We wanted a legendary example. Chris Cornell made sense.

Seeking Musicians: Cello, Saxophone, Upright Bass, Vocals (Alto) Interested?

Chris Cornell
Featured PRO Musician
Years Playing Music

Age 59

Commitment Level
Practice Schedule
Acoustic, Alternative, Other, Rock
Gigs Played
Available to Gig
4-5 times a week

Available for Session Work Yes

Performing Rights Org.

Chris Cornell (1964-2017) was a modern innovator who transcends genre. He was the chief architect of the 90s-grunge movement and remains one of the best voices of all time. Achieving multi-platinum success with three legendary bands – selling over 30 million records worldwide – he forged his own unique identity over three decades as a Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist.

In a Band
Reads Sheet Music
Recording Experience
Session Musician
Signed to a Label

Band Name Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, Center for Disease Control Boys, Alice Mudgarden, M.A.C.C.

Record Label SST, Sub Pop, A&M, Epic, Suretone, Interscope, and Mosley

Musical Influences

The Beatles, The Doors, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Pavarotti, Beethoven, and Mozart.

Equipment List

Shure microphones, Martin and Fender guitars, Tama drums, Yamaha keyboards, TC Helicon pedals, Peavey mixers

Session Musician

Cornell’s solo acoustic ‘Songbook’ tour attracted sellout crowds and critical acclaim worldwide. Jim Farber of the New York Daily News observed, “sometimes you don’t recognize the full power of a voice until you strip everything away from it.” The tour’s reinterpretations of classic Cornell songs are featured on his 2011 live album of the same name.

Price Range for Session Work

$137 - $150

per hour

Recording Experience

Cornell continually redefined his sound and vision. In 1990, side project Temple of the Dog saw him experiment with a more soulful style alongside the future members of Pearl Jam. Later in the decade, his critically acclaimed solo album EUPHORIA MORNING combined lush melody and instrumentation with lyrics which spoke of alienation and despair. And as the millennium turned, he joined with three other musical pioneers from Rage Against the Machine to create supergroup Audioslave. The multi-platinum band released three albums and toured stadiums around the world, becoming the first American rock group to perform a massive free concert in Castro’s Cuba. Cornell has also collaborated with many different artists, most recently the Zac Brown Band on their single “Heavy Is The Head”, which peaked at #1 on rock radio in the US. He also recorded a song for Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music to be released in 2018.


His career began with Seattle trailblazers Soundgarden, whose wild soundscapes combined visceral punk attitude with artistic depth. Powerfully original, they were the first of their generation of Seattle bands to sign to a major label in 1989 and their work continued to evolve over the course of seven groundbreaking albums. Soundgarden made a historic return to the live stage in 2010 and have since toured the world, releasing the all-new studio album, KING ANIMAL, to widespread acclaim.


Cornell’s soundtrack work spanned both big budget and independent cinema. He was the first male American artist to write and perform the theme song for a James Bond movie (“You Know My Name” for Casino Royale). He wrote the end title song “Live to Rise” for The Avengers, the third highest grossing film of all time. He duetted with Joy Williams on his song “Misery Chain” which appeared on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and his song “The Keeper” from Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2012.


HIGHER TRUTH, his fifth solo album, reflects an expressive intimacy similar to that of SONGBOOK, while also displaying his evolution and growth as a master craftsman songwriter. Following the album’s release Cornell embarked on a critically acclaimed worldwide sold out tour which was followed by a tour with Temple of The Dog, marking the first time the band has toured since they released their storied and groundbreaking self-titled album over 25 years ago. All dates sold out immediately.

Say Hello 2 Heaven

Temple of the Dog


Seeking musicians for: Cello, Saxophone, Upright Bass, Vocals (Alto)

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