writing and recording process. Even though the singer admitted that he was "never able to write effectively" while drinking, and attended rehab after recording the debut album, Morello stated that ''Revelations'' was "the first record didn't smoke, drink or take drugs through the recording." However, Morello said: "Chris was stone sober during the making of our ''Out of Exile'' album. Chris was also sober during the making of ''Revelations'' and prior to recording he gave up smoking as well. I apologize for any confusion or concern that was stirred up by the original article. Sobriety can be a matter of life or death and Chris' courage in maintaining his health for years has been an inspiration."
News about Cornell's departure emerged in July 2006, when insiders stated that after the third album he would leave to pursue for a solo career. The singer immediately denied the rumors, stating: "We hear rumors that Audioslave is breaking up all the time. ... I always just ignore ." On February 15, 2007, Cornell officially announced his departure from Audioslave, stating that "Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors." As the other three members were busy with the Rage Against the Machine reunion with de la Rocha coming back, and Morello and Cornell had each released solo albums in 2007, Audioslave officially disbanded.
===2007–present: solo revival===
Cornell and composer collaborated on the song "", which Cornell co-wrote and performed and which accompanies the opening titles for the 2006 film, '. "You Know My Name" is the first theme song since 1983's ' to use a different title than the film, the first ever sung by a male American, and the first ever title theme song that did not appear on the soundtrack album. "You Know My Name" won a in the category of , and a in the category of . The song was also nominated for at the . This song became the first song recorded for his solo album, which he began work on in 2007.
Though not officially released onto CD, an hour-long acoustic concert Cornell performed on September 7, 2006 at O-Baren in , is widely available for under the title ''Chris Cornell: Unplugged in Sweden''. A promotional CD for his solo album, ''Carry On'', was released in March 2007, titled '. The 17-song CD included songs from Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and Cornell's solo work.
On June 5, 2007, Cornell released his second solo album, ', produced by . It debuted at number 17 on the American ' charts. Among the artists who accompanied him on his second solo release was friend , who contributed to some of the tracks. Cornell has stated that he is always writing, and that there are some songs that he was not able to put onto an Audioslave album. While recording his second solo album, Cornell was involved in a motorcycle accident. He was apparently " by a truck in L.A.'s while riding his motorcycle" and "catapulted 20 feet into the air." He was able to walk away from the accident, but had severe cuts and bruises. He returned to the studio later that day.
In 2007, Cornell appeared as support to on at least two legs of their 2007 world tour—, London, and —and to in Australia and New Zealand. These shows formed part of his own ongoing world tour which began in April 2007 and continued into 2008 and 2009. Cornell has described his touring band—comprising guitarists and Peter Thorn, bassist Corey McCormick and drummer —as "musicians that could get the whole picture" playing music by Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as his solo material.
In 2008, Cornell was featured on the Main Stage of Linkin Park's tour. Throughout the tour, Cornell collaborated with from Linkin Park while performing "Hunger Strike", and with Street Drum Corps for a number of his tracks. While Linkin Park would perform their Grammy-winning song "", he would appear on stage singing the second verse of the song, the outro, and harmonies provided for the ' version.
Cornell worked with producer on his studio album ', which was released on March 10, 2009. Timbaland has referred to the recording sessions as "The best work I've done in my career," and predicted that Cornell will be the "first rock star in the club." Cornell called the new album "a highlight of my career." The album was largely panned by critics, but was the highest charting album of Cornell's solo career, reaching # 10 on the .
On April 2, 2009, Cornell took over Atlanta Rock station, Project 961, . For 24 hours the station became "Chris-FM" and included a two-hour special of Cornell DJing and playing his favorite songs of his career with the stories behind them leading up to a rebroadcast of his solo show from the previous night. On September 11, 2009, Cornell performed 's "" on '.
In January 2011 Cornell announced his solo acoustic 'Songbook' tour, following on from a series of acclaimed solo acoustic shows in Los Angeles during 2009 and 2010. The first leg of the sold-out tour began on April 1, 2011 and continued through the US and Canada until May 6, resuming in October and visiting New Zealand, Australia, South America and the US, ending December 17. The tour received universally positive reviews.
In August 2011 Cornell released "The Keeper", an original song written for the directed 2011 film and nominated in 2012 for a . . For the first 24 hours of release, the song was exclusively available as part of the "Donate to Download" campaign for ' Angels of East Africa children's charity. The song is also the lead track on the film's soundtrack album.
In November 2011 Cornell released ', an acoustic live album featuring songs recorded during Cornell's 'Songbook' tour in North America. It was his first live album as a solo artist and includes stripped-down solo performances of songs from Cornell's whole career as a solo artist as well as with , plus covers of 's "" and 's "". The album received largely positive reviews, with calling it Cornell's "best solo offering to date.". Cornell continued his 'Songbook' tour in Europe and the US during 2012 and 2013 to further acclaim.
In January 2015, Cornell announced via his Twitter account that he was in the studio recording a new solo album. Cornell's new studio album, ', was released on September 18, 2015.
===2010–present: Soundgarden reunion===
On January 1, 2010, Cornell alluded to a reunion via his Twitter account, writing: "The 12-year break is over and school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!" The message linked to a website that features a picture of the group performing live and a place for fans to enter their e-mail address to get updates on the reunion. Entering that information unlocks an archival video for the song "Get on the Snake", from Soundgarden's second studio album, 1989's '.
In April 2010, Soundgarden announced their plans to headline 2010. Soundgarden made the announcement through their website and email list. On April 16, 2010, Soundgarden held a secret show at the on First Avenue in downtown Seattle, publicized via the band's mailing list. The show was billed as Nudedragons, an anagram for Soundgarden. Asked in August 2010 if Soundgarden will record new material, Cornell replied, "it would be exciting to record one song, to hear how Soundgarden-ish that might be this much time later. But for me, it's been more of a trip relearning the songs and playing them together. Some of the songs we're approaching we've never played live."
Soundgarden made their first television appearance since their reunion on 's second episode of ' in November 9, 2010 on TBS and toured North America in summer 2011. In summer 2012, Soundgarden released a new single & video, "Live to Rise", for ' movie soundtrack. Their newest album, ', was released in November 2012 to largely positive reviews.
Soundgarden has continued to tour worldwide and guitarist has mentioned in several interviews that the band will soon begin work on material for a new album.
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From 1986 to 1987, Cornell was also a member of the satirical band .
===Temple of the Dog===
While still in Soundgarden, Cornell recorded an album with members of what would become Pearl Jam. This collaboration went under the name , and the was released in 1991. The album is a tribute to their mutual friend, and Cornell's former roommate, . Wood, the former lead singer of , had died of a heroin overdose the year before. and of Mother Love Bone teamed up with , new vocalist , and drummer in 1990, forming Pearl Jam. Cameron would eventually become Pearl Jam's drummer in 1998. ''Temple of the Dog'' has gone on to sell more than a million copies, thanks in large part to the singles "" and "", the latter of which features a duet between Cornell and Vedder. This was the first time Vedder was recorded professionally. During a 2003 Pearl Jam show at the , Cornell appeared as a surprise guest. After playing a short acoustic set, Cornell joined Vedder and the rest of the band to perform "Hunger Strike" and "Reach Down". On October 6, 2009, Cornell made a surprise appearance during a Pearl Jam concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles. The reunited Temple of the Dog played "Hunger Strike". At the end of the concert, Cornell took a bow with the band along with of .
Cornell, together with of , contributed vocals on the song "Right Turn" from the 1992 EP, ', although the band given credit for this song is .
In 1992, Cornell and three other former members of Temple of the Dog played under the name (, Cornell), recording the song "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" for the 1993 album, '.
Cornell worked as a co-producer and backing vocalist on the ' 1991 album, '. He acted in a cameo role and an onstage performance in 's 1992 Seattle-based film, '. He also contributed his solo song "Seasons", and Soundgarden's song "Birth Ritual", to the ''Singles'' . Cornell contributed vocals on 's "Stolen Prayer" and "Unholy War" (which he also wrote) from the 1994 album, '. In 1997, Cornell collaborated with on a rendition of the song, "", for the Christmas compilation album, '. Cornell has also performed live with the band .
It was incorrectly believed (for many years) that Cornell had written the song "Someone to Die For" on the 2004 ' , but this was corrected in an interview in April 2007. The song is performed by of and of . Cornell had recorded a demo of the song some time earlier, which was released only to members of the Eleven .
Cornell co-wrote (with ) 's first post-' album single, "", released in 2008. And in 2009, he contributed vocals on the song, "Mister Dirt", from the album, ''Good.Night.Melody'', by . Cornell sang one song (which he co-wrote) on ', 's solo record released in April 2010.Bosso, Joe. . . July 9, 2009. The song is called "Promise" and it was premiered at amazon.com on March 26, 2010. He contributed vocals on the song, "Lies", on the 2010 album, ''Third and Double'', by which was subsequently released as a single in October 2010. Cornell appears on the album ', where he sings on the cover of 's "".
In September 2011, he joined members of for a live reunion at the 2-day Festival in Alpine Valley, WI.Lettkemann, Jessica. . '. September 4, 2011.
On January 30, 2015, Cornell joined and Barrett Martin plus , the and others in a special 'Sonic Evolution' concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall in a tribute to . The performance was released as a live album.
Cornell's songwriting often features non-standard chord progressions and melodies that do not conform with one diatonic scale. A prominent example is "Black Hole Sun", which not only involves many kinds of open chords and several key changes in short sequences, but also unique melody phrases with large-interval jumps.
A recurrent characteristic is the usage of major-only chord sequences (''Sweet Euphoria'', ''Pretty Noose''), which also leads to more subtle key changes.
While a most intensive concentration of Cornell's songwriting style can still be found on the Euphoria Morning album, later works, with Audioslave or on the later solo albums, tend to be more conventional, only sometimes containing short but inventive interlude parts (e.g. ''Like a Stone'', ''Disappearing Act'', ''No Such Thing'').
Cornell has a multi-octave range and a vocal style that has been described as gritty and soulful. He is a with an ability to sing extremely high in the range, as well as in the lower register of a baritone voice. He showcases this in various songs, most notably the studio and the demo versions of "Beyond the Wheel", where he can be heard spanning three octaves. He has also experimented with various different vocal styles, ranging from light falsetto to brutal screams and chants. In addition to singing rock and metal mainly with Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell sings the , and stripped-down acoustic numbers.
Cornell made a cameo in the 1992 movie '. Cornell was the face of fashion producer ' 2006 ad campaign. He recently became a restaurateur with the opening of his restaurant, Black Calavados, in Paris. He is also the owner of the music publishing company You Make Me Sick I Make Music.
Cornell has optioned Phil Carlo's true crime book ''The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of '', with plans to turn it into a movie. Cornell is collaborating with Carlo to produce the screenplay.
In 2012, Cornell created the . The Foundation is currently developing projects and programs working with leading charitable organizations and partners to raise awareness and mobilize support for children facing tough challenges including homelessness, poverty, abuse and/or neglect. Special meet-and-greet events in aid of the Foundation have taken place at live shows, and in 2013 a proportion of proceeds from ticket sales also went to benefit the cause.
Cornell was previously married to Susan Silver, the manager of and . They have a daughter, Lillian Jean, born in June 2000. He and Silver divorced in 2004. In December 2008, Cornell reported via his official website that he had finally won back his collection of 15 guitars after a four-year court battle with Silver.
He is currently married to Vicky Karayiannis, a Paris-based American publicist of Greek heritage. They have a daughter, Toni, born in September 2004, and a son, Christopher Nicholas, born in December 2005. Cornell converted to the through her influence.
When asked how Cornell beat all his addictions he stated, "It was a long period of coming to the realization that this way (sober) is better. Going through rehab, honestly, did help, and I'm not....it got me away from just the daily drudgery of depression and either trying to not drink or do drugs or doing them and you know, they give you such a simple message that any idiot can get and it's just over and over, but the bottom line is really, and this is the part that is scary for everyone, the individual kinda has to want it...not kinda, you have to want it and to not do that crap anymore or you will never stop and it will just kill you."
In a 2011 interview, Cornell said the major change with the reformed Soundgarden is a lack of alcohol: "The biggest difference I noticed... and we haven't even really talked about it: There are no bottles of Jack Daniels around or beers. And we never talked about... it's just not there."
Cornell has released five solo albums. produced six albums, five EPs and two greatest hits compilations. He released three albums with and one album with . Despite this large discography he has only released one retrospective compilation which was given a limited release. Cornell has also produced an album for and had his music featured on one mixtape.
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Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964) is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Mad SeasonZac Brown BandSoundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Mad SeasonZac Brown BandSoundgardenAudioslave . He is also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for Mad SeasonZac Brown BandSoundgardenAudioslaveTemple... read more
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''Scream'' is the third solo studio album by American musician Chris Cornell. Released on March 10, 2009 through Suretone Records and Mosley Music Group, it marked a shift from Cornell's previous musical efforts with the exclusion of some guitar and rock elements that were replaced with producer Timbaland's electronic pop soundscapes. The album was promoted with the release of five digital singles and three music videos, and was met with mostly negative reviews. The album debuted in the U.S at number... read more
Songs written or co-written by Chris Cornell of Soundgarden. read more
''Carry On'' is the second solo studio album by American musician Chris Cornell. It was released on May 28, 2007, in the United Kingdom and June 5, 2007, in the United States. This album is Cornell's second after ''Euphoria Morning'' in 1999, and his first since leaving his former band Audioslave. As of September 4, 2007, the album has sold 121,000 copies in the US and 300,000 copies worldwide.===Recording history===''Carry On'' was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Among the artists who accompanied... read more
==Biography==Dupree was born and raised in Fort Worth , Fort WorthTexas , where he graduated from Fort WorthTexasI.M. Terrell High School . Dupree began his career playing in the Fort WorthTexasI.M. Terrell High SchoolAtlantic Records studio band, recording on Fort WorthTexasI.M. Terrell High SchoolAtlantic Recordsalbum s by Fort WorthTexasI.M. Terrell High SchoolAtlantic RecordsalbumAretha Franklin ('' Fort WorthTexasI.M. Terrell High SchoolAtlantic RecordsalbumAretha FranklinAretha Live... read more
Jaraan V. Cornell (born November 22, 1976) is an American former collegiate basketball player at Purdue University,. purduesports.com in West Lafayette, Indiana.==High school career==Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Cornell attended Clay High School. Playing for head coach Tom DeBaets, he was a ''Third Team Parade All-American'', finished third in voting for the ''Mr. Indiana Basketball Award'' and was a top 30 recruit during his Senior season. He averaged 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds a 3.2 assists... read more
"No Such Thing" is the second single from Chris Cornell's second solo album, ''Carry On''. The song is heavy in tone with a straightforward riff and chorus.==Release and Reception=="No Such Thing" was released in the summer of 2007 and became the second single from Carry On to chart in the US, the first single that charted from the album was "You Know My Name". "No Such Thing" peaked on the mainstream rock tracks at 33.Chris Long from the BBC said that "Stuck somewhere between Cornell’s initial... read more
Part of Me is a song by American singer-songwriter Chris Cornell, from his third solo studio album, ''Scream''. Part of Me is the first official single for Canada and Europe (and second official single overall) and was released as a digital download on October 12, 2008 in Canada and Germany. There is no indication of a release in the US. The non-explicit version of the song was previewed on Virgin Radio 999,http://www.virginradio999.com/node/806115 where listeners were encouraged to enter a poll... read more
Cornell William Brooks (born 1961) is an American lawyer and activist. He was chosen to be the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in May 2014. He previously served as president of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in Newark, New Jersey, and as executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington. Brooks attended Jackson State University, where he received a BA in political science with honors. He subsequently earned his Master... read more
Joseph Christopher Amrhein, Jr. (born July 21, 1990) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Cornell. He signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League as an undrafted free agent in 2013.==College career==He played Quarterback for Cornell for four seasons from 2009-2012. On October 13, 2012, He started and beat Monmouth University 41-38. He went 33 of 56, throwing for 523 yards and 1 touchdown. This was the 3rd-highest passing yards in a single... read more
== Summary ==The cover artwork for Chris Cornell's single ''Arms Around Your Love'' (2007). The copyright of the album and the cover artwork is owned by the artist and/or the record company.==Rationale of fair use for Arms Around Your Love==# No free or public domain images have been located for this album.# The image is of lower resolution than the original cover. # The image does not limit the copyright owners' rights to distribute the album in any way.# For an article about an album, the cover... read more
Chris Pavone (born July 23, 1968) is an American novelist. He has written three novels, ''The Expats'', ''The Accident'', and ''The Travelers'' and the non-fiction book ''The Wine Log: A Journal And Companion'' (Lyons Press, 1999, ISBN 978-1558216860).Pavone's first novel, ''The Expats'', won the 2013 Edgar Award for best first novel by an American author.Before being a best-selling author, he worked at a number of publishing houses.He lives in New York City with his wife, Madeline McIntosh, and... read more
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