American Idol season 5 alum Chris Daughtry is a busy guy this week, making several major announcements. First, the singer has been cast to play Judas in the FOX Live production of The Passion broadcasting on Palm Sunday.
Next is the release of a lyric video for new song, “Torches,” from Daughtry the band’s forthcoming greatest hits collection, It’s Not Over…the Hits So Far, due out. February 12. Check out the cover art and tracklist HERE.
The song, co-written with Dave Bassett (Elle King, Rachel Platten, Shinedown), is one of two new songs included on the set.
“We started with this piano progression and I just started spitting out melodies and lyrics and it became very clear what this song should be about,” Chris shared with Billboard in a new interview. “There is all this hate and the violence and the riots and overall negativity, not just in our country but in our world. People go on the Internet just bashing people with no repercussions. All this vitriol — where did that come from? And how awesome would it be to take a little bit of that energy and just spread positivity and love and how that could catch fire and spread across the multitudes.”
Chris continued, “With all of the blatant negativity in the world, I wanted to hopefully be a part of starting that fire and let it spread, and hopefully in some way contribute to making this world a better place.”
“It’s been ten years since I got off the show, and it makes me feel old, really,” he said about releasing a greatest hits album. “I can’t believe it’s been ten years. We are four albums deep, and I guess it’s time for a greatest hits.”
Chris hints to Billboard his involvement on the American Idol farewell season, that will feature the return of several favorite alums. “I am actually going to be pretty involved this season. Tune in and check it out. I can’t say when I am going to be on there, but it will be in a pretty big capacity.”
Check out “Torches” right here.