CORRECTION: Chris Daughtry's band has sold nearly 7 million albums. The number was previously misstated. Correction made at 5:50 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013
Chris Daughtry is calling from Los Angeles but hes only in the City of Angels to work.
I dont live here, Daughtry says. I love living in North Carolina. If I have to head to Los Angeles for a project or something, thats fine, but I always head back to North Carolina. Theres a sense of normalcy there.
Daughtry, a born-and-bred Tar Heel who lives in Greensboro, is raising his four children 16, 14 and 2-year-old twins in a familiar environment.
They love it, the amiable singer-songwriter says. Its a great place to be.
His family can make the short drive to Raleigh to watch him perform Wednesday at the Red Hat Amphitheater. I havent been to Raleigh in a long time, Daughtry says. Its one of my favorite cities.
Daughtry is working on a new album, which should see the light of day in 2014. I really like the way the new songs sound, he says.
However, dont expect Daughtry to preview new material at the show. I dont want to do that, since I want the songs to sound fresh when the album comes out, Daughtry says. You cant stop fans from recording the songs at the shows and putting them on YouTube. The only way to put a stop to that is by not playing the new songs until the album comes out. But its fine. I have three albums of material to play when I get to Raleigh.
Daughtry will render plenty of the familiar. Count on such top-five hits as Home and Its Not Over. He has sold nearly 7 million albums, which is extraordinary in the digital download age.
Im so thankful for that, Daughtry says. The industry has changed. People dont buy albums like they used to. Fans will download them legally or illegally. Im very fortunate that so many people like my music that much.
Daughtrys earnest, and often gloomy, tunes have certainly found an audience. Daughtry has been so successful that he is part of the American Idol golden triumvirate, which also includes Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
Unlike those Idols, Daughtry didnt win his season; he finished fourth in Season 5 seven years ago. But it apparently doesnt matter. Winning that season wasnt the most important thing, Daughtry says. It was about getting a chance to show what I could do. I owe so much to American Idol. Ill never have a bad thing to say about that show. If it werent for American Idol, I wouldnt be where I am today. I might be playing a club somewhere. Who knows if I would ever be in the place I am now? I work hard to be the best I can as a musician.
Daughtry doesnt just work to be the best musician he can be. He also works out like a maniac, and his exploits in the gym were chronicled in the June issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine.
With the life a musician leads on the road, I think you need to be in the best shape possible, Daughtry says. So I work out hard. That piece in Muscle and Fitness was awesome. I love being in shape. I love to lift weights, but I just do cardio when Im on the road since I dont want all of that recovery from lifting to go to my arms. I want it to go to my voice.
So Daughtry has it all: commercial success, a loyal fan base, a wife and four children plus a hard body. I worked for it all, Daughtry says. Sure, some things came my way, but I really did work hard for all of this.