Jerry Cantrell

(Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr.)

Jerry Cantrell
Jerry Cantrell
  • Born: March 18, 1966
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Musician, Singer, Songwriter

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Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist best known as the founder, lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains. The band rose to international fame in the early 1990s during Seattle's grunge movement, and is known for its distinctive vocal style and the harmonized vocals between Cantrell and Layne Staley (and later Cantrell and William DuVall). Cantrell started to sing lead vocals on Alice in Chains' 1992 EP Sap. After Staley's death in 2002, Cantrell took the role of Alice in Chains' lead singer on most of the songs from the band's post-Staley albums, Black Gives Way to Blue (2009), The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013) and Rainier Fog (2018), with DuVall harmonizing with him in the new songs and singing Staley's vocals in the old songs in live concerts.

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And when power ballads come back, we'll get big hair again. Power
Bands don't last. Bands don't last forever - it's a rarity when they do.
Every record that you do man, is sooo different in every way.
Every record, you've got more experiences to draw on as a writer and a musician.
I can sing fine and I can play guitar fine, but put 'em together and it becomes a thoughtful effort.
I'm doing the best I can with what I got and that's all anybody in my band is doing.
I'm going to keep thinking about topping myself every time. I can say very confidently that Alice In Chains have done that on every record. It surprises me. I don't go in there expecting that, but I do go in there hoping for it. Time
I'm just thankful to have a tour and work something I can focus on. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In '98, I locked myself in my house, went out of my mind and wrote 25 songs. I rarely bathed during that period of writing, I sent out for food, I didn't really venture out of my house in three or four months. It was a hell of an experience. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I've been a fan of Metallica and friends with those guys for a long time and that was just great - half Alice In Chains and half Metallica playing together. Time
I've never been a big soloist; I just put in what needs to be there. I'm more of a rhythm player who plays lead - or tries to play lead.
Like everybody, I'm making up my life as I go along. Life
One thing that you hope for when you want to be a musician is that you have that recognizable sound. Hope
Our music's kind of about taking something ugly and making it beautiful. Music, Chants & Rapps
Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care. Moving On
Playing for someone else's crowd is always difficult for any band.
Rehearsals and this band are two words that don't really go together, kinda like Military Intelligence.
Success has a lot to do with luck, but it also involves a lot of real hard work. The thing about success is you really can't gauge things by album sales. Success ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
That's always been a dream for me, to be able to collaborate and make music with the people that inspired you to make music. Music, Chants & Rapps
Times change and you have to adapt.
To me not one thing is better than anything else, I'm completely proud of everything I've written and recorded.
You feel different every day of your life. You just have to create your own space to survive, personally and professionally. Life