Legendary vocalist and guitarist Chris Cornell is best known as the moving force behind Soundgarden, as well as lead power vocalist for alternative metal supergroup Audioslave, and founder of Seattle-based rock group Temple Of The Dog. The prince of 90s grunge is gearing up for his fourth solo record titled Higher Truth, which drops September 18th.
The record is produced by 2-time Grammy winner Brendan O’Brien, who has worked with iconic names such as Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Cornell commented to Rolling Stone just last week about his newest collection of songs which focus around his iconic 4-range octave voice.
“I wanted the album to be intimate and small, and so I didn’t want to hire a band… I also know how Brendan works. He’s very focused and very quick and he always makes the right choices. Some of it was a leap of faith for me, but everything I wanted to get out of our relationship I got and none of the fears I had came to fruition at all. I feel like I got pretty lucky.”
The first single “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” has recently made its way through radio airwaves. The video, which premiered over the weekend, is directed by Jessie Hill and follows Cornell along with featured actors Erik Roberts (The Expendables, The Dark Knight) and Earl Brown (There’s Something About Mary) in their cell on death row in a ghostly western town. By the help of a special friend, Cornell eventually escapes his public hanging.
Cornell kicks off his acoustic tour for Higher Truth at Balboa Theatre in San Diego the same day the record is released. The singer will be donating $1 from every ticket purchased to go toward the Chris & Vicky Cornell foundation which aims to raise money for children facing challenges through abuse, poverty, and homelessness.