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"It takes a lot of time to accept who you are," says Chris Daughtry. "You shave off the persona that you thought people expected, stop worrying about what anyone is going to think. You start to be comfortable with who you are onstage and off, and that all blends together. I think I finally know who I am as a person."
As the frontman for the band bearing his name, Daughtry has become one of the most visible and consistent Rock & Roll torchbearers of the 21st Century. Throughout his career he has released four albums, all of which reached the Billboard Top Ten and have combined sales over 8 million copies in the U.S.
Daughtry's self-titled debut was the best-selling album of 2007, which contained four Top Twenty hit singles including the Grammy-nominated smash "It's Not Over." Leave This Town also reached #1 in 2009, while 2011's Break the Spell was certified gold. His group's most recent record, 2013's Baptized, featured the platinum-selling "Waiting for Superman," which the singer points to as a turning point in his songwriting.
One thing that has kept the fire burning for Daughtry has been the need to constantly challenge himself creatively. He has collaborated with artists from Timbaland to Vince Gill to Carlos Santana. This kind of ambition has also extended to the work of Daughtry the band. "We always try to push ourselves outside of the familiar parameters," says the singer. "If it's anything like we've done before, then it's not good enough for the record.”
Daughtry and his band have been performing together for over a decade and released their fifth album in 2018. They look to contemporaries like Maroon 5 and Train as examples of acts able to maintain their relevance while Rock & Roll faces an uphill struggle in the mass media. "Those guys are inspirational, showing that you can come back and have a strong presence, even if what you're known for doing is having a hard time," he says.
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