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David Archuleta

David James ArchuletaDavid Archuleta is a pop singer made famous from American Idol. Ever since he reached the season finale of American Idol Season 7 as runner­up, David Archuleta has inspired millions with his calm demeanor, angelic voice, and genuine personality. After appearing on American Idol, David released a self-­titled debut album, “David Archuleta.” The album was a success and went Gold only three months after he released his first single, “Crush.”

David, who was only 16 when he rose to fame, was born in Miami, Florida, to Lupe Marie Mayorga from Honduras and Jeff Archuleta. Both of his parents were involved with singing and dancing, so David was raised in a musical household. “Music was always a part of my life growing up,” he explains. “I can’t think about celebrating my family without thinking about celebrating music.” When he was six years old, his parents moved his family to Sandy, Utah, and encouraged him to compete in talent competitions. At only ten years old, David won the children’s division of the Utah Talent Competition and the Star Search 2 Junior Vocal Champion award when he was twelve.

After rising to global success from American Idol, David continued to release albums, including The Other Side of Down (2010), Begin (2012), and No Matter How Far (2013). He also made guest appearances on Disney shows, like “Hannah Montana” and “iCarly.” However, one of his favorite guest appearances was for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2010 for their annual Christmas concert. “I grew up with such a great respect for the Choir, and never imagined I’d be up there with them one day,” David said. “Just getting to be up on that stage with the Choir is one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt in my life.”

David James ArchuletaTaking a two-­year break from his music career, David served a full­time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. On his personal blog, he describes his mission as a turning point in his life, saying, “As I was in the wave after American Idol, touring, making appearances, the only focus was trying to make everybody else happy and in the process, I lost myself. I’m so grateful for the mission because I found myself again, and not only that, I discovered so many new things.”

After returning from his mission in March 2014, David has incorporated what he learned and felt on his mission into his music and career. Not only does he include singing in Spanish, but he also uses his social media platform to share his beliefs and get involved. David sang “Glorious” for the Meet the Mormons documentary. He also traveled to the Middle East to perform for U.S. troops and all the way to Slovenia to participate in a charity concert with the Adriatic North Mission. He continues to perform concerts for Time Out for Women and participated in American Idol’s fifteenth-season finale in April 2016.

Currently, David is working on a new album, set to be released in 2016.

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