Daughtry began 2013 on a mission to create a new batch of music and just last week that work came to fruition with the release of the band’s new album, “Baptized.” As frontman Chris Daughtry and the band prepared for its release, he visited the Billboard studios to apply his rich, emotional voice to a famous song by another musical Chris — Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” It’s a track that Daughtry says has always meant a lot to him.
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“It’s been one of my favorite songs for a long time,” Daughtry says of the 1989 Isaak tune. “It’s just one of those songs.”
Daughtry singing “Wicked Game” for Billboard’s Candid Covers series, as captured in the video above, turned into a musically powerful moment where just some keyboards and his spare acoustic guitar strums framed his haunting, beautiful vocals.
Just as there is an elemental potency in his “Wicked Game” cover created by vocals paired with simple instrumentation, the songs on “Baptized” first coalesced around his voice and guitar. “There’s time sitting at the guitar and just singing it right there when you write and you just feel like it’s right. And a lot of the songs felt instantly right,” he says. “I was in the vocal booth laying the vocals down and I was getting used to singing the new melodies and the new words and those were the moments when it was really connecting.”
“Baptized,” the band’s third album, is the follow-up to 2011’s “Break The Spell.” After Chris Daughtry rose to national acclaim as a finalist on “American Idol” in 2006, the group’s first two albums, 2006’s “Daughtry” and 2009’s “Leave This Town,” both reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. And the band has continued to grow. In addition to adding keyboardist Elvio Fernandes to Daughtry’s line up, which also includes bassist Josh Paul, guitarists Brian Craddock and Josh Steely and drummer Robin Diaz alongside frontman Chris Daughtry, the rockers have also pushed their sound into new territory. “There’s certainly a little of the electronic vibe in the record,” Chris Daughtry says. “It’s not so much an EDM record, but there’s certainly synths and certain sounds that people might not associate with Daughtry when they hear it. But underneath it all the songs are very much us and very much what we’re about.”
Showcasing some of the breadth of the band’s work, Daughtry also took time while he was in the Billboard studios to play a new song, the “Baptized” single “Waiting For Superman,” and an older song, 2009’s “Life After You.” Those special performances were also captured on video. Watch “Waiting For Superman” above, and “Life After You Below.”
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