Guitarist and songwriter with the grunge and rock band Alice in Chains who also pursued a solo career.
He was raised on country music and says he considers himself half-redneck. One of his first bands was Diamond Lie.
He was the president of his award-winning school choir and sang the national anthem at sports events.
His father is a Vietnam veteran; Jerry dedicated the song "Rooster" to him.
Cantrell's song "Rooster" has been used in several television shows and in the Judd Apatow film This is 40.