Frontman of the Week – Brad Arnold

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3 Doors Down was formed in 1996 and Brad has fronted the band since their formation. Brad has a unique tone to his voice as well as a well-rounded smoothness to his voice which is apparent in 3 Doors Down’s slower songs. Brad Arnold was born on the 27th of September 1978, which means he is currently 34 years old and he was born in Escatawpa MS.

During interviews Brad has said that as a songwriter he likes songs that have some kind message, the song doesn’t have to be philosophical or really deep, but a song has to have a message to carry through to the listener. Brad further mentioned that he tries not to preach too much in his songs, because he wants people to relate to his songs since their songs are about everyday life.

Brad has embraced the internet and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, because it provides a direct line of communication with his fans and you can get immediate feedback from them without any restrictions.

3 Doors Down’s latest album was released on the 19th of November 2012 and its a compilation of their Greatest Hits over the past 10 years. Their song Kryptonite launched their career and Brad recalls that it was an amazing time for the band when it took off, because they wrote the song when they were teenagers and they badgered a local radio station to play the song for two years.

One of the three new songs on their Greatest Hits album was written about a 65 year old man that lived down the road from Brad at his camp by the river in South Mississippi, they would always sit around the fire, drinking beers and throwing wood on the fire. The man had a stroke and was in a coma for a week and it got him thinking about the difficulty of letting a loved one or a friend go. Brad had seen him only four days before he had the stroke and it really got Brad thinking about him and his wife. The man passed away two days after Brad wrote the song “Goodbye”. Brad sent the song to a friend of his down there and asked him to play the song for everyone, since its a really close-knit community. His friend let him know that he will play it for them in about 2 weeks time, because they might not be ready to hear it yet. Brad believes that the saddest songs have the most impact on people’s lives and he is always proud when he hears that one of his songs had an impact on someone’s life.

Brad married horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford on the 12 of September 2009 in a 120 guest ceremony in his hometown of Escatawpa. As childhood friends the couple reconnected after Brad’s divorce from his first wife in 2006. If you would like to read a little more about the couple follow the link here:http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20304129,00.html

Close to Brad’s heart is The Better Life Foundation that was started in 2003, the foundation’s goal being to improve the lives of children. TBLF provided aid and assistance to the Gulf coast region of Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. 3 Doors Down and The Better Life Foundation host an annual concert to raise money for the charity. Along with the concert an auction takes place which includes items from musical friends, sports stars and various supporters of the band and the charity. Past performers at the show include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Staind, Hinder, Switchfoot, Tracy Lawrence and Sara Evans among others.

The most rewarding thing about 3 Doors Down and Brad’s career has been The Better Life Foundation and when they first went Gold it was a pretty proud moment for the band. 3 Doors Down started touring when Brad was just 20 years old and he was still living with his parents at that time. He continued to live with his parents up until he got married a couple of years later, so the first place his gold record ever hung was on his bedroom wall in his parent’s house. He invited all of his friends over so they could come look at it.

3 Doors Down start their tour with Daughtry today in Pikeville, Kentucky and it promises to be a smashing rock show for the whole family to come and see.

3 Doors Down’s latest single “One Light” made its debut at the Republican National Convention where the band performed the song live. Brad states that the song is not politically motivated although it does seem to apply to the election in some way. He further went on to say that the song itself is much bigger than the (then) upcoming elections and that it is meant to be a message to people to give back more to the world than that which they take away. Brad hopes that young people will take inspiration from the song and provide a solution to at least one problem in their community, school or family environment.

I get the impression that Brad Arnold is a very talented songwriter and musician as well as a humble and charming person. I wish him all the best for his future endeavours and I hope to listen to 3 Doors Down for many years to come.

You can follow 3 Doors Down on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/3doorsdown

Greg Upchurch: https://twitter.com/Gregupchurch

Chet Roberts :https://twitter.com/croberdog

Todd Harrell: https://twitter.com/Toddh3dd

Chris Henderson: https://twitter.com/Chris3dd

Brad Arnold: https://twitter.com/Brad3DD

The Better Life Foundation: https://twitter.com/BetterLifeFound

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Brad Arnold

Brad Arnold
Source: http://loudwire.com/3-doors-down-brad-arnold-inspiration-one-light/
Photographer: Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Chris Daughtry’s cover of Pink’s Try

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I heard a lot of buzz on Twitter concerning Daughtry‘s cover of Pink’s song Try which just seemed to come out of the blue. I just listened to it and of course its a powerful interpretation of the song and proof just again of how talented Chris Daughtry really is. So without further ado here is the video.

I know Pink isn’t in the genre that this blog is dedicated to, but I have to give credit where credit is due. The video of Pink’s new single “Try” is astounding to say the least and she never ceases to impress with her physical acrobatics, voice and absolute fearlessness. How many artists in the pop/rock genre do you know who can swear in their songs and still come out on top of the charts. Here is the official music video for “Try”.

Enjoy!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Recent News 24/09/2012 – 30/09/2012

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Daughtry‘s bass player Josh Paul is leaving the band

Josh Paul

Josh Paul Daughtry’s bass player
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On the 24th of September 2012 , Josh Paul announced on Twitter that he will be leaving Daughtry after six years.

“Josh Paul Statement: Hello my Daughtry friends and fam, I’d like to start this note by saying that you are all amazing! The love and support that you give to the band and to me is overwhelming and beautiful. I couldn’t ever ask for better…

fans and friends. The time has come for me to bow out and let the band continue on without me. This has been a very difficult decision, as these are not only my band mates, but my brothers. For six years we have worked to build something special together, not only on stage and in the studio, but in our lives. I wish the band all the the luck and success that they deserve! I not only want to thank the guys in the band for all that we’ve accomplished together, but I really want to thank all of you for your undeniable support. Daughtry truly has the best fans! I love you all!!! JP @therealjoshpaul And always remember to SMILE!!!!”
JP
This was Josh Paul’s statement that was posted in Daughtry’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/daughtry
I’m sure all of Daughtry’s fans are sad to see the charming bass player leave the band. JP is such a positive person and he is always ready to interact with his fans on Twitter. From the start JP made it very clear that it was HIS own decision to leave the band and that there was no drama involved in the decision. Through Daughtry JP has gained a lot of fans who will continue to support his future endeavours. I can only be grateful that I got to see him play live, before he made this decision. You can read Chris Daughtry’s official statement on their official website here: http://www.daughtryofficial.com/us/news/official-daughtry-statement
You can follow Josh Paul on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheRealJoshPaul
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators release Bad Rain music video!

On the 26th of September 2012 Slash announced the release of his new music video Bad Rain, which is one of my favourite songs off of Apocalyptic Love. I more or less had the same visualisation of the song in my head when I first heard it, maybe less the skeleton part :).

Shannon Leto will no longer be collaborating with Antoine Becks
On the 27th of September Shannon Leto from Thirty Seconds To Mars made it very clear that he will no longer be working with Antoine Becks.
Here is the post for those of you who missed it:
Shannon Leto's Tweet

Shannon Leto’s Tweet on 27/09/2012

Godsmack and Staind pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell during Texas Uproar Festival
Godsmack has always stated how much of an influence Pantera has had on their career so a tribute to Pantera in their hometown was imminent.
Fans were treated to a performance of Pantera’s This Love from Godsmack joined by Mike Mushok and Aaron Lewis of Staind. This Love comes from Pantera’s 1992 release ‘Vulgar Display of Power’.
Members of Fozzy and P.O.D among others later joined the bands on stage and even Rita Haney, the longtime girlfriend of late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott joined in at the other side of the stage.
You can view some of the videos members of the crowd recorded during this special performance here: http://loudwire.com/godsmack-staind-perform-pantera-this-love-texas-uproar-fest/
Rock Regards,Lauren K

Frontman of the week – Chris Daughtry

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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:

Start of Something Good

Behind the Scenes of Daughtry’s new video for ‘Start of Something Good”
Source:http://www.daughtryofficial.com/us/official-photos/595029

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!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry has worked hard to achieve these results.
Source: https://twitter.com/CHRIS_Daughtry/status/243087241860231169

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You can follow Chris’s beautiful wife on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Mrsdaughtry

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