Written by: Jarrett Crepeau
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As many know, we lost one of the greatest voices of rock and roll in May 2016, Chris Cornell to suicide. Known for his time as the lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and his time with Temple of the Dog with Eddie Vedder, as well as his solo career. He was also a very charitable person, in 2012 he started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation with his wife which works alongside other organizations to help children who are facing neglect and poverty. The last Soundgarden tour lined up with Nation Child Abuse Prevention month, a cause Chris supported by giving away a guitar signed by the band.
In a recent film directed by Terry George titled The Promise, that tackles the Armenian Genocide through a dramatic love story. Chris Cornell wrote a song for the film under the same name, the last song he ever wrote. He felt the film’s story resonate with him as his wife Vicky is Greek and her family was affected by the tragic event. The song released in March 2017, and Chris announced that all proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee. The song was nominated for a 2018 grammy for Best Rock Performance. He also visited a refugee camp in Athens with the charity and listened to stories from children about being separated from their families. In an interview after the visit, Chris explained why this charity was so important to him. He said,
“I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to make a career doing something I love. Not every kid gets those opportunities. I’m in a fortunate position to use music to support important causes that help foster change.”
In a recent PSA, his children Toni and Christopher as well as stars from the film The Promise, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, and George Clooney vowed to “to keep the promise” alongside fellow musicians like System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian who worked of music for the film with Cornell, his former Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello, Soundgarden member Matt Cameron, and more like Ozzy Osbourne, Snoop Dogg, and Elton John. They all vowed to keep the promise and continue Chris’s memory by helping children and refugees in need. Chris Cornell would be proud to see all these people standing up for what he believed in, as well as his children. We miss you Chris, rest easy. You can watch the video and listen to the song below.