Eddie Vedder is one of the greatest rock musicians in American history. Renowned for his deep baritone, he is the lead singer of the popular rock and roll band, Pearl Jam. The band has released several multi-platinum albums and has equally won many awards. Vedder and his bandmates are also popular for their activism and are credited with popularising the grunge genre of rock music.
Edward Louis Severson III was born on the 23rd of December 1964 in Evanston, Chicago, Illinois. His biological father’s name was Edward Louis Jr. while his mother’s name was Karen Lee Vedder. His parents divorced when he was barely a year old and his mom remarried a man named Peter Mueller. The singer spent his formative years in San Diego and attended San Dieguito High School.
Dropping Out of High School and Finding Purpose With Temple of the Dog
Eddie Vedder dropped out in his senior year and later obtained his GED in the 80s. It is said that he fell in love with music as a child as it was a source of comfort for him during the lonely periods of his early life. As such, it was only natural he embraced it as an avenue to express himself.
Upon leaving high school, Vedder worked various odd jobs whilst pursuing his music. He also joined several local bands in the San Diego area but couldn’t get a breakthrough.
Vedder’s fortunes changed when he met fellow rocker, Jack Irons, who asked him to pen the lyrics for some songs. Vedder wrote the lyrics and also recorded the vocals. The end result was so amazing that two rock musicians, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, who were looking to start a band, reached out to him. He worked with them on the Temple of the Dog project, pulling off a duet with Chris Cornell who founded the project to honor Andrew Wood, a musician that died in March 1990 as a result of a heroin overdose.
The duet became the breakout single of Temple of Dog titled Hunger Strike. It marked the beginning of greater accomplishments for Vedder as it led to him being part of Pearl Jam.
Eddie Vedder Became a Mainstream Musician as Lead Vocalist of Pearl Jam
When Gossard, Ament, and Mike McCready who were all part of the Temple of the Dog project formed Pearl Jam in 1990, they recruited Eddie Vedder who became the lead vocalist of the band that initially went by the name Mookie Blaylock.
The band released their first album titled Ten in 1991. The album was quite successful and featured hits such as Alive, Even Flow, and Jeremy (which won video of the year at the 1993 MTV VMAs). The album would go on to sell over 13 million copies and has been certified platinum 13 times.
Since this mind-blowing debut, Pearl Jam has gone on to release several other successful albums such as Vs, Vitalogy, No Code, Yield, Binaural, Riot Act, Pearl Jam, Backspacer, and Lightning Bolt. The band has also received numerous accolades including an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
His First Solo Album Was Released as a Soundtrack for the 2007 film Into the Wild
As expected, Eddie Vedder would test his clout as a solo artist. This saw him release Into the Wild on September 18, 2007. The album was based on his contributions to the soundtrack for a biographical adventure drama film of the same title.
The album mostly received positive reviews, attaining silver, gold, and platinum status in countries like United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. It peaked at no. 11 on US Billboard 200 and no. 2 on US Billboard Soundtrack Albums. A track titled ‘Guaranteed’ won him a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. He was also nominated for the Best Original Score with Michael Brook and Kaki King.
The track (Guaranteed) also earned him a nomination for Grammy’s Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Eddie has received other nominations for prestigious awards. His second solo album titled Ukulele Songs was released on the 31st of May 2011.
Eddie Vedder’s Net Worth Is Estimated Around $100 Million
Eddie Vedder has a net worth of $100 million. His significant fortune largely stems from his accomplished musical career. Together with his bandmates, Vedder has sold over 32 million albums in the U.S. alone. The group has also sold a further 85 million worldwide.
Asides from album sales and concert earnings, Vedder has also composed songs for the soundtracks of several movies including Dead Man Walking, Reign Over Me, I am Sam, and more. There is no doubt that the Chicago native must have been handsomely compensated for these efforts.
Acting Has Also Contributed To His Massive Fortune
Disregarding what he has earned directly from his music career, acting has been a massive source of income for the multi-instrumentalist. The singer-songwriter has either appeared as himself or featured as an actor/performer in numerous projects meant for both the small and big screen.
From The Late Show to Saturday Night Live and Late Show with David Letterman, Eddie has been seen in multiple television shows, at least 30 if we must attach a number to it. Similarly, he has been a part of over 30 movies, from documentaries to concert films and whatnot.
The public may never know what he earned from all of these projects but no one needs to be told they have contributed in no small manner to the fortune he commands.
The Musician Was Once Married to Beth Liebling
Eddie Vedder has been married twice in his lifetime. His first marriage was to a fellow rock musician named Beth Liebling. Liebling is a bassist and drummer, as well as a member of the instrumental group, Hovercraft.
They commenced their relationship in 1993 and tied the knot in Italy in 1994. Their union lasted for six years and they divorced in 2000. The marriage reportedly crashed due to Vedder’s workaholic nature, as well as cheating allegations on both sides.
He Got Married to His Second Wife in 2010 and They Are Now Parents to Two Daughters
Vedder is now enjoying marital bliss with Jill McCormick. They commenced their relationship in 2000 and got engaged nine years later, in 2009. Their nuptials took place in September 2010 in Hawaii.
The couple has two daughters named Olivia and Harper. Jill McCormick is a former model and has appeared in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Ellen, and Vogue. She is now a renowned activist and philanthropist and supports several charities.
Along with her husband, Alexander Silver, Jamie Silver, and Heather Fullmer, she is the co-founder of the EB Research Partnership: a non-profit organization that is dedicated to finding a cure for a genetic skin disorder known as Epidermolysis bullosa.