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Music is the fuel for this local singer/songwriter


By Emerson Jackson


Caught in the adrenaline rush of a heavy traffic on his way home from Baltimore, rock singer and songwriter Michael Daughtry, of Dunn, North Carolina, soon found himself desperate to relive the surge. In his new single, “Drive All Night,” using the spirited energy of an electric guitar, riveting vocals and a classic rock-influenced sound, Daughtry drives to recreate the feeling from this moment.

Daughtry has been playing music for as long as he can remember, from plinking spoons as a toddler and singing in the car, to performing in the school band. However, he said it wasn’t until eighth grade, after playing piano in his school talent show, that he knew he wanted to pursue music as a career. “The recognition was just amazing,” Daughtry said.

In high school, Daughtry said, he had another eye-opening moment when he and his band had their first gig. “We probably weren’t even that good, but it didn’t matter, it felt amazing,” he said.

He went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in songwriting and graduated magna cum laude. Daughtry also later performed for 60,000 racers at the Cooper River Ridge Run, opened for the Blue Man Group and shared the stage with Jimmy Buffett, Edwin McCain and John Ford Coley.

Deriving musical inspiration from artists such as Survivor, Journey, The Beatles and Michael McDonald, Daughtry said that he strives to create music that blends relatable day-to-day life with unique sets of circumstances such as can be heard in “Drive All Night.”

 “My favorite part about what I do is probably just making others feel good and connecting to them on that deeper level,” he said.

            When Daughtry isn’t writing and performing with his band The Drift, he loves to teach private instrumental instruction, as well as serve as the music director at Keener United Methodist Church in Clinton and Goshen United Methodist Church in Newton Grove. He said that even though he does so many things involving the music industry, most of the time he doesn’t even feel like he’s working. Daughtry also enjoys spending time with his daughter Anika, who is in preschool, and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Daughtry, a Dunn podiatrist.

            He’s scheduled to perform at Fayetteville’s Fourth Friday! on May 28. Listen to his music on his on Spotify and on Apple Music. Go to www.michaeldaughtrymusic.com.