Dallas, TX –  Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and The Salvation Army’s national community relations secretary Major George Hood announced that the group Daughtry would be the featured artists for the 2009 Thanksgiving Day Red Kettle Kick-off.  The Grammy-nominated band was on hand to talk about their performance, meet Cowboys players and representatives and talk with children from local Salvation Army programs.

Daughtry is a rock band from North Carolina, formed and fronted by former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry in 2006. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2006, reaching number one for two non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200, sold more than four million copies and was named the number one selling album of 2007 by Billboard.

The bands’s sophomore record, Leave This Town, was released on July 14, 2009 debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 269,000 copies in its first week. About, Leave This Town, Chris Daughtry says., “A lot of the lyrics are about how leaps of faith can set us free or tie us down, and realizing that we often find heartache when we run from something and redemption when we run toward something,” With this release, Chris Daughtry made American Idol history by becoming the first ‘Idol’ to have two consecutive #1 albums.

The Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army have celebrated the national kickoff of the Red Kettle campaign for the last 12 years, raising more than $1 billion for people in need during that time. The game and halftime show has become and annual Thanksgiving tradition for millions of football fans across the country.  This year, the Cowboys will face the Oakland Raiders on November 26 starting at 3:15 pm CST.

Previous Red Kettle Kickoff halftime performers include: Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gillman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

This will be the first Salvation Army halftime show held at the new Cowboy Stadium.