Daughtry is a highly successful American post-grunge rock band formed by Chris Daughtry, a former contestant on American Idol.

Chris Daughtry grew up in North Carolina and Charlottesville Virginia, where he began singing in local rock bands at 16. Despite getting married straight out of high school, Daughtry continued playing and singing in the band Absent Element. He unsuccessfully auditioning in 2005 for Rock Star: INXS, a failure which cleared the way for his far more popular appearance on American Idol, in which he sailed to the final rounds and was a favorite to win. Daughtry made it to the final four before being narrowly beaten by Katharine McPhee.

After leaving the show, Daughtry signed with RCA Records, and began work on a project which became the band Daughtry’s debut, featuring new members Jeremy Brady, Josh Steely, Josh Paul, and Joey Barnes. The result, DAUGHTRY (2006) remained on Top Ten charts for months, and generated five Top 40 hits. Daughtry followed up in 2009 with Leave This Town, a return to Daughtry’s back-to-basics modern rock sounds.

2011 saw the release of Break the Spell, which spawned the number 6 single “Crawling Back to You,” as well as other hit singles “Outta My Head,” and “Start of Something Good.” Baptized, Daughtry’s next album, represented a move toward adult pop, and showcased a lighter, brighter sound than previous albums. The album entered Billboard charts at number six. In 2016, the band released a compilation album, It’s Not Over: The Hits So Far, led by the popular single “Torches.” And in 2018, they released a fifth album, Cage to Rattle, which saw modest success.

Daughtry performs regularly and are often booked for private parties and corporate entertainment events.