When it comes to singing talent, the apple did not fall far from the tree for Toni Cornell, daughter of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.
Although she’s only 15, Toni Cornell possesses a mature, powerful voice, which she puts to good use on her just-released first single, “Far Away Places”.
While the song’s release is recent, “Far Away Places” isn’t a new song. Written when she was just 12, her father produced the song in his Miami studio in 2017, and was reportedly one of the last songs he worked on before his death.
The song was originally featured in a short film of the same name. The award-winning short film was directed by longtime Cornell family friend Tatiana Shanks, daughter of Canadian “Stargate SG-1” actor Michael Shanks and actress Vaitiare Hirshon.
The film was inspired by the true story of how Hirshon was sexually abused at 9-years-old in Tahiti. Having heard Toni’s talents first-hand, Shanks approached Toni and asked if she would write a song for the short film.
Shanks exclusively told ET Canada that Chris and Toni read the script together before working on the song. “It’s bringing a lot of emotions back,” she said. “She worked on it with her dad. It’s such a gift, literally, from him. It’s his last piece before he left.”
“This is the most beautiful gift Chris could ever give to his daughter, his family and people everywhere,” Shanks continued. Toni will also contribute to Shanks’ next short-film called “Never Forget”.
“She’s actually planning on writing the next song for the short film I filmed in August,” she shared. “She’s working on that right now. So that will be out soon.”
Shanks is uncertain if Toni will pursue music full time, but she is confident in her friend’s abilities. “I don’t know for sure,” Shanks shared. “I think she is so talented. I know she can do it.”
Despite her young age, Toni Cornell has been performing for years, and regularly sang with her father at concerts — her first onstage performance, notes Variety, was Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” at NYC’s Beacon Theater in 2015. Watch: