About Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell was a modern innovator who transcended genre. He was a chief architect of the 90s grunge movement and is internationally recognized as one of the best musical voices of our time. Achieving multi-platinum success with three legendary bands – selling over 30 million records worldwide – he forged his unique identity over three decades as a Grammy award-winning and Golden Globe nominated singer, a songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist.
Cornell’s career began with Seattle’s trail-blazing Soundgarden, whose wild soundscapes combined visceral punk attitude with artistic depth. Powerfully original, Soundgarden was the first of a generation of Seattle bands to sign to a major label in 1989. Their work continued to evolve over the course of seven groundbreaking albums.
In 2010 Soundgarden made an historic return to the live stage and through 2017 toured the world, releasing the all-new studio album, King Animal, to widespread acclaim.
Chris continually redefined his sound and vision. In 1990, side project Temple of the Dog saw him experiment with a more soulful style alongside the future members of Pearl Jam. Later in the decade, his critically acclaimed solo album Euphoria Morning combined lush melody and instrumentation with lyrics which spoke of alienation and despair.
As the millennium turned, he joined with three other musical pioneers from Rage Against the Machine to create supergroup Audioslave. The multi-platinum band released three albums and toured stadiums around the world, becoming the first American rock group to perform a massive free concert in Castro’s Cuba. Cornell has also collaborated with many different artists, most recently the Zac Brown Band on their single “Heavy is the Head”, which peaked at #1 on rock radio in the US.
His soundtrack work has spanned both big budget and independent cinema. He was the first male American artist to write and perform the theme song for a James Bond movie (“You Know My Name” for Casino Royale). He wrote the end title song “Live to Rise” for The Avengers, the third highest grossing film of all time. He duetted with Joy Williams on his song “Misery Chain” which appeared on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and his song “The Keeper” from Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2012.
Cornell’s solo acoustic Songbook tour attracted sellout crowds and critical acclaim worldwide. Jim Farber of the New York Daily News observed, “sometimes you don’t recognize the full power of a voice until you strip everything away from it.” The tour’s reinterpretations of classic Cornell songs are featured on his 2011 live album of the same name.
Higher Truth, his fifth solo album, reflects an expressive intimacy similar to that of Songbook, while also displaying his evolution and growth as a master craftsman songwriter. Following the album’s release Cornell embarked on a critically acclaimed worldwide sold out tour which was followed by a tour with Temple of The Dog, marking the first time the band has toured since they released their storied and groundbreaking self-titled album over 25 years ago. All dates sold out immediately.
Cornell used his music to support causes that help foster change. The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is currently raising funds and partnering with charitable organizations to mobilize support for the most vulnerable children facing issues surrounding including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.