Corey Todd Taylor (December 8, 1973 (Des Moines, Iowa) sometimes known by his number 8, is an American musician best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of American Heavy Metal band Slipknot and Hard Rock band Stone Sour. Taylor was raised by his single mother. Awards alongside Scott Ian of Anthrax and The Damned Things. Corey Taylor is a founding member of Stone Sour, and has released three studio albums with the band. Taylor joined Slipknot in 1997 to replace their original singer Anders Colsefni. Taylor constantly alters between bands, as seen in 2001, after the release of Iowa, where he rejoined Stone Sour immediately after touring. Taylor writes and sings in styles that vary by genre. Taylor was ranked number 86 in Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.
Corey Taylor was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 8, 1973, the first of three children. He lived in Orlando briefly with his uncle, George Robson though Taylor was mostly raised by his mother in Waterloo, Iowa, a place described by Taylor as a "hole in the ground with buildings around it."
Taylor said this "developed some sense of Slipknot in [himself]." While Halloween introduced Taylor to masks and horror themes, Taylor's grandmother introduced him to rock music, showing him a collection of Elvis Presley records from the mid-fifties to late seventies. Taylor also began listening to Black Sabbath at a young age, beginning with their early work.
By age fifteen, Taylor had developed a drug addiction and had overdosed on cocaine twice. Taylor and his father first met when Taylor was an adult, and now have a strong relationship. On September 17, 2002, Corey's then-fiancée, Scarlett Stone, gave birth to their son Griffin Parker. Taylor also has a daughter named Angeline, born in 1992 from an earlier relationship. Taylor and Stone married on March 11, 2004, and divorced three years later. Corey Taylor is very passionate about politics. Taylor gained interest in campaigning and managed to raise up to $45,000 in funds towards The Obama Campaign. The funds were mostly facilitated through extensive Stone Sour tours. Taylor has also had alcohol abuse problems, which his ex-wife, Scarlett, helped him through as well as keeping him from committing suicide. Before Stone Sour started recording Come What(ever) May in January 2006, Taylor was sober. On August 3, 2009, he co-hosted the 2009 Kerrang!