Chris Daughtry and Fantasia Barrino are two of the very best singers — and legitimate artists — to ever stomp the American Idol stage, but their sales clout and buzz has waned of late. Chalk it up to the ephemeral, disposable nature of pop music in the 21st century. Out with the good, in with the Archuletas.
Most Fallen Idols probably deserve their fickle fate, but not these two North Carolina natives. The Bald Wonder's massive vibrato wail and Ms. Baby Makin' Hips' heaven-kissed pipes — not to mention their very tangible sex appeal: his curvy head, her curvy curves — are still worth cheering, and Tampa Bay will get that chance when both arrive on our shores this fall.
Daughtry and his post-grungy mates (love that What About Now) will play intimate — and awesomely remodeled — Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Oct. 16. Tickets are $44.50 and go on sale Friday. Head over to jannuslive.com for more info. I've seen Daughtry twice, and despite his distracting wallet chain, I've enjoyed each show.
According to her website, Fantasia, who is as quirky as she is talented, is set to play Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 12. No word on tickets, but keep checking strazcenter.org.
Sean Daly can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life column runs every Sunday in Floridian.