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Today I feature a charming and talented singer and guitarist, Christopher Adam Daughtry born on the 26th of December 1979. Chris was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and raised in Lasker up until the age of 14. At age 16 Daughtry started to take singing seriously. He took guitar lessons from blues rock guitarist Matt Jagger and sought advice from Andy Waldeck (frontman for From Earth to Andy) who is credited on Daughtry’s debut album. He performed with rock bands during high school at local venues even once opening for his future bandmate Brian Craddock’s band, My Dog Lucy.
Chris’s high school band went by the name of Cadence where he sang lead and played rhythm guitar, they produced one album All Eyes On You in 1999. Later on Chris joined Absent Element again singing lead vocal and playing rhythm guitar. Absent Element released an album called Uprooted in 2005. In 2005 Chris auditioned for the CBS singing contest Rock Star:INXS, he did not make the cut for the filming of the show. Former Daughtry drummer Joey Barnes auditioned as well and made the cut, but later dropped out due to disagreements regarding the contract.
The majority of people first heard of Chris Daughtry when he auditioned for American Idol Season 5. He auditioned in Denver, Colorado and sang The Box Tops’ ” The Letter” which was covered by Joe Cocker. Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson gave him the go-ahead, but Simon Cowell felt Chris seemed too robotic. Judge for yourself here:
Daughtry made it into the Top 24 and on the 1st March 2006 Chris impressed the audience and the judges with his raw performance of Fuel’s “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)“, which is a great song and I was introduced to the song by listening to Chris’s performance on American Idol. I didn’t have the privilege to watch Chris’s journey on American Idol, but looked it up on Youtube years later. Chris was offered the opportunity to become Fuel’s lead singer, since the band was without a lead singer at that time, but although flattered Chris denied the offer. Chris performed a rendition of “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash on American Idol, it caused a little bit of controversy because the audience claimed that it sounded quite similar to Live’s version of the same song and that the band was never credited on the show. In the pre-performance interview a lot of content gets cut and Chris defended himself by saying that he did mention in the pre-performance interview that he was doing a different version from a band that he respects.
On the 2nd of August 2008 at the Tom’s River Fest in Tom’s River NJ, Daughtry, Ed Kowalczyk, and Live performed Live’s rendition of “I Walk the Line” together, which just proved that there was no need for any concern from Live’s fans.
Chris Daughtry was in the final four and on May 10th 2006 he unfortunately found himself in the bottom 2 with Katharine McPhee. Daughtry was eliminated and seemed quite stunned at the result.
After leaving American Idol Chris Daughtry appeared on numerous television shows which has become quite common for eliminated contestants from American Idol as the show progressed.
On the 10th of July 2006 it was announced that Chris had signed a record deal with RCA Records and 19 Entertainment. Daughtry’s self-titled debut album was released on November 21st 2006. The album reached number one on the Billboard Charts. The album features a guitar solo by Slash on the track “What I Want”, which isn’t too shabby considering its Daughtry’s debut album. How many musicians can boast about that?
“On November 18, 2007, the band was the winner of multiple awards at the “2007 American Music Awards” (ABC Television). The winning categories were: 1) Pop or Rock: Favorite Album – Daughtry; 2) Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist; 3) Favorite Breakthrough Artist. On December 6, 2007, the band was nominated for four 50th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Rock Album for Daughtry, Best Rock Song for “It’s Not Over“, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “Home”, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “It’s Not Over”. ” -Quote obtained from Wikipedia
On May 6th 2009 Daughtry performed “No Surprise” their first single of their second album ‘Leave This Town’ on American Idol. Chris Daughtry wrote the song with Nickelback’s vocalist Chad Kroeger. Leave this Town was released on the 14th of July 2009, Chris Daughtry made history with its release, because he became the first American Idol alumnus to have two consecutive number one albums. This is quite an achievement since he didn’t even win the competition. Leave This Town was the first album that Daughtry wrote and recorded as a band, since their debut album was written and recorded before the band was officially formed.
On the 2nd of July 2009 Daughtry performed an acoustic cover of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face and the video has received over 25 million views on Youtube. I’ll be honest at first I didn’t really like the cover (I didn’t take it too seriously at first), but the more I listened to it the more it grew on me.
You can view it here:
Chris Daughtry is a huge comic book fan and he was delighted when Daughtry got the opportunity to write and record a song for the video game Batman: Arkham City. “On September 5, 2011, Daughtry tweeted that the song “Drown In You” is exclusive to the soundtrack and will not be featured on his upcoming album.” – Wikipedia, 18th September 2012
On September 15th 2011 Daughtry posted Renegade on their official website, a song from their upcoming album Break the Spell. On the 19th of September 2011 Daughtry posted Crawling Back To You another song off of their upcoming album.
Chris Daughtry provided vocals on a Sevendust track called ‘The Past’ on their album Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow. Alter Bridge members Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy appear on the same album which should give you an idea of the calibre of talent featured on the album. In the same year Chris provided backing vocals on Theory of a Deadman’s track ‘By The Way’ which was featured on their third album ‘Scars and Souvenirs’. Chris also appeared on the song ‘Slow Down’ on the album Revelation by Third Day. In 2009 Daughtry collaborated with Timbaland on the track ‘Long Way Down’ on Timbaland’s album Shock Value II featuring various artists including Chad Kroeger, Justin Timberlake, One Republic and The Fray to name a few. During this time Chris also co-wrote a few songs with band Day of Fire.
In 2010 Chris and Jason Wade performed a duet on Lifehouse’s fifth album Smoke & Mirrors on the song ‘Had Enough’. Chris also co-wrote a song with Kris Allen for his debut album. Chris Daughtry performed lead vocals on a cover of Def Leppard’s song Photograph with Carlos Santana on his album titled Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time which featured many talented rock stars such as Linkin Park, Scott Stapp, Chris Cornell and Jacoby Shaddix to name a few.
I think what sets Chris Daughtry apart from other rock stars is his charisma, his trademark vocal belting technique, his honesty and that he is a great father and a family man. Average people can relate to him and many people got to know him in the course of his American Idol journey. In my opinion his elimination from American Idol may have been the best thing that could have happened to his career, because he didn’t have to conform to the contractual obligations I imagine that a winner from American Idol will have. He became well-known and he was free to pursue his career in the way he wanted.
“Belting (or vocal belting) is a specific technique of singing by which a singer produces a loud sound in the upper middle of the pitch range. It is often described as a vocal register, although some dispute this since technically the larynx is not oscillating in a unique way.Singers can use belting to convey heightened emotional states.” – Wkipedia, 18th September 2012
The lyrics from his song ‘Life After You’ has been quoted countless of times, specifically “All that I’m after is a life full of laughter”, because it resonates with so many people. I really admire his relationship with his wife Deanna, because they were married before he auditioned for American Idol and stayed together ever since. I can’t even imagine the strain a marriage would have to bear when one partner becomes famous overnight. I really admire both of them for enduring that challenge and still being able to raise 4 children well. It requires daily work to keep a relationship going without all those others factors thrown in. So I salute both of them and wish them all the happiness they deserve.
My first rock concert was when I went to see Daughtry live in Cape Town at the Grand West Arena on the 27th October 2010. The band put on a fantastic performance and I was enchanted the whole way through. After the show Chris tweeted that Cape Town was one of the best shows that they have ever played. My boyfriend even managed to get me Josh Steely’s pick!
Chris Daughtry previously mentioned on Twitter that he was listening to Thirty Seconds To Mars’s This Is War album and forgot how good it was. More recently a fan asked if Chris would ever consider collaborating with Thirty Seconds To Mars and he replied that he would love to since he is a fan of their music. I hope that maybe it will happen someday, wouldn’t that be an interesting combination!
Daughtry is currently touring with Nickelback on the European leg of their Here & Now tour.
Tour dates can be found here: http://www.daughtryofficial.com/us/events
Daughtry will be releasing their music video for ‘Start of Something Good’ off of their album Break The Spell soon.
Here is a sneak peak:
Off of Daughtry’s debut album I love the fast-paced ‘There and Back Again’ and the aggressive ‘What I Want’.
My favourites from ‘Break The Spell’ is the feisty, adrenaline fuelled ‘Renegade’, the lovable rock tune ‘Break The Spell’ and the touching, addictive ‘Rescue Me’.
Thank you for reading!
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