News – Chris Cornell

October 9, 2018

Soundgarden and Family Honor Chris Cornell at Seattle Statue Unveiling

A massive crowd gathered on a misty Sunday to honor the late grunge pioneer Chris Cornell. The Seattle Museum of Pop Culture unveiled a life-size bronze statue of the late Soundgarden singer, which was commissioned by his widow, Vicky Cornell. She was there with their children Lily, Toni and Christopher, as well as Cornell’s former bandmates Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd.
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September 20, 2018

When Bad Does Good

“Since Chris’ sudden passing I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world. I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him – the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist.  His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many.  His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans.” – Vicky Cornell. Learn more + hear “When Bad Does Good” at

July 18, 2018

Chris Cornell Infinity Tee

“Soon after Chris passed away, I was inspired to make a care package for the last Soundgarden crew from the fateful April/May tour of 2017. With the help of Josh Graham and Chris Siglin,we created shirts, stickers and hoodies for our crew. Since March 2018, I have been wearing the “Chris stage shirt” I designed and fans have been loving it on social media. Josh Graham and I created a new version of my “Chris stage shirt” that I hope our fans will like as much as I do. Vicky Cornell and I have decided to make the shirt available to the public, with all proceeds going to our various charities. Wear it with pride. Thank you and Loudest of Love to you all.” – Matt Cameron

The Chris Cornell Infinity Tee (featuring artwork by Matt Cameron and Josh Graham) is available now at: Proceeds from the sale of this shirt will benefit The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation.

June 27, 2018

World Refugee Day

My father, Chris Cornell, taught me to help those that are less fortunate and to speak for those who do not have a voice. I am grateful to have visited the refugee camps with him and International Rescue Committee. For #WorldRefugeeDay this year I want to share this song we recorded together in honor of all he believed in. All proceeds from its sale on iTunes will go to the IRC, an organization he supported with his last video, The Promise , that was also released for World Refugee Day last year . Babies and children are being separated from their parents at the US border. It is not ok for this to continue. This isn’t about politics, it’s about children and babies. Please help us continue to #keepthepromise for my dad and let’s all help protect the most vulnerable children. – Toni

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February 26, 2018

Hear Chris Cornell Interpret Johnny Cash Poem ‘You Never Knew My Mind’

“You Never Knew My Mind” features a powerful vocal from Chris Cornell and previously unpublished words written by Johnny Cash. The song, one of Chris’ last solo recordings, is on ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words,’ a new album featuring songs created from Cash’s unknown poetry, lyrics and letters.
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February 8, 2018

Chris Cornell Appears On Upcoming Album ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’

Chris was very happy to be included on the upcoming ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’ project, an album featuring unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters written by Johnny Cash and set to music by an amazing selection of musicians. Coming April 6.

December 21, 2017

Chris Cornell Honored with Scholarship at UCLA’s School of Law

A coalition led by Vicky Cornell has created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law.

The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the endowment is a fitting tribute to Cornell.  “This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world,” he said.

Chris Cornell died in May 2017 at the age of 52, but his artistic and humanitarian legacy lives on.  “Vicky Cornell and all the people paying tribute to Chris Cornell’s tremendous legacy are helping to ensure that the law school will extend and strengthen its commitment to our students and to the pursuit of justice,” said UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin. “Through the work of the Promise Institute and the scholarships that this fund will support, Chris Cornell’s influence will be felt at UCLA Law and beyond for generations to come.”

“My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world,” Vicky Cornell said. “UCLA School of Law is an institution known for its academic excellence and we are proud the Chris Cornell Scholarship will provide funding for future students and future leaders of the world under the leadership of Dean Mnookin and Chancellor Block.”

December 1, 2017

‘The Promise” Nominated For Satellite Award

‘The Promise’ has been nominated for an International Press Academy Satellite Award for best Original Song. Read the full list of nominees here.

November 28, 2017

‘The Promise’ Nominated for Grammy

‘The Promise’ by Chris Cornell has been nominated for a Grammy in the ‘Best Rock Performance’ category for 2018.

November 17, 2017

Chris Cornell Awarded Inaugural ‘The Promise’ Award By Human Rights Watch

On November 15, Chris’s widow Vicky attended a fundraising dinner for The Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she accepted the organization’s inaugural Promise Award on behalf of her late husband, for his song ‘The Promise’. Vicky was accompanied by Chris’s bandmates, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden.

Watch Serj Tankian present the award to Vicky, Kim and Matt here.

The presentation was followed by a special performance of “The Promise” by Ryan Tedder and Drew Brown of OneRepublic.

Inspired by the film and song that powerfully depicted the atrocities committed against the Armenian people; the award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way.

Fittingly, the inaugural honor was awarded to the late legendary singer and songwriter Chris Cornell in recognition of his song, The Promise. The award was presented by Producers of The Promise Eric Esrailian, Mike Medavoy, Writer/Director Terry George, and Singer/Songwriter, Human Rights Activist, and Composer Serj Tankian. All proceeds from the song go to benefit refugees and children, and the dinner raised over $1.8 million, setting a new fundraising record for the Human Rights Watch’s LA Chapter.

Kim Thayil said: “We were honored to be at the presentation of the “Promise” award by Human Rights Watch to Vicky Cornell in recognition of Chris’ humanitarian work We’re proud the award’s name will be shared with that of his song and in honor of his commitment to universal justice, freedom & dignity.”

Justin Connolly, Director of Human Rights Watch’s Los Angeles Committee, said: “We are proud to name this award after The Promise, and present the inaugural award to Chris Cornell’s inspiring song.”

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