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Christopher Adam Daughtry was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. His parents, Pete and Sandra Daughtry, reside in Lake Monticello, Virginia in Palmyra, Virginia, where Daughtry was raised before he relocated to McLeansville outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. His brother, Kenneth, resides in Victoria, Virginia.
In his spare time, Daughtry is an artist, specializing in drawing and painting young boys, and he reads comic books avidly. At the age of 16, Daughtry started taking singing seriously as a professional musician and became a performer with other rock bands during his time in high school. It was while in high school that he appeared in two stage productions: The Wiz and Peter Pan. His first public performance was singing "Achy Breaky Heart" at his grandfather`s bar. He graduated from Fluvanna High School in 1998. Daughtry`s first job was a service worker at a car dealership at Crown Honda, in Greensboro, North Carolina. 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.
Daughtry was a lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of his own rock bands in Burlington. The CD of Daughtry`s ex-band, Absent Element, began to float the internet during the 2006 season of "American Idol."
In a segment on the 2006 season of American Idol, 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 one step-daughter from his wife`s previous marriage, and one adopted son. His daughter, Hannah Price, was born in July 1998, and his son, Griffin Daughtry, was born in January 2001.
Before Daughtry rose to fame on American Idol, Daughtry was the lead singer for the band Absent Element. 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 & Breakdown, which Daughtry combined and re-recorded as the song Breakdown, which appears on the Daughtry CD.
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 Chris at that time was too robotic.
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. On May 11, 2006, the day following his Idol departure, Extra also took up the scoop. At a welcome home party Chris Daughtry said he had declined the offer.
Daughtry was in the final four on May 10, 2006, and in a shocker was eliminated from the competition. He was in the bottom two with Katharine McPhee. After Ryan Seacrest announced Chris was going home that night, both Daughtry and McPhee were extremely shocked. Seacrest asked Daughtry if he was surprised. An obviously stunned Daughtry could only utter, "A little, yeah".
There has been some controversy regarding the accuracy of the vote count on the night Daughtry was eliminated. The vote-tallying website DialIdol predicted that Daughtry was the lowest vote-getter for the week.
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 5 finale on May 24, 2006 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Daughtry performed the song "Mystery" with the band Live. After Daughtry`s performance with Live, "Mystery" was as high as #80 on the ITunes top 100 songs. The downloadable song later appeared on Live`s MySpace.com profile.
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." 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 on Young`s elimination. In the final episode of the season, a clip of them in a "Best Male Bonding" segment was also shown. Devoted fan alliances of the friendship between Daughtry and Young, referred to as "Chrisace" or "Chrace," have materialized on the Internet.
On American Idol, clips of every one of Daughtry`s performances except for his a cappella performance during Hollywood Week were featured on the show. Daughtry sang "The Letter&
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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, the competition that he was eliminated from on May 10, 2006. After his elimination from Idol, he was given a record deal by RCA Records and formed a band called Daughtry. Their self-titled debut album became the fastest selling debut rock album in Nielsen Soundscan history, selling more than one million copies after just five weeks of release. The album was recorded before the band was officially formed, making Chris Daughtry the only official member present on the album.
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