Despite being ousted (quite surprisingly) in the Top 4 weeks of Season 5, Chris Daughtry went on to have a highly successful recording career, selling the third-most albums of any “American Idol” participant behind Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
In a short period of time, he went from being a “Rocker Dad,” living in obscurity in North Carolina with his family, to being a headlining performer and successful touring musician.
Chris Daughtry Early Life and Career
On December 26, 1979, in McLeansville, North Carolina, Christopher Adam Daughtry entered the world. He was born in Lasker, North Carolina and raised there until he was 14 when his family relocated to Palmyra, Virginia. Only one sibling, a brother, shares his life with him.
By the time he was sixteen, he was seriously considering a profession in music. First, he went to Charlottesville’s Stacy’s Music Store to study with blues-rock guitarist Matt Jagger, then later he traveled to Laurinburg, North Carolina to study with Mark Ebert.
As a senior at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, he opened up for local bands. He was in the school productions of “The Wiz” and “Peter Pan” while he was a senior in high school.
In high school, he performed lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for the band Cadence that he established. All Eyes on You, the group’s sole album, came out in 1999. He occasionally provided guitar and vocals for Absent Element while in Cadence.
Eventually, he became a permanent member of Absent Element, a band that had fair success playing in and around his home states of North Carolina and Virginia. In 2005, the band put out an EP called “Uprooted” on their own label.
Daughtry’s first album, titled simply Daughtry, has a rerecorded version of the songs “Conviction” and “Breakdown” from that album. Before making it to the live performance round of “Rock Star: INXS” on CBS in 2005, Daughtry auditioned for the show.
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Chris Daughtry Personal Life
Together, Daughtry and his wife Deanna have raised four children since they wed in November of 2000. In 2010, his wife gave birth to a set of twins, joining the two children she already had from her former marriage. He has openly declared his faith in Christ. A fan of comic books, he created a cover variant for “Batman” (Volume 2, Issue 50) in 2016.
Chris Daughtry Net Worth
Chris Daughtry is an $8 million dollar American singer, songwriter, and actor. For his performance on the fifth season of “American Idol,” in which he advanced to the show’s final four, Chris Daughtry has become a household name. He subsequently went on to release a self-titled solo album and four albums with his band, Daughtry.
Chris Daughtry Real Estate
A month after being eliminated from “Idol” in June 2006, Chris purchased a 1.17-acre lot in Oak Ridge, North Carolina for $690,000. When they put the home up for sale in 2010 for $720,000, no one showed any interest. In September 2011, they were put back on the market for $699,000. He finally parted with it in September 2012 for $585,000.
In 2008, Chris spent $1 million on a different Oak Ridge residence. A magnificent property spread out over 44 acres and with numerous buildings totaling 10,000 square feet of living space. The property features an in-ground pool, fitness center, guest house, recording studio, natural stream, equestrian track, and pond that spans an area of one acre and is filled with fish. In October 2014, Chris received $2.3 million for the sale of this property.
Post Idol Career
Daughtry spent the year following his exit from “American Idol” making the rounds on talk shows including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and “The Today Show,” as was customary for candidates who placed highly.
The band Fuel contacted him to apply after seeing his performance of “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” on the show, but he turned them down because he wanted to form his own group. He announced his signing with RCA Records and subsequent album release in the middle of 2006. He went on to create a band by the same name, releasing the self-titled debut in November 2006.
It was so popular that it is still the rock album with the highest sales velocity, according to the tracking service Soundscan. Two singles from the album reached the top five on Billboard’s charts: “It’s Not Over,” which was the album’s lead single, and “Home,” which was the album’s second single.
From the album, five further singles were released, all of which did well commercially. Critical reception was mixed, but the album ended up winning the American Music Award for the favorite pop-rock album that year and was nominated for four Grammys the following year.
After its first week, it had already sold over 300,000 copies, putting it at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts. You can check TheActiveNews.Com for the latest information.