Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell


7/20/1964, Seattle, Washington, USA

Birth Name

Christopher John Boyle



Also Known As

Audioslave, Soundgarden
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Chris Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle, Washington on July 20th 1964. Chris is the second youngest of Karen and Ed Boyle's 6 children. His father was a pharmacist and his mother worked as an accountant. His parents divorced when Chris was in his early teens.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Chris is recording a third solo album which will be produced by hip hop producer Timbaland.

    • Chris Cornell's vocal performance in his song "Say Hello 2 Heaven" was ranked #3 on's 100 Greatest Vocal Performances of all time.

    • Cornell worked as a producer and a backing vocalist on Screaming Tree's Uncle Anethesia.

    • In Hit Parader magazine, Chris is listed at number four on their list of the 100 greatest metal vocalists of all time.

    • Chris along with the other members of Soundgarden once received death threats while on a U.K. Tour, caused by the song "Jesus Christ Pose".

    • Cornell appeared as support to Aerosmith on at least one leg, Dublin, of their 2007 world tour.

    • Chris's wife is Vicky Karayiannis. She gave birth to their son, Christopher Nicholas, on December 5th, 2005.

    • Chris is a multi Grammy Award winner, having won two with Soundgarden, as well as being nominated for another with them, and being nominated for one for the song "Can't Change Me" off "Euphoria Morning".

    • Chris's first wife was Susan Silver, who was the manager of Soundgarden and Alice In Chains.

    • Chris's first album to break into the mainstream was Soundgarden's album "Badmotorfinger", considered their breakthrough album.

    • On MTV and MTV2's special 22 Greatest Voices in Music, Chris ranked 12.

    • The video for the song "Jesus Christ Pose" was banned from MTV in 1991.

    • When playing with his solo band live, he typically plays a few songs he wrote while in Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, such as "Spoonman", "Black Hole Sun", "Outshined", and "Say Hello 2 Heaven".

    • Chris has been a band member on five different platinum albums, three with Soundgarden, and two with Audioslave.

    • With all his bands, Chris has released over 30 singles and 9 studio albums.

    • Chris Cornell's best selling album is "Superunknown" with Soundgarden, which went 6x platinum.

    • Chris Cornell has played in three bands, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, four if you count his solo band.

    • Cornell has had five #1s on Billboard Mainstream Rock, and two #1s on Billboard Modern Rock.

    • Cornell's songs "Reach Down", "Say Hello 2 Heaven" (Temple of the Dog) and "Outshined" were all about his former roommate Andrew Wood.

    • Chris Cornell performed at KROQ's 2007 L.A. Invasion.

    • In February 2007, it was revealed Chris had quit Audioslave, citing "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences." Instead, Chris will continue with his solo career with the release of Carry On, his second solo album, on May 1st, 2007.

    • Chris released his second solo album "Carry On" in 2007.

    • Chris recorded the theme song for the James Bond movie, Casino Royale. The song is called You Know My Name.

    • Son, Christopher Nicholas, with wife Vicky Karayiannis born 05 December 2005.

    • Audioslave's self titled debut album was released 19th November 2002.

    • He formed the band Audioslave with former Rage Against the Machine band members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk in 2000.

    • Chris Cornell released his debut solo album entitled Euphoria Morning on 21 September 1999.

    • Chris Cornell is 6'3" (1.91 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Chris: (on his decision to leave Audioslave) Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavours.

  • One in a million voice.

    Great rocker.
  • I sa personal favorite because I think he's the greatest rock singer of all time.

    Chris Cornell, is the most amazing singer to walk this earth. Nobody ever had such a wide range of vocals like he does. Sure, his voice may be fading, but remember when he was in Soundgarden? Songs like "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Black Hole Sun" showed how truly amazing he is. Even when he was in the less talented band Audioslave, his singing still made the songs worth listening to. Now, he's a solo artist, playing at KROQ's L.A. Invasion, with far less talent that he would've had ten years ago. Seeing Soundgarden live would have been amazing. Chris Cornell's singing would have just split my ears open thinking, "Whoa, my ears can't take how much bottom this kicks."moreless