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Jerry Fulton Cantrell (born March 18, 1966 in Tacoma, Washington), is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known for his work with the grunge band Alice in Chains, as lead guitarist, backing and co-lead vocalist, and co-lyricist. He has written or co-written every song in the Alice In Chains catalog except for "Queen of the Rodeo", "Hate to Feel", "Angry Chair", and "Head Creeps". He performs lead vocals on his solo projects, and is part of Alice in Chains' harmonizing dual-vocal style. He resides in Los Angeles and spends time on his family ranch in Oklahoma. Jerry is currently on tour in North America supporting Alice In Chain's first new studio album in over 14 years, Black Gives Way To Blue.
Jerry Cantrell would serve in Alice in Chains as the lead guitarist, co-lyricist, co-vocalist and main composer, until the group's near-permanent hiatus in the late 1990s, leading up to April 2002, in which lead singer Layne Staley died from a speedball overdose.
Since Staley's death in 2002, the band has reformed with its surviving members. Beginning in 2005, Cantrell has joined Alice in Chains in a number of performances featuring singers such as Maynard James Keenan, Mark Lanegan, James Hetfield, Phil Anselmo, Billy Corgan, Patrick Lachman, Scott Weiland, and William DuVall. Although he acknowledges the benefits of working as a solo artist, Cantrell has expressed his happiness with being back in the band culture. On September 29, 2009, Alice in Chains, with William Duvall as lead vocalist, released their first record since the death of Layne Staley, Black Gives Way to Blue, and are touring in support of the album.