Former NC ‘Idol’ Chris Daughtry on acting, his new album and why he’s not into sports

Chris Daughtry first rose to fame on “American Idol.”DOVE SHORE

A dozen years have passed since North Carolina native Chris Daughtry came up short in “American Idol” — one of the biggest upsets in the show’s history. But the loss didn’t exactly slow him down.

Even though he was only the fourth-place finisher in 2006, Daughtry has had one of the best post-show commercial runs of any “Idol” contestant. All five of his albums have made the top-10, including this year’s “Cage to Rattle,” his first album of new material in almost five years.

Back on the road, Daughtry comes to Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Dec. 18. We caught up by phone from Houston and came away with five things to know.

Read the Q&A here


Who: Daughtry’s “Cage to Rattle” tour

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18

Where: Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham

Cost: $55-$123

Details: 919-560-3030 or


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