Chris Cornell

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Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell performing live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, 2007
Background information
Birth name Christopher John Boyle
Born July 20, 1964 (1964-07-20) (age 52)
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Alternative rock, Hard rock, Grunge, Alternative metal, Post-grunge, Heavy metal, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, vocalist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, drums, bass, mandolin, banjo
Years active 1984–present
Labels SST Records (1984–1988)
Sub Pop/A&M/Universal Music (1989–2000)
Epic (2001–2005)
Suretone/Interscope (2007–present)
Mosley Music/Interscope (2008–present)
Associated acts Soundgarden
Temple of the Dog
Alice Mudgarden 1992

Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle on July 20, 1964) is an American singer. He is best known as the singer in the grunge band Soundgarden. He started the band in 1984 with lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.[1]

He released his debut album in September 1999, Euphoria Morning. Later, in 2001, he began the supergroup Audioslave with the former members of Rage Against the Machine. Cornell recorded three albums as Audioslave's singer until the band's breakup in early 2007. His second solo album Carry On was released to mixed commercial success in June 2007.

Cornell was also the singer in a band, Temple of the Dog, that was formed as a tribute to a musician, Andrew Wood, who had died.[2]

Personal life[change | change source]

Cornell was first married to Susan Silver, the manager of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. They had a daughter, Lillian Jean, in June 2000. He and Silver divorced in 2004. In December 2008, Cornell said that he had finally won back his collection of 15 guitars after a four-year court battle with Silver.[3]

He is now married to Vicky Karayiannis.[4] She is an American publicist of Greek heritage. She gave birth to his second daughter, Toni, in September 2004, and his third child, Christopher Nicholas, in December 2005.[5] Cornell converted to the Greek Orthodox Church because of her faith in the church.[6]

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