Chris Cornell (conceived Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American music artist, singer/songwriter, and lyricist. He was best known as lead vocalist for the groups Soundgarden and Audioslave. He was a two-time Grammy winner (out of 14 nominations) and was likewise known for his various solo works, soundtrack commitments since 1991 and as author and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the coincidental tribute band committed to his friend, the late Andrew Wood.
Cornell, who is viewed as one of the designers and influencers of the 1990s grunge development, is notable for his broad index as a musician, for his about four-octave vocal range, and for his capable vocal belting procedure. He discharged four solo studio collections, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth (2015), and the live collection Songbook (2011). Cornell got a Golden Globe Award designation for his melody “The Keeper” which showed up in the film Machine Gun Preacher and co-composed and played out the signature tune to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), “You Know My Name”. The last solo discharge by Chris was the philanthropy single “The Promise”, composed for the consummation credits for the film of a similar name. He was voted “Shake’s Greatest Singer” by perusers of Guitar World, positioned fourth in the rundown of “Overwhelming Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists” by Hit Parader, ninth in the rundown of “Best Lead Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and twelfth in MTV’s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”.
As per Nielsen Music, over his whole list (Soundgarden, Audioslave and solo vocation), Cornell sold 14.8 million collections, 8.8 million digital songs, 300 million on-request sound streams in the U.S. furthermore, sold more than 30 million records worldwide starting at 2017.
Cornell was discovered dead from suicide in his Detroit lodging room, early morning of May 18, 2017, after a Soundgarden show the prior night.
That’s the Chris everyone will read, but Chris was far mora than that. As you will start hearing from more in-depth testimony from his band mates, touring members, managers or anyone that had the privilege of knowing Chris will tell you he had a far bigger heart. Take this video from Pete Thorn:
The impact and influence Chris had not only in rock but music itself is obvious with all the tributes of all different types of genre, one of the best covers I’ve seen is from Norah Jones:
This haunting interpratation from Cody Jinks:
or Nouela’s version of Black Hole Sun used for the movie “A Walk Amoung The Tombstones”:
How could we forget Peter Frampton’s cover (although there was a better one he’s done before just couldn’t find it v.v):