Multi-platinum recording artist Daughtry has announced a new UK tour following the release of his fourth full-length studio album ‘Baptized’. This is Daughtry’s first headline UK dates since 2010 and will see Chris and his band perform four shows culminating at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 26th March.
Daughtry is the rock band fronted by Chris Daughtry, finalist from American Idol Season 5 (2005). Behind only Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry is the third-biggest selling American Idol alumnus around the world. Baptized is the fourth full-length studio album and takes the band in a new musical direction. Motivated by intensely creative writing sessions with the likes of Martin Johnson [Boys Like Girls], Sam Hollander [Gym Class Heroes, Coheed and Cambria] and Claude Kelly [Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston], the singer, songwriter and musician quickly discovered the direction of his latest body of work.
Motivated by intensely creative writing sessions with the likes of Martin Johnson [Boys Like Girls], Sam Hollander [Gym Class Heroes, Coheed and Cambria] and Claude Kelly [Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston], the singer, songwriter and musician quickly discovered the direction of his latest body of work.
“I needed a change,” admits Chris. “I started hearing these new sounds over my voice, and it was so inspiring. There wasn’t just one style either. It was a completely different vibe all around. I really wanted to pursue that to the fullest. This is probably one of the most inspiring records I’ve ever done.”
It would’ve been too easy for him to simply repeat himself considering he and the band have been on quite a hot streak since their 2006 self-titled became the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history, and was certified four times platinum in the US. 2009’s Leave This Town gave them their second consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, while Break The Spell reached gold status in merely four weeks of release in 2011. Throughout, they achieved four No. 1 hits in the US (and 9 top 10s), as well as four Grammy Award nominations, four American Music Awards wins, six Billboard Music Awards, and seven BMI Award wins. Meanwhile, sales exceeded 7.5 million albums and 17 million singles.
Baptized certainly signals a rebirth for Chris and the band. “I want fans to keep an open mind about it,” he concludes. “The songs are very much what I do lyrically and melodically. I’ve always been a sucker for a great melody. That’s what song-writing is all about. Can people relate to this? Is it real? Is it honest? That’s what everyone should take away. It’s real and authentic. This is where I am right now.”
Chris is ready to proclaim that statement in front of packed venues around the world alongside longtime bandmates Josh Paul [bass], Brian Craddock [guitar], Josh Steely [guitar], Robin Diaz [drums] and new addition Elvio Fernandes [keyboards]. Outside of music, he continues to give back to various charities. He even holds an ambassadorship with DC Comics We Can Be Heroes campaign, fighting hunger in underdeveloped countries.
Daughtry will be coming to the following UK venues in March
22nd March – O2 ABC, Glasgow
23rd March – The Ritz, Manchester
24th March – The Institute, Birmingham
26th March – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Tickets go on sale Friday 17 January at 9am
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