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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
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American Idol finalists rock the UK
American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry is proving to be a winner in the UK as his band prepares for an almost sold out tour.

Demand for tickets to see Daughtry has been so great their Birmingham gig on March 24 has been moved from The Institute to the larger O2 Academy.

American Idols: Daughtry

It is encouraging news for Chris whose latest album, Baptized, sees him move in a poppier direction following writing sessions with the likes of Martin Johnson (Boys Like Girls), Sam Hollander (Gym Class Heroes, Coheed and Cambria) and Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston).

"I needed a change," admits the 34-year-old singer. "I started hearing these new sounds over my voice, and it was so inspiring. There wasn't just one style either. It was a completely different vibe all around. I really wanted to pursue that to the fullest. This is probably one of the most inspiring records I've ever done.

"I want fans to keep an open mind about it," he admits. "The songs are very much what I do lyrically and melodically. I've always been a sucker for a great melody. That's what song-writing is all about. Can people relate to this? Is it real? Is it honest? That's what everyone should take away. It's real and authentic. This is where I am right now."

Daughtry Baptized

Following his appearance on American Idol in 2005 Chris and his band Daughtry released their self-titled debut album which was certified four times platinum in the US. Follow-up, Leave This Town, released in 2009, gave them their second number one on the Billboard Top 200, while album number three, Break The Spell, reached gold status after just four weeks of release in 2011. They have achieved four Grammy Award nominations, four American Music Awards wins, six Billboard Music Awards, and seven BMI Award wins. Sales have exceeded 7.5 million albums and 17 million singles, making Chris the third biggest selling American Idol contestant behind Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Original Rock & Rollers: Daughtry

The Daughtry line-up alongside Chris is currently longtime bandmates Josh Paul (bass), Brian Craddock (guitar), Josh Steely (guitar) and Robin Diaz (drums), with new addition Elvio Fernandes on keyboards.

Daughtry's 2014 UK tour dates are:

Mar 22: O2 ABC, Glasgow;
Mar 23: O2 Academy, Manchester;
Mar 24: O2 Academy, Birmingham;
Mar 26: O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London.

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Why? American Idol superstars showcase their new album.
When: March 24, 2014
Phone: 0121 622 8250
Where: O2 Academy Birmingham, 16-18 Horsefair, Bristol Street, B1 1DB
Cost: 22.50 plus fees
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