Daughtry shares his ‘will’ to make music
NEWTON GROVE – Jumpy, catchy, reminiscent of a rock song from the 1980s, “Drive All Night” will drag you into your dream racing car through your mind in the opening lyrics.
Michael Daughtry and the Drift are releasing a single this week and plan to continue releasing them over the next several months.
“Right now we’re just releasing singles that will lead to the album,” he said.
Daughtry said he expects it will be released as a full album in six months to a year now.
“It’s kind of the model that a lot of musicians are doing now instead of releasing the album and then doing singles. It’s like we’re doing reverse engineering. “
He said that by doing it this way it was easier to gain momentum.
“And then we kind of release an album with more new material so that they not only have the singles enjoying, but then they can listen to new music after that. And so the single will be released on Friday, and in the music video will be released next Friday the 14th.
Daughtry was on his way home from somewhere near Washington DC or Baltimore, and he had performed in shows there.
“I was trying to get in,” he said. “Because I also play serves on Sundays.”
He said he was one of those musicians who would play something on Saturday “until a crazy end” and then have to get up and go to church on Sunday morning and play there too.
Daughtry is a member of the Keener United Methodist Church. He has been musical director there for 15 years. He is also the musical director of Goshen United Methodist Church, where he performs weekly services at 9 a.m.
“I ran into Richmond on I-95, and it was around Saturday night, and I just feel like a swarm of cars came around me, and I almost feel like ‘being in traffic, you know. You know when you can have traffic jams, little pockets and things like that. “
At first it irritated his nerves, then he suddenly started enjoying it for a little while.
“It was kind of fun,” he remarked about the track’s origins, calling it “a spark that kind of kicked off the song.
Daughtry said he’s not much of a car enthusiast, but knows that part of that culture has seen a resurgence since the start of the pandemic. People are more at home and able to work on their projects.
“I feel like some things that… were popular have become popular again.”
Racing and driving in the movies were two things he said were making a comeback with the appearance of small theaters.
“It definitely has a little ’80s vibe, with a driving pace.”
Daughtry opened for the Blue Man Group and performed for over 60,000 people for the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston. He shared the stage with artists like Edwin McCain, John Ford Coley and Jimmy Buffet. He graduated from Berklee College of Music.
“Drive All Night” was then recorded at 7 City Recording in Raleigh. David Ledrowski is the bassist and Beasley Nelson is the drummer.
He is married to Dr Elizabeth Bass Daughtry and father of their daughter Anika.
For more information contact Michael Daughtry at 910-308-1054 or [email protected]
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