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Chris Daughtry Slapped With Lawsuit By Former Band Mates

April 09, 2012 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ

Chris Daughtry is one of the most successful singers to come out of FOX‘s American Idol, and his hit tune Home was used on the show in the past for the departing contestants. That very same song is now the center of a lawsuit that Chris Daughtry has been slapped with by some former band mates. What happened? Read on to find out!

According to legal paperwork filed in North Carolina recently, Chris Daughtry is being sued and accused of “constructive fraud, unfair trade practices, and other deceptive and wrongful conduct.” Ryan Andrews, Scott Crawford, and Mark Perry were part of the band Absent Element, formed with Chris Daughtry in a church in Burlington, North Carolina before he ever hit the American Idol stage. The former band mates claim that they helped co-write Daughtry’s hit Home, as well as a few other songs from Daughtry before the band broke up in 2006.

The three band mates claim that they and Chris Daughtry had an understanding about sharing revenues from their songwriting, and that Chris had: “conducted himself in a way that reflected that understanding,” but they have not seen a dime of the money. Chris Daughtry, who has since gone on to become one of the best selling former Idol contestants (behind only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood), claims that the accusations are completely false. Chris Daughtry wrote on his website of the lawsuit: “”I am very hurt. The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else and at this time, I have no further comment.”

Could these former band mates simply be looking to cash in on Daughtry’s success? What do you think? Comment and share your thoughts with us below!

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30 Responses to “Chris Daughtry Slapped With Lawsuit By Former Band Mates”

  1. Jeff Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    All they need to do is provide a tape or CD with the songs being performed by them as a band and that’s the end of the story…

  2. Bindiboi Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    It’s a shame too, Absent Element was a very good band. I am lucky enough to have that album, and although short was excellent. Much better than Daughtry.

  3. Peter Barney Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    He’s music is shouting crap!

  4. Karen Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I think that Chris needs to kiss the ground that Bon Jovi walks on, because without BJ in having Daughtry tour with them Chris would never have been so successful. Really since then Daughtry has really fallen off the scene, and this is the welcome back to the scene Chris.

  5. kim clark Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    get it in writing. Never believe anything you hear in the basement of a church.

  6. Toni Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I HATE this guys (Daughtry’s) voice! HATE it!

  7. Paul Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    His first CD was very good and successful but the 2nd just so, so and the 3rd sucked!!! His material has progressively good down the drain. Better settle with the band mates because you all make good music together. Chris has the pipes but he needs good songs. A singer is no good with terrible songs.

  8. grimace Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    chris daughtry is a fag!!!

  9. Gem Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I think both parties should undergo a lie detector test. This way, we can tell which is telling the truth.

  10. Greg Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Those 4 songs should have been copyrighted with the names of those 3 guys along with Chris Daughtry the instant the lyrics were completely written. It seems like a he said/he said hearsay case and the song lyrics were never copyrighted. That is the smart thing to do to avoid this legal mess.

  11. Jimbo Miller Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Nothing will come of this, the truth will come out in the wash, it always does!! It’s just a shame friends were lost over “MONEY”!! Keep Rockin’ Daughtry!!

  12. logan henderson Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    sounds like crap to me. seems a little late to be accusing songs from so long ago.

  13. Dianna Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    WHO???

  14. Jennifer Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Let’s see…they broke up in 2006. We are in 2012, and they are just now claiming they co-wrote the songs, and have yet to see a penny. Sounds to me like they want to cash in on his fame, and that is sad.

  15. zara Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I fully support chris daughtry and I definitely think they’re trying to cash in on his success!!!! Chris Daughtry has done nothing wrong!!!!

  16. Leanne Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    It sounds like his “former” band mates may be a little jealous that he has made it so big in the rock world and they were left with nothing.

  17. Les G Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Of course, they are trying to cash in!

  18. Kathy Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I think that this a shame. His bandmates could have went him, but they chose not to so now they want his fame/fortune. Jealously is a wicked trait to have.

  19. Christi W Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    How could anyone, outside of the people involved, know whether these former band members are trying to cash in on his success??!! None of us were there! So to ask such a question is just ridiculous! If Chris truly did make an agreement like this, then he needs to own up to it. He states that he did not. It’s their word against his. Time will tell…..

  20. Seaand so omus Says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Lord knows it’s happened before. Sheryl Crow did it to Kevin Gilbert and David Baerwald, Led Zeppelin did it a almost everyone at Chess Records, and so on. That said, I kind of doubt an American Idol contestant or his bandmates wrote any of their own music. More than likely they bought those songs from ghostwriters who are happy to go creditless for the right price.

  21. Joe01880 Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Its Daughtry’s song and IMO Daughtry’s money from iot and his to do what he wants with it. The suet should be dismissed or dropped but regardless, Chris Daughtry should also remember who he is and where he came from and take care of those who were close to him and or had a hand it maikng him what he is today.

  22. breezy Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 6:24 am

    These fools are just trying to cash in! No one realizes this happens every time a new artist gets big. someone trys to say they stole something from them. Its called jealous and as an artist who is up and coming, ive seen it happen. These people want money from you because they thought they were apart of something. PLAY THE GAME….WE ALL PUPPETS IN THIS INDUSTRY. You havn’t made it because they dont want you to make it.

  23. Keith Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Yep…Let’s wait 4 years before we decide to sue you? Sounds like these guys are on some hard times and didn’t realize that Daughtry would end up as big as he did. Definitely trying to cash in.
    Sure sounds like, to me, that if they would have written the song, they would have been all over it while the song was big. To do something about it three or four years later seems pretty obvious.

  24. Shamus Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 6:31 am

    It doesn’t matter how they think he acted about their understanding, if they don’t have it in writing they don’t have a claim. If they don’t have the some kind of proof (like a recording of them writing or performing the song with Chris) or something tangible, they have no claim. Artists always take bits of songs they hear and incorporate them into new songs, it’s not deceptive. Just because they used the word “Home” doesn’t mean they have any rights to the song.

  25. Kelly Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Uhmm… how long ago was the song Home on American Idol.. a long time ago…and they are just now suing.. really!?!?! sounds have used up all the fame they could from riding his coat tails and they are broke now and are just now needing to sue to get more money. I love Chris and i feel sorry for him that his former band is doing this to him!

  26. Nick Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Someone should sue him for sucking so much.

  27. Pamela Koch Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Something sounds rotten here. I have followed Chris Daughtry’s career, and he seems to be the most together, decent rock singer I have seen in a long time. Those former band memebers should spend their time finding jobs. I just don’t believe this at all. Rock on CHRIS

  28. coty Says:
    April 12th, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Those agreements were made in the basement of a church and they have all the info saying that they were the original owners to the songs that daughtry took. Ther only reason why they waited so long was because chris told them that he would keep his word to them and as his friends they wanted to believe chris. Funny how their was tapes before american idol of them performing those songs together in absent element and its all over the internet. Chris did not give them credit where credit was due to his original band and supposive friends.

  29. C Stephens Says:
    April 15th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    You people leaving these mean comments suck. If you are not a fan that is fine, but seriously? If Chris couldn’t sing, or write, he wouldn’t be the 3rd most successful Idol contestant ever!!! And the law suit is just sttupid. Chris has said from the very first time “Home” was made public that he wrote it at home on his couch. Why didn’t these guys say something then. Six years ago!!! So stupid. They are just mad he made it with out them! So I think that says they former band mates suck, not Chris. And I just want to say as far as Daughtry goes, the other current members of the band are very nice, honest and hard working men. Having met them all, I say so because they are the same in person as they have been on tv for the past six years! Rock on Daughrty, let haters keep hatin’! :P

  30. Cathy Says:
    April 3rd, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    All I have to say is he appeared from the beginning to be an arrogant man. My top three favorite realty show suprsed contestants were Cappy from season six of Big Brother when he found out he had NOT been voted back into the house by the America, Sarah’s reaction to her conviction last night was priceless, and ofcourse Chris Daughtry’s stunned reaction to his elemination during his American Idol Season. Arrogant people tend to believe the rules that apply to othere’s do not apply to them. Based on that I guess you can figure out where I stand.

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