Jerry Cantrell (born Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. on March 18, 1966 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington) is an American musician, songwriter and singer. Founder of the group Alice in Chains>, for whom he composes, sings, writes the lyrics and occupies the position of guitarist. He released two solo albums between 1998 and 2002 and played briefly with Ozzy Osbourne from 2004 to 2005. Cantrell has also collaborated with such bands as Heart, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Circus of Power, Metal Church, Gov't Mule, Damageplan, Pearl Jam, The Cult, Stone Pilots Temple, Danzig, Glenn Hughes, Duff McKagan and Deftones.
In 2004, the magazine Guitar World ranked 38> in its ranking of the best metal guitarists. The same magazine three years later ranked his guitar solo from the title Man in the Box to 77> place of his 100 greatest guitar solos. In 2006, the British magazine Metal Hammer awarded him the title of "Riff Lord".
Jerry Cantrell Jr. Fulton. was born on March 18, 1966 in the city of Tacoma, in the state of Washington. His father is a veteran who participated in the Vietnam War and his mother, Gloria, is an amateur musician who played the organ. Cantrell was seven years old when his parents divorced, he was placed under the care of his mother's sister as well as his older brother. The second of his brothers - David remains with his father. Cantrell's mother died in 1987 as a result of cancer.
Cantrell attended the high school and high school junior high school in Spanaway, WA, he had attended the high school choir that attended numerous state competitions. Cantrell became choir president, and the quartet sang the national anthem during basketball games and won first prizes. He grew up with country music, which, as he says in an interview - he has always admired the way emotions are conveyed. At age 12, he became interested in the guitar, but it was only five years later that he began playing it seriously. At the age of 18, he gave his first concert with a group of covers of the repertoire of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. He cites groups and musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Heart, Black Sabbath and Queensrÿche as major influences.