Chris Daughtry – Mad Man Across the Water – VIDEO

This video of Chris Daughtry’s acoustic performance of Elton John’s “Madman Across the Water” for ‘s Stripped Live in NYC series has been up on You Tube for a couple of weeks, but I think it’s worth posting.

The performance reminds me what I liked about Chris during his Idol run.   Chris may lack flash, but his charisma shines through his intense, riveting performance style.

Video after the JUMP…

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  • yeahyeahsure

    Thanks for posting! I love it. Heh Chris loves him some Elton John. I’m a fan of his cover of Rocket Man and this one is even better.

  • TwigLA

    Excellant. Chris really does this justice. It’s one of my favorite Elton John songs.

    I like accoustic Chris.

  • dhunken

    Fantastic……this is Chris at his best…and when he is….. few better.

  • lifeisgood

    I love the tone of his voice – one of my favorite songs of his is Call My Name – also love his take on In The Air Tonight.

  • JJ123

    Thanks for posting! He does so many excellent covers!! Here is a great one of IN THE AIR TONIGHT from the broadcast. I literally get chills every time I hear him sing accoustically.

  • iluvai

    That was so good. He definitely has plenty of charisma and intensity going on. :)

  • sumidol

    LOVE this, thanks mj!!

  • http://MJO judes

    Ohh nice. Elton is one of my all time favourite artists & Chris has done a great job of covering this !!

  • breakdown

    Nice to see this on here!

  • tierbee

    I actually really, really like that – very nice. Gonna listen again, lol.

  • CathyMK

    Very passionate. Idol has a knack for finding singers who are fantastic when it’s just them and an acoustic guitar. MP3:

  • druzilla

    Interesting to note Chris Daughtry is 6 years OLDER than Elton was when he released the song in ’71.

  • poporange

    Yep he does a good job acoustically with this song..

  • maturin

    Damn. Everything that’s really, really great about Chris Daughtry. Sing it, man.

    Chris may lack flash, but his charisma shines through his intense, riveting performance style.

    100 percent agree

  • Renee in CA

    Wow, I really liked that – not usually much of a Chris fan, but that worked!

  • suenigma

    Beautiful tone, beautiful emotion. There is a good reason why he is as successful as he is.

  • Trina

    I love this even more than his Poker Face cover! CathyMK thanks for the mp3.

  • bridgette12

    I love Daughtry. His first album great, second album not so great. This is one of my favorite Elton John songs, but I really don’t like Daughtry’s interpretation.

  • mrskiddens

    Perfect song for him. I bet Elton approves.


    Thanks for posting that gem!

  • incarcerate

    nice performance

  • bmms

    Wooohoo! Chris Rocks! Love DAUGHTRY.

  • bean99

    Loved that. Thanks, Mj!