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Chris Daughtry

Background information
Birth name Christopher Adam Daughtry[1]
Born December 26, 1979 (1979-12-26) (age 30)
Origin Roanoke Rapids, NC, U.S.
Genres Post-grunge, alternative rock
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Labels RCA
Associated acts Daughtry, Absent Element

Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry (born December 26, 1979) is an American musician and the guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist for the band Daughtry. He was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol, eliminated from the competition on May 10, 2006.

After his elimination from Idol, he was given a record deal by RCA Records. The band that was formed, Daughtry, released their self-titled debut album which sold more than one million copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album in history.[2] In its ninth week of release, the album reached number one on the Billboard charts. Chris Daughtry is now the third most successful American Idol contestant in terms of record sales, behind only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, who both won their respective seasons. At the 50th Grammy Awards, he was nominated for Best Rock Song for "It's Not Over".


Early life

Daughtry was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and raised in Lasker, North Carolina, until he was 14. His parents, Pete and Sandra Daughtry, reside in Palmyra, Virginia, where Daughtry grew up before he relocated to McLeansville, North Carolina, outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. His brother, Kenneth, lives in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.[3]

At age 16, Daughtry started taking singing seriously as a musician. He took guitar lessons from blues–rock guitarist Matt Jagger at Stacy's Music store in Charlottesville and sought advice from Andy Waldeck (frontman for Earth To Andy) who is credited first on his debut album. He performed with rock bands during his time in high school at local venues, opening for future guitarist Brian Craddock's band My Dog Lucy and Matt Jagger. Musical influences include bands like Creed, Bush, Live, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Journey, Bon Jovi, and Fuel.[4][5][6] During high school, he appeared in two stage productions: The Wiz and Peter Pan. For his first official performance, he sang "Achy Breaky Heart" at his grandfather's bar. Daughtry graduated from Fluvanna High School in 1998. Daughtry was working as a Service Advisor at Crown Honda, a car dealership in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the time he auditioned for American Idol.




Daughtry's high school band went by the name of Cadence. He sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar. They produced one album, All Eyes on You (1999), a terrible piece that can't be found anywhere . [7]

Absent Element

Daughtry sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for rock bands in Burlington.a[›] The band Absent Element consisted of Daughtry on lead vocals and guitar, Mark Perry on lead guitar, Scott Crawford on drums and Ryan Andrews on bass. Absent Element released Uprooted in 2005. This CD contains the songs "Conviction" and "Breakdown", which Daughtry combined and re-recorded as the song "Breakdown" for the Daughtry CD.

In 2005, Daughtry auditioned for the CBS singing contest Rock Star: INXS. He did not make the cut for the actual filming of the show.[4] Current drummer Joey Barnes was at the same audition and made the cut only to drop out of the running due to disagreements regarding the contract.

American Idol

Daughtry auditioned for American Idol in Denver, Colorado, with The Boxtops' "The Letter"; he was portrayed as a young rocker with Southern and hard rock influences. He passed the audition by a split decision: approved by Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, disapproved by Simon Cowell. Simon felt that Daughtry at that time was too robotic. After being given a Golden Ticket to Hollywood, he performed "The First Cut Is the Deepest", and sang "Emotion" during his trio performance with Ace Young and Bobby Bullard. The song for Daughtry's a cappella performance remained unknown until American Idol Rewind aired Season 5 Hollywood week, when it was shown that he sang Elton John's 'Your Song'.

Daughtry eventually made it out of the Hollywood Round and into the Top 24. On March 1, 2006, Daughtry's "raw" performance of Fuel's "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" received critical acclaim by all three judges. On March 3, 2006, Jackson stated in an interview that Daughtry had been offered the opportunity to become Fuel's new lead singer, as the band was at the time without a lead singer. At a welcome home party, Daughtry said he had declined the offer,[8] but, he said, "he'd still like to work with them somewhere down the road."[9] Daughtry's March 21 performance caused controversy when the apparently original rendition of Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" garnered much praise from the judges. However, viewers noted that the rendition was very similar to a version by Live; however, there was no mention of that in Daughtry's pre-performance interview. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daughtry defended himself, saying "It wasn't my doing. You say a lot of things in the [pretaped] interview, and when editing gets involved, things get cut out for time constraints. I did mention in my interview that I'm doing a different version from a band I totally respect. The lead singer of Live, Ed Kowalczyk, called me to say, 'Man, don't listen to that.'...It was really cool to get that kind of respect."[10]

Daughtry was in the final four on May 10, 2006, and found himself in the bottom two with Katharine McPhee. When asked by Seacrest who should be leaving, Cowell expressed that he believed that McPhee should be eliminated. Ryan Seacrest then announced that Daughtry was eliminated. Seacrest asked Daughtry if he was surprised. An obviously stunned Daughtry could only utter, "A little, yeah". The media grabbed hold of the surprise elimination and (practically an Idol tradition at this point) there was some controversy regarding the accuracy of the vote count on the night Daughtry was eliminated. The vote-tallying website DialIdol, however, predicted that Daughtry was the lowest vote-getter for the week.[11] In an interview after his elimination, Daughtry said that he thought he got voted off because his fans were "overconfident" that he would be safe, so they did not call and vote.

During the Season Five finale on May 24, 2006, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Daughtry performed the song "Mystery" with the band Live. After the show, "Mystery" suddenly went as high as #80 on the iTunes top 100 songs. Live's version of the song was later available for download on the band's profile with Daughtry as backup vocals.

Performance review

Week Theme Song Artist Status
Audition Free Choice "The Letter" The Boxtops Advanced
Hollywood Group Performance "Emotion"
with Ace Young and Bobby Bullard
Samantha Sang Advanced
Top 24
Free Choice "Wanted Dead or Alive" Bon Jovi Safe
Top 20
Free Choice "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" Fuel Safe
Top 16
Free Choice "Broken" Seether feat.
Amy Lee
Top 12 Songs of Stevie Wonder "Higher Ground" Stevie Wonder Safe
Top 11 Hits of the 1950s "I Walk the Line" Johnny Cash Safe
Top 10 21st Century Hits "What If" Creed Safe
Top 9 Country Music "Making Memories of Us" Keith Urban Safe
Top 8 Music of Queen "Innuendo" Queen Safe
Top 7 The Great American Songbook "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong Bottom 2
Top 6 Greatest Love Songs "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" Bryan Adams Safe
Top 5 Year They Were Born
Billboard Top 10
"I Dare You"
Top 4 Songs of Elvis "Suspicious Minds"
"A Little Less Conversation"
Elvis Presley Eliminated


After leaving American Idol, Daughtry traveled the talk show circuit, which has become commonplace for non-winners as American Idol progressed through the years. He made appearances on The Tonight Show, Total Request Live, and The Today Show. He also appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in which he performed "Wanted Dead or Alive". In a later episode of the show in which Ellen interviewed former presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush, who were collaborating on the Bush-Clinton Katrina fund, she even jokingly asked if anything could be done about Daughtry's elimination.


For the week of June 10, 2006, Daughtry's cover of "Wanted Dead or Alive" charted at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100, being named the Hot Shot Debut of the week.

On June 7, 2006, a duet version of "Mystery", the song Daughtry performed with Live on the American Idol finale, was released via Live's official website. Daughtry is featured on vocals.

On June 8, 2006, Daughtry made an appearance on the 2006 MTV Movie Awards, where he performed a parody of Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" with comedian Jimmy Fallon.

On June 16, 2006, Daughtry made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the "Father's Day Gift Ideas" segment. In this segment, he played a father who took out the trash to a talking garbage can. featured a video of Daughtry singing Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush" with a busker on the night of the American Idol finale.

On July 10, 2006, it was announced that Daughtry had signed with 19 Entertainment and RCA Records and began working on an album that was to be released in November. It was also announced that, like season 4 rocker Constantine Maroulis, he would be forming his own band. His band was formed under the name Daughtry, after the singer's last name.[12]

Daughtry's debut album was released on November 21, 2006. He reportedly told US Weekly that his album "would not be... pop." The first single off Daughtry, "It's Not Over", was released November 21, 2006.

Daughtry reached number one in Billboard Charts with his debut album. He joins Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, and Ruben Studdard as the only contestants to reach number one in Billboard 200.[citation needed]


On January 21, 2007, he performed The Star-Spangled Banner along with Khris Hand at the NFL's NFC Conference Championship game in Chicago, Illinois.

Beginning on March 14, 2007, on every episode of American Idol's sixth season's results show, Daughtry's song "Home", is played every time a participant is knocked out of the competition, as each of the losing contestants is asked to look at their own journeys. Additionally, on the final competition on May 22, 2007, he and his band performed the song live at the end of the show. It also became the song for the eliminating home team for the 2007 NBA Playoffs.

In March, Daughtry performed during the Final Four round of the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[13]

On May 27, Daughtry performed at the 2007 Indianapolis 500.[14]

The song "Crashed" was featured in a Bionicle short movie by Lego to promote their 2007 Bionicle summer sets; however the band was not credited for the music for some time. It was only later that Lego released two versions, with the United States version being Crashed.

On September 8, Daughtry performed before the 2007 Chevy Rock & Roll 400, a NASCAR event.[15]

On September 19, 2007 on ABC, Viva Las Vegas premiered, which was a tribute to Elvis Presley's career in Las Vegas. Daughtry performed an acoustic version of "Suspicious Minds".

On November 18, 2007, Daughtry 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, Daughtry 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".


On February 9, 2008, Daughtry made an appearance at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California, where he discussed how he wrote his song "Home" and co-wrote another song.

On February 25, 2008, Daughtry's song "Home" was used as soundtrack to a montage for the Carling Cup Final (Tottenham v Chelsea) on Sky Sports.

Daughtry provided vocals on a Sevendust track entitled "The Past" on their album Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow. He had previously stated he had become friends with the members of the band.

Daughtry also provides vocals on the Theory of a Deadman song "By The Way", which is featured on their third album Scars & Souvenirs.

On April 8, 2008, Daughtry appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and sang his song "Home" with The African Children's Choir.

On April 9, 2008, a video of Daughtry and his bandmates helping and singing with the people of Uganda was shown on the American Idol special Idol Gives Back. He sang his song "What About Now", and the people of Uganda sang along with him.

Daughtry appears on the song "Slow Down" on the album Revelation by Christian rock band Third Day. The album was released on July 29, 2008.

Daughtry appeared on the 100th episode of CSI: NY on November 19, 2008.


On May 6, 2009, Daughtry performed "No Surprise", the debut single for his forthcoming album, on American Idol.[16] He wrote the song with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and singer–songwriter Eric Dill.[16]

On July 2, 2009, Daughtry performed an acoustic cover of Lady Gaga's Poker Face and has received over 3 million views on Youtube.

Daughtry's second album, Leave This Town, was released on July 14, 2009. Daughtry made history with its release by becoming the first American Idol alumnus to have two consecutive #1 albums.

Daughtry kicked off a tour on August 2, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The last date of the tour was a show in Tempe, Arizona on October 13, 2009. Daughtry played a show in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina on November 12, 2009.

Daughtry and Timbaland collaborated on "Long Way Down" from Timbaland's new album Shock Value 2.

Daughtry and Jason Wade will be doing a duet on Lifehouse's fifth studio album Smoke and Mirrors. Daughtry also collaborated on writing the song "Send Me All Your Angels" for American Idol season 8 winner Kris Allen's debut album.


Daughtry performed on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest and also helped count down the New Year with Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez at Times Square.

On February 7, 2010, Daughtry performed "Life After You" and "Every Time You Turn Around" for the NFL's Super Tailgate Party outside Sun Life Stadium before the kick off of Super Bowl XLIV.[17]

Daughtry will tour with Nickelback in February and March.

Personal life

In a segment on the 2006 season of American Idol (before singing "Broken" by Seether), Daughtry revealed that he is balding and made the decision to shave his head completely in order to retain an aesthetically pleasing appearance. He has been married to Deanna Daughtry since November 11, 2000. He has two children: a stepdaughter, Hannah, born September 7, 1996 from his wife's previous marriage, and an adopted son, Griffin, born June 30, 1998.[18] In a December 2007 interview with Gibson Lifestyle, Daughtry said, "I used to call [my wife] and just quickly throw in the towel. But I’ve found that the less I say and the more I actually listen to her, and just be there without actually being there, is the best thing I can do. As a man, I always feel like I need to say something. Sometimes I have to stop myself because all I want to do is call and tell her about how much awesome stuff is going on in my life, and, you know, her day is sucking hard. I could write a book on it, I’m serious.” [19]

Daughtry and fellow Idol contestant Ace Young have been friends since they met at the show's Denver auditions, and even periodically shared an apartment as finalists. Young said they clicked because they shared similar upbringings and were both "big on family".[20] Ryan Seacrest had also dubbed them "the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon of the season" when the two were placed in the "bottom 2" together upon Young's elimination. In the final episode of the season, a clip of them in a "Best Male Bonding" segment was also shown.


For album and singles information, see Daughtry (band).


^ a: The CD of Daughtry's former band, Absent Element, began to float around the internet during the 2006 season of American Idol.


  1. ^ Macias, Chris (August 19, 2007). "Rock on!; A guide to the rest of the music-packed week". Sacramento Bee (California). pp. TK22. 
  2. ^ Whose album is the fastest selling debut rock album in Soundscan history?
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  6. ^ Daughtry at Rolling Stone
  7. ^ Ho, Rodney (April 25, 2006). "American Idol: 25 days to final: Who's who on eBay", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p. E1.
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Simple English

Chris Daughtry
Birth name Christopher Adam Daughtry
Also known as Chris Daughtry
Born December 26, 1979 (1979-12-26) (age 31)
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA
Origin McLeansville, North Carolina, USA
Genres Rock, alternative rock, post-grunge
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels RCA/19
Associated acts Daughtry, Absent Element

Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry (born December 26, 1979) is a popular American singer, best known for being the fourth-place finisher on American Idol, and for being the lead singer of Daughtry, who released their first hit album in 2006.

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