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Daughtry Sings Acoustic Version of 'Waiting for Superman' (Exclusive Video)

Chris Daughtry, along with keyboardist Elvio Fernandez and guitarist Brian Craddock, perform a stripped-down version of their latest single.

Chris Daughtry, Elvio Fernandez, Brian Craddock H 2014
Courtesy of Guitar Center
Chris Daughtry, Elvio Fernandez, Brian Craddock

Daughtry’s recent spate of acoustic sessions have been leaving fans hungry for a more stripped down album. In an exclusive video given to The Hollywood Reporter, the group's performance of their recent single, “Waiting for Superman,” makes a strong case.

The season five American Idol alum, Chris Daughtry, recently made several appearances across the country with keyboardist Elvio Fernandez and guitarist Brian Craddock as The Daughtry Trio, and the intimacy of those shows were captured in a recent session of his At Guitar Center podcast.

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“I think the song is for the listener,” singer Daughtry said of the single. “I think it’s about them waiting for that person in their life to step up and be who they need them to be.”

The North Carolina native joined host Nic Harcourt for an illuminating conversation telling stories behind his music, including the true story of how he was not interested in recording “Feels Like Tonight,” a song written by Max Martin and Dr. Luke specifically for him in case he won American Idol.

“Of course it was a massive hit,” he laughed. “And I freaking love the song now.”

He also discussed his childhood in Virginia, where he was always outside, played “Duck Hunt” on his Nintendo, and made his own fun.

“I took a nice pair of jeans one day and tore them up so I could look like Lou Ferrigno’s Hulk,” he said.

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Other secrets? His favorite singer growing up: Rick Astley. His first introduction to rock music? Bob Seger's “Old Time Rock and Roll.”  Bands like Tool, Pearl Jam, and Live shaped his early view of songwriting, he said.

“It was the ‘90s and the bands I was listening to had eight minute odysseys,” he said. “Then I found out later you had to trim the fat. “

He also discussed his songwriting process through his first three records, and how he felt the need to change things up going into recording Baptized.

Watch the exclusive clip below.

Twitter: @MicheleAmabile