Chris Daughtry proved that the show could generate a talented rocker outside the context of the show. Of course, it helped that Daughtry was the picture of a modern rocker, living by the rulebook penned by Live and Fuel. These were the qualities that helped make Chris Daughtry the most successful new rock & roll singer of 2006.

Like any American Idol finalist, Daughtry had a history of efforts as an amateur musician. The North Carolina native — born in Roanoke Rapids, he lived in Charlottesville, VA, before gaining ground for himself in the Greensboro area — started singing in local rock bands when he was 16 years old. He continued to play locally after his high-school graduation in 1998, marrying his girlfriend Deanna in 2000, a few months after the January 2000 birth of their son Griffin (he adopted Deanna’s daughter from a previous marriage). Though he had become quite the family man Daughtry didn’t let his rock & roll dream die, as he continued to play guitar and sing in a group called Absent Element. He auditioned for Rock Star: INXS in 2005 but was rejected — a rejection that turned out to be a blessing in disguise since it freed him to try out for the far more popular televised singing contest American Idol.

Daughtry received plenty of airtime while the show’s seemingly never-ending audition rounds for two reasons: he was telegenic and he capitalized on the rocker promise of Bo Bice and Constantine Maroulis from the season prior. In the end Daughtry was one of the final four and Katharine McPhee just narrowly beat him, a result that visibly shocked the rocker.

After he was kicked off of Idol, he turned down Fuel’s standing offer of replacing their lead vocalist and set off on his own career, signing with Idol’s 19 Entertainment ensemble and RCA Records in July of 2006. By the time the record released in November, it had evolved into a project by a ensemble called DAUGHTRY (spelled all in capital letters) — the ensemble featured guitarist Jeremy Brady, guitar player Josh Steely, bass player Josh Paul, and drummer Joey Barnes, but they did not play as a ensemble on the finished record; Brady was replaced after the album’s release by Brian Craddock. Like many hotly anticipated units of the SoundScan era, it debuted high on the charts but it didn’t drop down quickly: it stayed in the Top Ten for month after month, as did the first single, “It’s Not Over.


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26 Comments »

  1. Comment by Len Hill

    Please come to Berwick, PA you could sing at the Salvation Army.

  2. Comment by Anna Lauriello

    You are an amazing artist, husband and father!! Always stay true to who you are!!! I'm forever your biggest fan since the first time I saw u audition!! God bless you and your family Chris!! Keep rockin!!!!!!

  3. Comment by Debbie Whearon

    I enjoyed your concet in Jersey but please come back to Charlesville, Va the concert you put in there was the best concert i has erer seen.

  4. Comment by Debbie Whearon

    charlesville, virginia
    misses you and your band. Please come for a concert. Iam part of a non-profit oganization that allow local bands a place to play. the goal is to have a web site that connects a singer with a band or a drummer or whatever your ban is lacking you will be able to put your ad at our website and hopefully raise enough money for to build a theater center so you and other bands could come play in Lynchburg,Va It will be kinda like the one you played at in Jersey this last sunday. But til that happens please come back to charlesville, va love your band.

  5. Comment by rachael

    Please come to the UK? Nottingham Arena? :'(

  6. Comment by Didi

    Hello… I have a question… When will you come to Romania,if ever??? :D:D:D

  7. Comment by tony

    get over to the otherside of the pond, the UK is waiting for you to arrive.rock on guys

  8. Comment by Duncan Fowler

    If you do dont come to Seattle, WA then I'm gonna have to travel transcontinental to find you guys wherever your next tour moght be. And we all know I cant afford that.

  9. Comment by Albena

    A lot of people asked you to go someplace in USA…. I have another request, it would be a dream come true if you come somewhere in europe, i'm sure you wont come to my home coutry – Bulgaria, but england will do just fine! I'm sure it will be like a dream :) Your music is part of my life, thank you for just beeing Daughtry!!!

  10. Comment by lenteellold

    Продвижение неизбежно и это факт!

  11. Comment by margie

    please come back to wilkes-barre scranto are for a concert

  12. Comment by karlea

    plz come in OREGON!!!!<3 plllllzzzzz I LOVE YOU!!! Im i huge Fan!!!!!<3

  13. Comment by PAUL

    come 2 roanoke!!!

  14. Comment by Katia

    come to france come to france!!!!!! love you!!!!

  15. Comment by Michelle

    Heya……….. Love your music! When are you going to plan a concert in Australia???????

  16. Comment by Pip V

    Chris, when are Daughtry coming to O2 in London England? I can’t wait for that day! Your music is just the best, thank you.

  17. Comment by CjChello

    It's been awhily since you been in PITTSBURH !!!!!!!

  18. Comment by Judi

    Please come to D.C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Comment by Andrea

    Please come back to the Cleveland area..Your concert was awesome!!
    Turning 40 this year..would be such a great present to see you in concert again!!

  20. Comment by The Ackermans

    Hi Chris or whoever reads these…My son is 13 and a HUGE fan. He has been watching you ever since Idol days. He is sad due to we live in Vegas and there never seems to be an all ages show that he can go to. If you come to Vegas again can you play in a Venue where kids of all ages can come and see you. You are such a GREAT role model…they are hard to fine these days.. God Bless you and keep makin GREAT music we Love you!! Tracy, Brandon and Dillon Ackerman :))))

  21. Comment by CJJ

    Chris, love your music. Been a HUGE fan since Idol. I live near Wilmington NC .. 45 mins from Myrtle Beach SC. Do you have any plans to perform in or around this area soon? Or DC or Atlantic City? I would very much like to see you and your band perform.

  22. Comment by CJJ

    Chris…. Asking about concerts again. DC or Va would be wonderful as well.

  23. Comment by CJJ

    Daughtry… are you performing this month (August) ? I can only find 3 concert dates for Sept.. nothing more. I don't know where else to search. Can you please help me? Nc, SC, FL, DC, VA, Atlantic city NJ, Boston Mass, Las Vegas… any of these places I travel to often. Would very much enjoy seeing you and your band perform. I'm a huge fan of yours.

  24. Comment by Helen Michael

    Are you ever coming to Australia to perform, would love to see you, love your new song. please, please, please

  25. Comment by peta

    COME TO MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA!!! WE LOVE U!

  26. Comment by Ell

    Any plans on heading to Australia? Love your latest album! Would travel anyway in Aus to see you !!!! :)

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