Chris Daughtry / American Idol
with SP's Mark Battaglia
Christopher Daughtry, credited as Chris Daughtry, (born December 26, 1979) is a popular American rock singer-guitarist who's currently the lead vocalist of Absent Element and is also forming a band known as Daughtry. He was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol, eliminated from the competition on May 10, 2006.
Daughtry was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. His parents are Pete and Sandra Daughtry, and they reside in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Daughtry was raised before he relocated to McLeansville outside of Greensboro. His brother, Kenneth, resides in Richmond. At the age of 16, Daughtry started taking singing seriously as a professional musician and became a popular performer with other rock bands during his time in high school. He graduated in 1998 at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, Virginia. He was never in the 1996 made-for-television CBS movie A Mother's Instinct as Richard Mitchell despite the confusion of someone with the same name.
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 is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Absent Element, based in Burlington.
In a segment on the 2006 season of American Idol, Daughtry revealed that he is balding, as a result of approaching middle age (male pattern baldness), and made the decision to shave his head completely in order to retain an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Daughtry has been married to Deanna since November 2000. He has one step-daughter and one adopted son: a daughter, Hannah Price, who was born in July 1998, and a son, Griffin Daughtry, who was born in January 2000, from his wife's previous marriage.
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