Will Chris Daughtry Be a Bigger Star Than Taylor Hicks?
Taylor Hicks won round one over Chris Daughtry. Hicks defeated Daughtry in the American idol contest and is thereigning champion of idol. But now the real competition begins. With Daughtry now singed sealed and delivered with 19 Recordings/RCA Records it is Chris versus Taylor, round two.
Taylor Hicks starts out witha much more passionate fan base.
The 'Soul Patrol' is loyal and vocal and will back Hicks no matter what type of music he puts out. But Hicks has a problem, he will only soar if he is allowed to out his own stamp on his music. If he is "neatly packaged" and pigeonholed as some sort of 'pop star' he will suffer.
Chris Daughtry doesn't have that problem. He is a rocker with a good look, loads of polish and a great singing voice. He can easily be packaged by hitmaker Clive Davis.
Daughtry's album, which he's already started recording with some big-name collaborators, is due in late 2006, according to his label's publicist.
He will form a permanent band, but no word yet if it will include members of his pre-"Idol" group, Absent Element, reports PEOPLE Magazine.
It shouldn't matter. He will have the assistance Davis and he has a musical genre that he fits nicely into that can draw fans for downloads and sales and of course concerts.
Chrisis a rock star already and a songwriter with skills.
Hicks is a songwriter as well and extremely talented, but I fear he may lose the chance to "Taylorize' his career and his unique sound. Hicks starts with a bigger base and an idol win, but Daughtry has a tremendous opportunity to grow his fan base as fans of rock and roll that never watched American Idol hear him for the first time with his own tracks.
For that reason - my money is on Daughtry becoming the superstar of American idol's 2006 finalists.
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