Christopher Adam “Chris” Daughtry (born December 26, 1979) is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry and as the fourth-place contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. After his elimination from Idol, he was given a record deal by RCA Records and formed a band called Daughtry.
Chris Daughtry was born in Roanoke Rapids and raised in Lasker until he was 14. His parents, Sandra and James “Pete” Daughtry,reside in Palmyra, Virginia, where Daughtry grew up before he relocated to McLeansville, North Carolina, outside of Greensboro. His brother, Kenneth, lives in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
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 rare piece that can sometimes be found on eBay. Daughtry later sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for rock bands in Burlington such as Absent Element.
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 would later combine and re-record as the song “Breakdown” for the Daughtry CD
Daughtry auditioned for American Idol in Denver, Colorado, with The Box Tops’ “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.