Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Rock Singer

Christopher John Cornell was an American singer and musician best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and primary lyricist and songwriter for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. He also had a solo career and contributed to numerous movie soundtracks.

Full Name
Christopher John Cornell
Jul 20, 1964
May 18, 2017
6' 2"
Net Worth


Chris Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle on July 20th, 1964 in Seattle, Washington. He was the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. As a solo artist he released five studio albums. In addition to his work as a musician, he was also an activist and philanthropist. 

Cornell began performing music at age 12 when he joined his first band called The Shemps. His career took off in 1984 when he joined the band Soundgarden with bassist Hiro Yamamoto and drummer Matt Cameron. They released their first album Ultramega OK in 1988 which gained them some attention within the Seattle music scene. Their second album Louder Than Love (1989) was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 1991 they released their third album Badmotorfinger which sold over two million copies in the U.S. and spawned several hit singles such as "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Outshined".

In 2001, after disbanding Soundgarden, Cornell went on to form Audioslave with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk and later Zack de la Rocha replacing Chris Cornell as the lead singer. Audioslave released three albums before splitting up in 2007; Out of Exile (2005), Revelations (2006) and their eponymous debut Audioslave (2002). Following this, Cornell returned to his solo career releasing Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Songbook (2011) and Higher Truth (2015).

Throughout his career, Cornell has been involved with various charity organizations including The Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation which focuses on helping vulnerable children around the world through education and nutrition programs.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1964</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Chris Cornell is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On July 20, 1964, Chris Cornell was born in Seattle, Washington.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1984</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms Rock Band "Soundgarden"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Cornell forms the rock band Soundgarden with Hiro Yamamoto and Kim Thayil.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1991</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Nomination for Soundgarden</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Soundgarden is nominated for a Grammy award for their album "Badmotorfinger".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1997</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms Supergroup "Audioslave"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Cornell co-founds the supergroup Audioslave with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2006</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Solo Album "Carry On" is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Cornell releases his first solo album "Carry On", which goes on to be certified Gold.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Reunites with Soundgarden</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Soundgarden reunites after a lengthy hiatus and releases their 6th studio album "King Animal".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Chris Cornell Passes Away</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 17, 2017, Chris Cornell passes away at the age of 52.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> His Unique Voice</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Chris Cornell had a unique and powerful singing voice that could captivate an audience. His vocal range was impressive, as he could easily transition from soft, gentle tones to high-energy screams.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> His Passion for Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Chris Cornell had an undeniable passion for music. He wrote his own songs, collaborated with other artists, and was constantly pushing the boundaries of what rock music could be. He was not afraid to experiment and try new things.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> His Legacy</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Chris Cornell left behind a legacy of great music, inspiring lyrics, and a passionate lifestyle. He will be remembered as one of the greatest rock singers of all time, and his influence on the music industry will continue to be felt for years to come.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Chris Cornell was the Lead Singer of Soundgarden</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Chris Cornell was the lead singer of the rock band Soundgarden, which he formed in 1984 with Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> He was a Member of Audioslave</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2001, Chris Cornell joined forces with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk to form the supergroup Audioslave.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> He released Five Solo Albums</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Chris Cornell released five solo albums during his career: Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Songbook (2011) and Higher Truth (2015).</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> He won Multiple Awards</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Chris Cornell won multiple awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance and three MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rock Video.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2012, Chris Cornell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is one of only a few rock musicians to receive this honor.</p></div>


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