Corey Taylor, born on December 8, 1973, is an American singer and actor who is famously known for being part of Slipknot and Stone Sour as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the bands. Taylor’s hard work, resilience, and consistency have won him an elevated space in the metal music genre. His rise to fame began in his earlier days in Stone Sour — a band he co-founded with drummer Joel Ekman — and when he joined Slipknot. “Hit Parader” considers Taylor as the 86th of the ‘Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.’
Corey Taylor is a familiar name to all metal music fans. He has won himself a seat in the heart of metal music lovers. Just like every other human, Taylor has been through thick and thin, but unlike many, he managed to make strides both in his life and the music industry. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, to an Irish and Native American father and a Dutch-Irish mother, who mostly raised him. Unfortunately by the time he was 15, he was well addicted to drugs.
He started his music career in 1992 with the American band, Stone Sour, which he and Ekman co-founded. Between 1992 and 1996, they recorded a demo album. In 1997, Slipknot, a metal band, invited Taylor to join them. He accepted the offer and temporarily dumped Stone Sour. On August 27, 2002, they released their self-titled self-debut album which came 46th on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2006, “Come to What(ever) May,” their second album, debuted at number four on the same chart. Taylor released Slipknot’s debut album “Slipknot,” which came first on the Top Heatseekers chart and went viral in the U.S., getting listed in the 2006 book, “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.” In 2013, he was cast in the “Fear Clinic” and featured in the horror movie “Bullied.”
Taylor’s marital life hasn’t been an easy one. He is the father of three daughters from two unsuccessful marriages. He married his first wife, Scarlet, in 2004 but divorced in 2007. He later married Stephanie Luby in 2009, had his third daughter with her, and separated from her in 2017. In 2019, he married Alicia Dove and has been with her ever since.
Taylor and Joel Ekman establish their band Stone Sour.
Taylor signs to join Slipknot after being approached by members of the band.
Taylor wins the Revolver Golden Gods Awards' Best Vocalist Award.
Taylor reveals he was sexually abused at 10.
The metal singer wins the Legend award of the Kerrang! Awards.
Taylor releases "C.M.F.T." through Roadrunner Records.
Why We Love Corey Taylor
He is a philanthropist
Taylor founded The Taylor Foundation — a non-profit and charity organization launched to raise funds for the treatment of servicemen suffering from P.T.S.D. He is truly one of a kind.
He is resilient
Taylor encountered so many downs in his journey to greatness enough to break him down — from growing up with a single parent, getting sexually abused, to drug addiction. He, however, managed to dare all odds and pushed on.
He has a forgiving heart
Despite the distance his father kept from him throughout his formative years, Taylor still welcomed him when he came back. This was after 30 long years!
5 Surprising Facts
He met his father at 30
Taylor never got to know his father until he turned 30.
He attempted suicide
Taylor had attempted several suicides, including trying to jump down from the eighth floor of a story building and overdosing.
He respects his first wife
Despite later getting divorced, Taylor respected his first wife, Scarlet, and did what she wanted, as is seen when she asked him to either get sober or leave — he chose to get sober.
He wants to work with Eminem
He wants to collaborate with Eminem and other rappers like Jay-Z, Dre, Public Enemy, and Ice T.
He dislikes ducks
When Taylor was asked if he could fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck, he said he would fight all ducks at all times.
Corey Taylor FAQs
Why did Corey Taylor leave Slipknot?
Taylor left Slipknot after his first two albums went platinum to revive his former band, Stone Sour.
Does Corey Taylor like rap?
Yes. Taylor likes to try new kinds of stuff and Slipknot had rappers at the beginning.
Did Slipknot replace Corey Taylor?
Taylor replaced former Slipknot vocalist Anders Colsefni.
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