Chris Cornell

  • Celebrity
  • Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Profession: Rock singer

Fast Facts

  • Worked for several years as a fish handler for a Seattle seafood wholesaler.
  • Began his music career playing drums in a cover band.
  • After forming Soundgarden in 1984, released his first studio album with the band, Louder Than Love, in 1989 on A&M Records.
  • Collaborated with future Pearl Jam members Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard in Seattle's Mother Love Bone, whose 1990 self-titled debut featured the smash hit "Hunger Strike."
  • Following Soundgarden's demise in 1997, made his solo debut two years later with the largely acoustic Euphoria Morning.
  • Formed Audioslave, a "supergroup" featuring three of the four former members of Rage Against the Machine, in 2001; the band released three albums in a four-year span before calling it quits.
  • Along with his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and her brother, opened the Paris restaurant-nightclub Black Calavados in 2006.


  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Hard Rock Performance: Winner
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Metal Performance: Winner


  • Toni — Daughter
  • Lillian Jean Cornell — Daughter
  • Susan Silver — Ex-wife
  • Vicky Karayiannis — Wife
  • Christopher Nicholas — Son