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TORONTO, ON - October 2, 2011 - Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Chris Cornell has announced an album of live performances titled Songbook (Universal Music Canada) that will be released on November 21. Songbook features songs written by Cornell as well as several covers.

In addition to being one of the most acclaimed voices in rock, Cornell stands in a class of his own as a songwriter whose works has reached limitless audiences, the world over. Familiar songs emerge in a new context, showing that great songwriting translates to any idiom.

“The Keeper”, one of the tracks from Songbook is featured in the Marc Forster directed film Machine Gun Preacher, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. The film stars Gerard Butler and is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to help the children of East Africa.

Songbook Full Track Listing:

1. As Hope and Promise Fade
2. Scar On The Sky
3. Call Me A Dog
4. Ground Zero
5. Can't Change Me
6. I Am The Highway
7. Thank You (Led Zeppelin)
8. Cleaning My Gun
9. Wide Awake
10. Fell On Black Days
11. All Night Thing
12. Doesn't Remind Me
13. Like A Stone
14. Black Hole Sun
15. Imagine (John Lennon)
16. The Keeper

Chris Cornell has been heralded as one of the pioneers of the grunge era for writing a string of hits for Soundgarden, including the Grammy award-winning "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman". In 1991, Chris formed Temple of the Dog, writing the classic song "Hunger Strike" featuring a duet with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. In 2000, Cornell joined former Rage Against the Machine members (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk) in Audioslave and wrote a series of hits including "Like a Stone", "Be Yourself" and "Doesn't Remind Me". Cornell's career as a songwriter for film has included such songs as "Can't Change Me" and "Mission" from the soundtrack to Mission Impossible II, as well as hit theme song "You Know My Name" for James Bond thriller Casino Royale, one of the most successful installments of the spy franchise to date. His songs have been recorded by diverse artists from Johnny Cash to Alice Cooper.

After performing the song on The Late Show with David Letterman and making an appearance on PBS' Tavis Smiley, don't miss him performing "The Keeper" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 12. Cornell begins his acoustic solo Songbook tour on November 1 in Memphis, TN with Canadian dates TBC.

Praise for Chris Cornell's Songbook shows:

"Cornell...carried the entire show with ease, demonstrating just how capable he is of commanding a stage all by himself. He was an absolute powerhouse, belting out songs with a voice that rocked the rafters." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Chris Cornell still possesses the best voice in rock music... this 'Songbook' is open and it's worth reading again and again because the author is one of the most important artists to ever walk the face of the earth." -

"Sometimes you don't recognize the full power of a voice until you strip everything away from it. Such was the case with Chris Cornell's drop dead great show at Town Hall last night....the approach served to reveal both the full force, and the utter control, of his singing… as well as how rare his timbre remains." - New York Daily News

"The two-hour, nearly two-dozen-song performance was a master class in the fine art of solo performance... he wove tender folk-tinged ballads, hard-rock torch songs, and soaring anthems into a cohesive whole, telling a few tales in between, 'Storytellers'-style." - Boston Globe

"It was a powerful concert, gathering momentum and stoking more emotion as it progressed." - Boston Herald</p

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