Chris Daughtry Exclusive

April 14, 2007

Fluvanna County's own local 'Idol', Chris Daughtry, made a stop in Charlottesville Saturday night for his highly anticipated concert.

It was obvious the Fluvanna native is still Charlottesville's 'Idol' after tickets for his first hometown concert sold out in less than ten minutes. Those paying customers weren't the only ones that got a treat.

Die hard Daughtry fans flocked to Starr Hill tonight eagerly awaiting the Fluvanna native's return.

In the midst of a national tour, the rocker and his band made their return to his hometown for his first performance since making a name for himself on the hit reality show 'American Idol.'

Saturday night, the band gave one special group of fans an all access pass.

"For our kids who live in the Charlottesville Albemarle area, he's really a celebrity, someone who's made it," explained Eric Cardella, Director of the local Boys & Girls Club.

Kids from the Charlottesville Albemarle Boys & Girls Club got a behind the scenes look as Daughtry geared up for the night's performance. Members of the band, some of whom grew up right here in Charlottesville, consider this a chance to give back to the community that helped launch them.

"All of them have a big heart for kids especially for the kids in this area so it was a natural fit," added Cardella.

And the once 'American Idol' hopeful himself wasn't the only one to consider this a homecoming. Guitarist Brian Craddock was born and raised here.

"I was excited because it's my hometown. This is my home stage. This is where my band used to play."

And with a friendship that spans a decade, Craddock says when it comes to Daughtry, what you see is still what you get.

"It's nice to see a guy that actually does look out for somebody that looked out for him once upon a time, so it's a good guy, he's a good guy."

Daughtry was nursing an illness and was unavailable for interviews. It was important for him to take it easy and rest his vocal cords.

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