Corey Todd Taylor, a future singer and musician then, drew his first breath on 8th December in the year 1973. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but he grew up in Iowa’s Waterloo, where his mother raised him alone. His mother was of a Dutch and Irish descent, while the father had Native American and German roots. Reportedly, he became fond of rock-n-roll in his childhood when his grandmother gave him to listen to Elvis Presley.
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When Corey Taylor was just fifteen, he started to use drugs and experienced an overdose twice. More or less at that time, he began to live with his grandmother, but later chose his own path. In the early 20s, he almost died due to the overdose, but was saved by the doctors.
Corey Taylor began his music career by founding a hard-rock group named Stone Tour. In collaboration with Josh Rand, Shawn Economaki, and Joel Ekmanm, they recorded the group’s demo album in 1993. Following their first demo, they recorded another demo album one year later.
However, while being in Iowa, Corey Taylor was offered to join the band titled Slipknot. The singer, since he felt that he has more perspectives and opportunities to realize his potential in the new band, agreed to join the Slipknot.
On 22nd August in the year 1997, Corey Taylor made his debut performance in Slipknot, which all but failed. A month later, there was another performance of the Slipknot, and, then, the singer impressed everyone with his mask that he wore during the performance. All the fans and commentators were amazed by such performance, and it, since then, has become natural to see Corey in various masks during his performances.
While being in the Slipknot, Corey Taylor, as a regular vocalist, took part in recording the band’s second demo album as well as their debut album. The album titled “Slipknot” appeared in 1999 and became the top 1 in the chart of the Top Heatseekers. In 2001, the group issues another album, named “Iowa”, which reached the first place in the charts of the United Kingdom and the third place in the Billboard 200 chart. The third album “Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)”, released in 2004, reached the top 2 in the Billboard 200. “All Hope Is Gone”, the band’s fourth out of five albums, finally topped the chart of Billboard 200.
Apart from his outstanding performances in the Slipknot, Corey Taylor also recorded albums with his first band, Stone Sour, as well as with other groups – namely Apocalyptica, Soulfly, and Damageplan. He obtained the Revolver Golden Gods Award in 2013 (and in 2010 nominated) and the Loudwire Music Award in 2015.
Apart from his music activities, Corey Taylor wrote three books. The latest book is titled “You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left.”
As for the part of Corey Taylor’s biography that concerns his private life, it was a quite hard piece for him. The first time he met his father when he was already over 30 years old. Apart from problems with drugs, several times he tried to commit a suicide. Once, as he confessed, his wife, Scarlett Stone, persuaded him not to do so. He married Scarlett Stone on 11th March 2004 after she gave a birth to his son, Griffin Parker. Corey Taylor also has a daughter, named Angeline, from the preceding relationship. However, the couple separated three years later.
Corey Taylor’s height is around 5’ 7’’ or 1.7 meters.
While being in Slipknot, the band released the following albums:
1) Slipknot (1999)
2) Iowa (2001)
3) Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2004)
4) All Hope Is Gone (2008)
5) 5: They Gray Chapter (2014).
The singer has also been in a number of bands and took part in recording over 20 albums.
Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020