Baptized (album)

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Studio album by Daughtry
Released November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)
Recorded March–September 2013, Los Angeles, California
Length 44:54
Daughtry chronology
Break the Spell
It's Not Over...The Hits So Far
Singles from Baptized
  1. "Waiting for Superman"
    Released: September 17, 2013
  2. "Battleships"
    Released: May 12, 2014[1]

Baptized is the fourth studio album by American rock band Daughtry, released on November 19, 2013, by RCA Records.[2] It was preceded in September by electropop-influenced lead single "Waiting for Superman".[3]


The band worked with many other songwriters and musicians on the album. Some that they worked with include Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls,[4] Sam Hollander,[4] Blair Daly, Espionage, Rock Mafia, Ali Tamposi, The Monsters and the Strangerz, Scott Stevens,[5] Kara DioGuardi, Jake Sinclair,[6] Claude Kelly,[4] Johnny Black,[7] and Matthew Thiessen.[8] Daughtry stated that he worked without his bandmates and instead went with the new producers.[9] Daughtry has stated that the album features a new, poppier sound and would also include folk influences.[4]


The first single from the album is "Waiting for Superman", written by Chris Daughtry, Sam Hollander, and Martin Johnson. The song was released on iTunes on September 17, 2013.

"Battleships" impacted hot adult contemporary radio on May 12, 2014 as the second official single off the album.[1]

Other songs[edit]

"Long Live Rock & Roll" was released digitally on October 22, 2013 as the first and only promotional single off the album.[10] It was also released as the lead single in the UK market on February 24, 2014[11]

A new "stripped" version of "Witness" was released to digital retailers February 20, 2015.[12]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 53/100[13]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[14]
Newsday B-[15]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[16]
Ultimate Guitar 3/5 stars[17]
Slant Magazine 1/5 stars[18]


The album has been met with mixed reviews from most critics. Chuck Eddy of Rolling Stone gave the album a 2.5 out 5, saying "Seven years after he placed on American Idol, Chris Daughtry and his band are opening up their would-be grunge to more nuance: folk instruments and synths, smoother high notes tempering Daughtry's bellow, "boom-b'boom" vocal-bass hook lightening the gender war in "Battleships." The sound on Baptized somehow links U2 to Rascal Flatts, adding Springsteen stances in "Wild Heart." More unexpectedly, there's also a banjo shuffle where Daughtry chooses Van Halen over Van Hagar, catalogs some of his other heroes and wonders who wrote Hole's songs. "Long Live Rock & Roll," it's called – a defense, perhaps, against anybody claiming guys like him helped kill it."[16]

Glenn Gamboa of Newsday gave the album a grading of B-, saying "Daughtry takes some cool chances on his fourth album." He then commented positively on "Waiting for Superman," calling it "a sleek change of pace, rolling together bits of The Fray and Bon Jovi into the patented Daughtry sound;" and gave "Long Live Rock & Roll" a positive review, saying "he cleverly reminisces about Billy Joel and grunge in a country-style rave-up."[15] However, he commented negatively on "Battleships" "with the stunningly weird chorus of "We love like battleships ... And the cannon goes, 'Boom boo-boom boom boo-boom boom boom,'" which is, well, crazy, and you wonder if he's gone too far."[15] He then concluded by saying "Daughtry broadens his sound with mixed results."[15]

Ken Capobianco of the Boston Globe also gave the album a mixed review, saying "Daughtry strips his sound to more acoustic textures and even ventures into electro-pop. At times, the change is refreshing, yet too often he seems to think the world needs more songs evoking Train or Lifehouse. Only the powder keg rocker “Traitor” diverges from the new approach. Luckily, Daughtry has one of the more expressive voices in rock, so he still breathes some life into the overload of corny lyrics."[19]

Jon Caramanica of the New York Times delivered a more negative review for the album, saying that he felt Daughtry felt limited with the stripped-down music. "But even though Daughtry’s music has softened, there’s not much Mr. Daughtry can do with his voice, which has an appealing, powerful growl with no sultriness to it. It wants badly to roar but is given almost no opportunity."[20]


The album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on Top Internet Albums,[21] and No. 3 on Top Rock Albums,[22] selling 55,000 copies in its first week.[23] It has sold 270,000 copies in the United States as of January 2016.[24] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at No. 42, selling 4,978 copies in its first week.[25]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Chris Daughtry

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Baptized"   Daughtry, Martin Johnson, John Lardieri, Claude Kelly Johnson, Johnny Blk 3:11
2. "Waiting for Superman"   Daughtry, Johnson, Sam Hollander Johnson 4:26
3. "Battleships"   Daughtry, Johnson, Hollander Johnson 3:52
4. "I'll Fight"   Daughtry, busbee busbee, DreZa 3:00
5. "Wild Heart"   Daughtry, Johnson, Hollander Johnson 3:50
6. "Long Live Rock & Roll"   Daughtry, Johnson, Hollander Johnson 3:36
7. "The World We Knew"   Daughtry, Antonina Armato, Tim James Rock Mafia 3:35
8. "High Above the Ground"   Daughtry, busbee busbee, Mason "MdL" Levy 3:11
9. "Broken Arrows"   Daughtry, Lardieri, Kelly Johnny BLK, Kelly 4:08
10. "Witness"   Daughtry, Elvio Fernandes, Kelly, Lardieri Fernandes 4:11
11. "Traitor"   Daughtry, Kara DioGuardi, Jake Sinclair Sinclair 3:03
12. "18 Years"   Daughtry, Johnson, Hollander Johnson 4:51
Total length:



Performance credits
  • Background vocals – John August, Johnny Blk, Martin Johnson, Rock Mafia, Jake Sinclair
  • Primary artist – Daughtry (Brian Craddock, Chris Daughtry, Robin Diaz, Elivo Fernandes, Josh Paul, Josh Steely)
  • Bass – Martin Johnson, Brian Paddock, Tim Pierce, Jake Sinclair
  • Cello – Glenn Fischbach, Jennie Lardieri
  • Drums – Robin Diaz, Victor Indrizzo, John Keefe, Jack Sinclair
  • Guitars – Chris Daughtry, Martin Johnson, Brian Paddock, Tim Pierce, Jake Sinclair
    • Lead guitar – Josh Steely
    • Rhythm guitar – Brian Craddock
  • Keyboard – Elivo Fernandes, Jake Sinclair
  • Mandolin – Tim James, Martin Johnson
  • Musician – Johnny Blk
  • Percussion – Victor Indrizzo, Martin Johnson
  • Piano – Elivo Fernandes, Chuck Harmony, Martin Johnson
  • Ukulele – Martin Johnson
  • Viola – Davis Barnett. Jonathan Kim
  • Violin – Dayna Anderson, Eliza Cho, Emma Kimmrow, Olga Konopelsky, Luigi Mazzocchi, Charles Parker
  • A&R – Rani Hancock
  • Arrangement:
    • String arrangements – Larry Gold
  • Assistant – Karl Peterson
  • Coordination:
    • Production coordination – Christopher Hunte, Kayla Lee
  • Editing:
  • Drum technician – Chris Bernard, Gersh
  • Engineer – busbee, Adam Comstock, Elivo Fernandes, Steve Hammons, Martin Johnson, Kyle Moorman, Brian Paddock, Mike Piazza, Steve Shebby, SmH, Speed Ninja
    • Assistant engineer – Marcus Johnson
    • Mixing engineer – John Hanes
    • String engineer – Jeff Chestak
  • Instrumentation – Martin Johnson
  • Mastering – Chris Gehringer
  • Mixing – Serban Ghenea
  • Producer – Chris Daughtry, Martin Johnson, Johnny Blk, busbee, DreZa, Elivo Fernandes, Toby Gad, Onree Gill, Martin Johnson, Claude Kelly, MDL, Rock Mafia, Jake Sinclair
  • Programming – Martin Johnson, Kyle Moorman, Brian Paddock, Steve Shebby, Jake Sinclair
    • Additional production – Johnny Blk, Aaron Dudley, Kyle Moorman, Brian Paddock, David Schuler
    • String conduction – Larry Gold
  • Art direction – Chris Feldmann, Michelle Holme
  • Band photo – Michael Muller
  • Creative director – Erwin Gorostiza
  • Design – Alice Butts
  • Photography – José Enrique Montes Hernandez, Jasper James

Charts and sales[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Edition(s) Catalog
Germany November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15) Sony Music Entertainment Deluxe 88883-79665-2
United States November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19) Standard
South Korea[43] Sony Music Entertainment Deluxe S20126C
Japan[44] December 25, 2013 (2013-12-25) SICP-3941
United Kingdom[45] February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) Deluxe re-release 88883-79665-2-RE1



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