Chris Daughtry Reflects on 'Fruitful' Year Ahead of 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Performance
Chris Daughtry's eponymous band Daughtry has had a solid year, releasing new album "Baptized" last month after an aggressive touring schedule. The band caps off 2013 with an appearance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" tomorrow night (Dec. 31) at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Recalling 2013 in an interview, Daughtry looks back on the past year fondly, considering it a successful 365-day cycle, all things considered.
"It was a very busy but very fruitful year," the frontman said. "Got a new album out; toured practically most of the year and did the record at the same time. The fact that we got it done and were able to push it out this year was a huge thing."
That album, "Baptized," peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 after its Nov. 19 release. Including contributions from Kara DioGuardi, Claude Kelly and more, the band's fourth album was a departure from the norm for the rockers, featuring lead single "Waiting for Superman," which hit No. 70 on the Hot 100.
"There was this idea of really changing things up, working with different people," Daughtry explained. "By doing that, it kind of inspired me in a different way because I was working with people I wasn't used to. We're still a rock band; we still do what we do. But these songs on this particular album have a little more movement to [them]. It's got a little more dance-ability, if you will -- even in some of the ballad-esque types of songs."
This year, Daughtry's New Year's Eve is a bit booked, given his performance on Dick Clark's perennial holiday event. Generally, he admitted, his New Year's nights are fairly uneventful, with only minor twists.
"If I'm home, my tradition is pop open a bottle of wine -- or last year, I think we were both asleep before the ball dropped. We were exhausted; we have twins. We could care less what day it was; we just knew that they were in bed and we were going to bed."
If he is awake for the ball drop? Take the glass of wine, add "make out for like 30 seconds," and then go to bed.
This year, the singer's wife of 13 years, Deanna, will not be with him. "So I'm going to have to go kiss one of the dudes," he decided.
"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" will also feature performances from Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke and more. The broadcast will be preceded by the two-hour "New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music" at 8 p.m. Seacrest will host the first two hours of the show, while Fergie will take over his duties once ABC's broadcast moves from New York to Los Angeles.