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Chris Cornell Biography

Birth Place:
Seattle, Washington, United States
Singer, musician

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 Temple of the Dog, 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


  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006Satellite Awards-Best Original Song: winner


  • Peter Cornell -- Brother
  • Lillian Jean Cornell -- Daughter
  • Toni -- Daughter
  • Katy -- Sister
  • Suzy -- Sister
  • Christopher Nicholas -- Son
  • Vicky Karayiannis -- Wife