Cities Crumble and Fire Rains as Frontman Chris Daughtry Faces an AI Clone in the Band’s Cinematic Music Video for “Artificial

NASHVILLE, TN (August 24, 2023) — Rock outfit Daughtry fights for the heart and soul lost to an AI-run world in the epic visual for their new single, “Artificial,” out today on all platforms.


Releasing their first original material in over two years, the new Big Machine Records signees usher in a fresh sonic era as frontman Chris Daughtry faces down a cyborg clone against a backdrop of crumbling cities and raining fire. Their most ambitious project to date, the cinematic music video spins a cautionary tale about the dangers of a planet overrun by artificial intelligence, a narrative that feels even more timely as artist unions fight for fair pay and protections from AI interference.

“‘Artificial’ is about the potential nightmare that AI could become and the idea that everything and everyone could eventually be replaced, essentially to perfection, and rendered obsolete,” Daughtry explains. “However, the heart and soul of humanity and the ability to feel love, sadness, and compassion can never be replaced. While there are plenty of applications where AI can improve our lives and assist in many areas of creativity, I feel it’s imperative that we find a way to protect our musicians, actors, writers, and all creative outlets from being destroyed.

“I am so incredibly proud of this video,” Daughtry continues. “Everyone worked so hard to see this vision come to life, and it is easily my favorite thing I’ve done in my career.”

The release follows the launch of Daughtry’s Bare Bones Tour, plotting a rare acoustic run with 26 new US dates running throughout the fall. Alongside Billboard chart-topping rocker Ayron Jones, who is set to open on select stops, the upcoming performances mark a unique opportunity to highlight the stars’ powerhouse musical versatility and vocal prowess in the most intimate of settings.

Daughtry: Bare Bones Tour Dates:
Friday, August 11, 2023 | Des Plaines, IL | Rivers Casino Des Plaines+ 
Saturday, August 12, 2023 | Detroit, MI | MotorCity Casino+
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 | Warren, OH | Packard Music Hall+
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 | Pittsburgh, PA | Palace Theatre+
Friday, August 18, 2023  | Atlantic City, NJ | Sound Waves at Hard Rock Casino+
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 | Huntington, NY | The Paramount+
Wednesday, August 23, 2023 | Red Bank, NJ | Count Basie Center for the Arts+
Friday, August 25, 2023  | Bethlehem, PA | Wind Creek Event Center
Saturday, August 26, 2023 | Mashantucket, CT | The Great Cedar Showroom at Foxwoods
Monday, August 28, 2023 | Rutland, VT | The Paramount Theatre+
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 | Lexington, KY | Lexington Opera House+
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Kalispell, MT |  Wachholz College Center+
Thursday, September 7, 2023 | Spokane, WA | Bing Crosby Theater+
Saturday, September 9, 2023 | Edmonds, WA | Edmonds Center for the Arts
Sunday, September 10, 2023 | Jacksonville, OR | Britt Music & Arts Festival+
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 | Eugene, OR | Silva Concert Hall+
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 | Modesto, CA | Gallo Center for the Arts+
Friday, September 15, 2023 | Santa Rosa, CA | Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Sunday, September 17, 2023 | Ojai, CA | Libbey Bowl
Wednesday, September 20, 202 | Temecula, CA | South Coast Winery+
Thursday, September 21, 2023 | Tucson, AZ | Fox Tucson Theatre+
Saturday, September 23, 2023 | Arlington, TX | Arlington Music Hall+
Sunday, September 24, 2023 | Austin, TX | Paramount Theatre+
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | Clearwater, FL | Capitol Theatre+
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | The Parker+

+ with Ayron Jones supporting