Talking With 'American Idol' Dark Horse Chris Daughtry

November 21, 2006 3:15 PM ET

American Idol's Chris Daughtry stopped by our offices last week to talk about his new album, Daughtry, regaling us with stories of Simon (he's rude), life after Idol (it's OK) and his unique ability to kill birds from hundreds of miles away with his voice. He even shared one of his songs with us, all acoustic-like. Dig it.

His new song "It's Not Over":

Being on Idol:

On not joining the band Fuel:

How he killed a bird:

Recording with Slash:

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