Musician Chris Cornell was born July 20, 1964, in Seattle. In the mid-1980s he formed the group Soundgarden. The group earned multi-platinum status and two Grammys. He released his solo debut to critical praise in 1999. The next year, he formed the group Audioslave with Rage Against the Machine members. He left Audioslave in 2007 and released his second solo attempt. In 2008, he won a Grammy.
He rebelled against faith and power as a youth. After his parents’ divorce (the kids embraced their mom’s maiden name, Cornell), Chris acted out by using drugs and stealing—and learning to play the drums.
In the mid-1980s Cornell formed the group Soundgarden with Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Hiro Yamamoto, who was afterwards replaced by Ben Shepherd. The group earned multi-platinum status and two Grammy Awards before parting ways in 1997. Remarkable records contain 1991’s Badmotorfinger, 1994’s Superunknown and 1996’s Down on the Upside.
The group’s second record, 2005’s Out of Exile, reached platinum status.
Chris Cornell left Audioslave in 2007 and released his second solo effort, Carry On, after that year.
Enduring for a long time from depression, social phobias, and substance and alcohol misuse, Cornell checked himself into rehab in 2000 and has been sober since. He along with his ex wife, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden manager Susan Silver, possess a daughter, Lillian Jean. He married publicist Vicky Karayiannis in 2003; they got two kids.