Chris Daughtry Being Sued For Royalties By Pre-Idol Band (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Chris has posted a statement on his official website:

“I am very hurt by these false accusations. The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else and at this time, I have no further comment.”

Chris Daughtry is being sued by his pre-Idol band, Absent Element, for royalties:

Former American Idol contestant and Greensboro resident, Chris Daughtry is being sued by former bandmates for compensation and royalties for several songs on his first and second albums.

Ryan Andrews, Scott Crawford, and Mark Perry, all former members of Absent Element (Daughtry’s band before winning American Idol) filed the case yesterday (4/5/12) with the Guilford County Court.

Among the accusations are breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices and other deceptive and wrongful conduct.

The songs at issue are “Home”, “Breakdown”, “Conviction”, and “Sinking”. The band members say these songs were written and created before Daughtry joined the American Idol show.

Via WMFW News

I remember writing about these guys during Season 5. I recall band members, who all hail from North Carolina, auditioning for Chris’s touring band after he recorded his post-Idol debut. None of them made the cut.

They also played together at Chris’s homecoming after he was eliminated.

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