Daughtry: I Never Expected This Much Success

November 23, 2011 By:

Daughtry gives credit to American Idol for making them bigger than Bon Jovi
I can’t believe it’s been five years since Chris Daughtry made it to the top 5 on “American Idol.” Since then, he dropped the “Chris,” put together a band and now “Daughtry” (the band) is the third-highest selling band or artist to come off the “Idol” franchise.

However, he says it’s thanks to Idol that his band has catapulted to success.

“I never really thought about going into that show to win it. I really just wanted to get more gigs. I wanted to be able to play music -- even on a small level. Just getting booked every week and getting my music out there. I didn't expect it to go to what it did,” Chris Daughtry told Hollyscoop while helping launch the Duracell Holiday Insurance Program.

Now, with a new album out, “Break The Spell,” many critics are saying the band is bigger than Bon Jovi. Daughtry admits he shies away from those kind of comparisons.

“Well, it's certainly flattering, slightly uncomfortable. It's a band that one, Jon is a good friend of mine, I look up to those guys dearly, and we've toured with them. We both have bands named after our last name. It's slightly uncomfortable. It's as uncomfortable and people saying that we were the fastest selling rock debut of all time when really that was since 1996 when SoundScan was invented.

“You've got all these other bands out there that have done it way bigger than we have and way bigger than we may ever. U2, Led Zepplin, Bon Jovi, they're selling out stadiums. It kind of makes me cringe a little just for the -- I feel like it's possibly an insult to them.”

Just take the compliment and run. But it’s nice to see that Daughtry and the band are humble about all the fame.

He says this new album is more “upbeat,” because their last few albums were filled with so many songs he describes as “downers.”

“We wanted something that was driving, and more upbeat, even lyrically more positive than the last one. We didn't want to have two hours worth of downers. So ya, I think that's what drove the writing process on this record and I think that's what makes it stand out,” reveals Daughtry.

Daughtry has been on the scene now for about five years and hopes he’s doing the exact same thing in another five years, “Hopefully people like yourself want to even talk to me in five years or asking about the next record. We just love what we do. We don't even consider it a job. That's our "job" to play music and hopefully to enrich other's lives with it.”