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Daughtry

Building on his start as one of the most popular finalists of American Idol's fifth season, Chris Daughtry's post-Idol career spanned the archetypal modern rock of his early albums to the folk- and dance-tinged territory of 2010s albums such as Baptized. Where Bo Bice proved that American Idol could have a rocker as a finalist, Chris Daughtry proved that the show could generate a successful rocker outside the context of the show. Of course, it helped that he was the polar opposite of Bice, a shaggy retro-rocker soaked in the South. Bold and bald, Daughtry was the picture of a modern rocker, living by the rulebook written by Live and Fuel. These were the qualities that helped make Chris Daughtry the most successful new rock & roll singer of 2006, as well as one of the most successful Idol graduates in the show's history.

Like many American Idol finalists, Daughtry had a long run as an amateur musician. The North Carolina native -- born in Roanoke Rapids, he lived in Charlottesville, Virginia before establishing himself in the Greensboro area -- began singing in local rock bands when he was 16 years old. He continued to play local shows after his high-school graduation in 1998, marrying his girlfriend Deanna several months after the January 2000 birth of their son Griffin (he also adopted Deanna's daughter from a previous marriage). Family man he may have been, but Daughtry didn't let his rock & roll dream die, as he continued to play guitar and sing in a band called Absent Element. He also auditioned for Rock Star: INXS in 2005 but was rejected -- a rejection that turned out to be rather fortunate, as it freed him to audition for the far more popular televised singing competition American Idol.

Daughtry was featured heavily during 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 previous season. Moreover, he was bald and handsome, had a terrific smile, and his devotion to family made for great TV. Daughtry sailed through to Hollywood and made it into the final 12, where he was hailed as a standout and soon seemed to be a favorite to win. Daughtry mania began to peak in March when his rendition of Fuel's "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" caused such a sensation that rumors began to fly that Fuel wanted to hire him as their lead singer -- something that proved to be no rumor, as the modern rock group, savoring the new press, practically pleaded for his presence after he was voted off the show. But this was still two long months away -- two months in which he continued to be one of the top draws in the season, even courting some controversy when he sang Live's arrangement for Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line." This moody reinterpretation was misinterpreted as a Daughtry original, and on the results show, he had to clarify where he had learned this version. Still, this controversy paled to his exit from the show in May: Daughtry was one of the final four and Katharine McPhee just narrowly beat him, a result that visibly shocked the rocker. Daughtry would soon have the last laugh.

After he was kicked off Idol, he turned down Fuel's standing offer of replacing their lead singer and set off on his own career, signing with Idol's 19 Entertainment group and RCA Records in July 2006. By the time his album materialized in November, it had turned into a project by a band called DAUGHTRY (spelled all in capital letters), whose lineup featured guitarist Jeremy Brady, guitarist Josh Steely, bassist Josh Paul, and drummer Joey Barnes. They did not play as a band on the finished album, though, as Brady was replaced after the album's release by Brian Craddock -- a matter of semantics overlooked by most, especially in light of the album's blockbuster success. Like many hotly anticipated albums of the SoundScan era, it debuted high on the charts, but surprisingly remained in the Top Ten for months. Leadoff single "It's Not Over" proved to be equally popular. This meant that DAUGHTRY was not only a huge hit by Idol standards, it was one of the few hit rock albums -- period -- in 2006.

By February, it was evident that Chris Daughtry's popularity eclipsed his American Idol rivals Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, as DAUGHTRY was certified the fastest-selling debut album in SoundScan history. Five hits charted in the Top 40 before the singer set to work on a sophomore album. Released in 2009, Daughtry's Leave This Town was a solid follow-up to his hit debut album and featured more of his signature back-to-basics modern rock sounds. In 2011, Daughtry returned with the album Break the Spell. Once again produced by Howard Benson, who helmed Daughtry's 2007 self-titled debut and 2009's Leave This Town, Break the Spell featured the leadoff single "Renegade." That first single made little impact on radio, but the subsequent "Crawling Back to You" reached number six on the U.S. Adult Pop charts, a chart that also welcomed "Outta My Head" and "Start of Something Good" later in 2012; overall, Break the Spell became the band's first album to not go platinum. Baptized, Daughtry's next album, reflected this subtle shift toward adult pop, as the group worked with Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls (among other outside writers and producers) in an attempt to develop a lighter, brighter sound. Preceded by the single "Waiting for Superman," Baptized appeared in November 2013. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: Crawling Back To You (Single)

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Track List: Long Live Rock & Roll (Single)

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Track List: Waiting For Superman (Single)

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Love gone to soon
Love you Daughtry!
Daughtry you r beast!!! ��
I like these guys simply because they prove that it is possible to actually get the f**k out of this state and 'make it'.

Other than James Taylor, they're the only ones to do it. (musically, of course)
Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
Love you Daughtry! ;D |*
Anyone who believes that freaks me out stuff is a dumb a**! STOP IT!
This freaked me out. This isn't fake.apparen t l y , if you copy and paste this on 10 different comments. You will have the best day tommorow. U will either get asked out or kissed. If you break this chain you will see a dead girl a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next someone will say I love you or I.
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry

officerdtbas h b y
This freaked me out! This isn't fake apparently u copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will have the best day tomorrow. U will either get asked out or kissed. If you break this chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 min someone will say I love you or I'
Singing along with Chris!
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow it will be the best day of your life.Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five songs you will die. Post this in five songs in 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary but it accually works
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Love this band
LOVE. IT
Blah what happened to the Daughtry I loved? This album is super cheesy... for example, the song Barttleships with the doo-whop sounding backup singers? WTF? And he's gotten way too preachy, too. I've liked all their albums until this one :(
pinchaspreil 3
Pretty much one of maybe three american idol contestants who had success after the show.
I love his voice
I wish I could sing like you guys!
Chris Daughtry should have won American Idol. Guess he showed the voters!
m.kkiely
Awesome
i lov there song, waiting on superman :D
Great music to listen to when ur depressed
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
inspiring... . .
I'm finally HOME from vacation!! Can't wait to talk to my friends
baileyhanafi n
This. Song. Is. To. Pandora
breannabug39 2 8
Love you such great songs
Such great singers!!! U guys have a good taste in music:)
#crapyheadph o n e s lol need to get new ones but this song is amazing!!!! Follow4 follow?^_^
~4evermusic1 4
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day ofyour life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works
Awesome voice
Awesome
My sister is finally HOME!!
Follow me I will follow you back!
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emanuelaceve s 6
After to your first song i haven't stoped listening to your other song God bless you guys you rock
I think this might be my fav artist so far lol they got swag music nice taste u got there boys
Say iPhone 5 times then on another song, and look under your pillow
Love this song.... Thou I don't think I could be over him.
Home makes me think of my neighbor. He's not here any more. Both of my grandpa's died before I was born and so my neighbor was like my grandpa that never had he was in world war 1 & 2. He would always tell me stories about him in the war
Lol Chris Daughtry was on my cereal box and I flipped! Not literally though, im about as athletic as a disabled manatee.
Love this song
What if your making me all that I was meant to be.......I love that beautiful
This song reminds me of a girl I love but she doesn't know it
madduxlackey
I love you Chris Daughtry I love a lot of your songs I know all your albums
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