Chris Daughtry being sued by former band members, releases brief statement

Members of Chris Daughtry’s former band Absent Element have filed a lawsuit against the vocalist claiming to be owed royalties from the writing of several songs that he has went on to use in his current band Daughtry.

Mark Perry (guitar), Scott Crawford (drums) and Ryan Andrews (bass) are claiming that they were directly involved with the writing of both hit songs ‘Home’ and ‘Breakdown’ which Chris used in Daughtry’s self-titled debut album. ‘Breakdown’ is a combination of the songs ‘Conviction’ and ‘Breakdown’ which appeared on Absent Element’s only release ‘Uprooted.’ Chris rewrote the song using elements of both to then be released later on the first Daughtry album and now the Absent Element members believe they are entitled to a cut of the royalties that have been made by these songs.

Absent Element state in the lawsuit that “all four members wrote music and lyrics for Absent Element’s songs, collaborated on the arrangement and recording of those songs, regularly consulted with each other on matters relating to the business of the band, and made partnership decisions based on majority votes.”

Chris released a short statement on his 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.”

     

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