Eddie Vedder is one of the greatest rock musicians in American history. Renowned for his deep baritone, he is the lead singer of popular rock and roll band – Pearl Jam. The band has dropped 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. Get to know more about the rock star here, including personal facts, height, net worth and more.
Eddie Vedder’s Bio (Age)
Eddie Vedder (birth name – 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. He, however, dropped out in his senior year and later obtained his GED in the 80s. Eddie Vedder fell in love with music as a child. It served as a source of comfort for him during the unshakable loneliness he endured as a child/teen and it was only natural that he aspired to become a musician. 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, however, changed when he met fellow rocker, Jack Irons, who asked him to pen the accompanying 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. This was in 1990 and it marked the humble beginning of Pearl Jam. The band released their very first album, 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.
Family (Wife and Kids)
Eddie Vedder has been married twice in his lifetime. His first marriage was to a fellow rock musician, 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.
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. She is also 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.
Eddie Vedder has a net worth of $90 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 his troubles.
Vedder is 5 feet 7 inches tall (1.7m) and weighs 68kg or 150lb. His hair colour is brown while his eye colour is blue. Other additional body measurements are waist – 30 inches (76cm), chest size – 39 inches (99cm) and biceps – 12 inches (30cm). As a rock star, one would expect Vedder to have a liberal amount of tattoos covering his body but this is not the case. The musician only has a few non-visible tattoos. One of them is an inscription of Earth First! on his right calf. His choice of tattoo is not surprising as he is an outspoken environmental activist.