The widow of Chris Cornell has founded he Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program in honour of the late Soundgarden frontman’s birthday.
In what has been a tragic anniversary following the suicide of close friends Chester Bennington, the wife of Cornell, Vicky Cornell, set up the foundation with a $100,000 donation in a bid to support vulnerable children.
“Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children,” she said.
The foundation will be open to children under the age of five.
In a press statement, Childhaven CEO Jon Bottem said, “Music has the power to engage, to delight, and to heal. Thanks to the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation, more of our most vulnerable children will be able to use music to build the resilience they need to reach their full potential.”
To coincide with what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday, Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard shared a very special message on his official website: “Your talent was jaw dropping… your songs, lyrics, your voice… how could you have all three,“ he writes. “All of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you.”