David Archuleta
American pop singer
David Archuleta
David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.
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American Idol Recap: Hollywood... or Home!
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
American Idol settled in Hollywood last night, where 212 Golden Ticket recipients touched down at LAX… and were immediately whisked to an airport hanger to perform. Of those selected for this round, 52 were considered the weakest and forced to sing for their Season 13 lives in front of Keith, J. Lo and Harry. Talk about pressure! Kenzie Hall American Idol Audition Spencer Lloyd - "Say Something" Who crumbled from it? Who rose to the occasion? Majesty Rose impressed with a Feist cover. Briana Oakley came through with a version of "Mama Do." Spencer Lloyd likely made this kid cry with a rendition of "Say Something." Kenzie Hall’s put an acoustic spin on Macklemore’s "Can’t Hold Us." Tiquila Wilson and Jena Asciuto also performed admirably. Following the Solo auditions, though, it was on to the Group round, an exercise in forced drama and editing that never produces quality music. In this case, Jessica Meuse was made to look like a drama queen for want ...
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Video: David Archuleta's 'Everybody Hurts'
USA Today - over 4 years
Looks like David Archuleta kept busy right up until leaving for his mission trip. He shot his footage for this video the day before he left.
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'Idol' notes: David Archuleta, Chris Sligh, etc.
USA Today - over 4 years
David Archuleta talks about his upcoming album. Chris Sligh gives away his latest. Plus, updates on Haeley Vaughn and Jermaine Jones.
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David Archuleta talks about new album, "Begin"
USA Today - over 4 years
David Archuleta has a new album called "Begin" coming out Aug. 7. He talks about the album in a pair of video clips
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Video: David Archuleta's 'I'll Never Go'
USA Today - over 4 years
David Archuleta recently premiered the music video for his ballad "I'll Never Go," a clip that was filmed in Manila, Philippines.
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Laura Prudom: 'Idol' Finale: Why Phillip Phillips And The 'White Guy With Guitar' Trend Are Bad For Business
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Last night, America crowned Phillip Phillips, the 21-year-old pawn shop worker from Georgia, as the latest "American Idol." This should've come as a surprise to exactly no one, given that Phillip is now the fifth in an uninterrupted line of "White Guys With Guitars" who have snagged the coveted crown over the past few seasons. I was noting the bias towards "WGWG" way back in my recap of the Top 24 -- although in those halcyon days, I was foolishly giving the edge to Colton, just because he was more conventionally attractive (and more annoying), even going so far as to note: "He's white, male and can play an instrument, so he'll probably win." Close enough, right? Clearly, I was discounting the sympathy votes Phil-Phil would earn for his kidney problems, but I did note that he had one of the stand-out performances in the first live round. I've enjoyed a number of his renditions over the course of the competition, but I haven't had a horse in this race since Elise Teston ...
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'American Idol' finale 2012: How to compare Phillip and Jessica?
LATimes - over 4 years
The first thing that Phillip Phillips is going to need to do is change his name, or take on a nickname, if (or when) he becomes America's 11th American Idol. If he's to continue his pop career, he's going to need something less obvious. Maybe Phillip Danger, or Phil Trembley, or Flannel Phil. A name that has some pizazz so he can separate himself from the pack after concluding what host Ryan Seacrest described on Tuesday's final performance show as "one of the tightest finale races in our history." If that's true — Seacrest is one of most hyperbole-prone hosts in the history of the universe — then 16-year-old powerhouse vocalist Jessica Sanchez on Tuesday didn't make that race any tighter. Though she's got just as much magnetism as Flannel Phil, Sanchez's performances were on the whole less captivating than his — especially the final songs of the evening, those picked as potential singles for the singers. Sanchez chose a bland ballad called "Change Nothing," and Phillips, who earli ...
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Video playlist: Underwood, Archuleta, more
USA Today - almost 5 years
Interviews from Carrie Underwood and David Archuleta. Plus an odd mash-up from two former "Idol" contestants.
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Food Trucks Gearing Up for Dates Across Region
Loma Linda Patch - almost 5 years
They offer such tantalizing creations such as sushi burritos, monster burgers and bacon ice cream. And they're all restaurants on wheels. The gourmet food truck craze has grown over the past few years across Southern California, but not in San Bernardino County, due to health regulations. But the trucks are allowed at special events, and there will be plenty of chances in the coming weeks to check them out in the area -- including twice at fundraisers to help area organizations. On April 21, Redlands East Valley High School will be hosting 15 food trucks as a fundraiser for the school's football program, and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Trucks scheduled to be there include Jogasaki (the home of the sushi burritos mentioned above), MeSo Hungry, BaconMania and Thai 1 On. The festival is set to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school. Admission is only $5, and children age 4 and younger are free. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets, but no outside ...
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‘Idol’ runner-up Archuleta to start Mormon mission
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
“American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta has posted a farewell YouTube video to fans as he prepares for a two-year Mormon mission in South America. The 21-year-old singer says in a video blog posted Wednesday that his contact with fans will be limited while he’s in the undisclosed country. KSL reports he entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Wednesday as a precursor to the assignment. Archuleta competed on the seventh season of “American Idol” and has since released three albums. He announced at a December concert that he’d be going on a mission, like many young men in the church. He says in his video that he’s “trying to focus on something else” besides his career, and looks forward to spending more “one-on-one time with my Heavenly Father.”
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WATCH: David Archuleta Cuts His Hair for Mormon Mission
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
It’s been a little over three months since <a class="fplink fp-59158" href="/David+Archuleta+1">David Archuleta</a> surprised his fans with the announcement that he was putting his music career on hold...
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CDL Exclusive: American Idol Runner-Up David Archuleta Arrives In Manila (Photos)
Beleb Dirty Laundry - about 5 years
American Idol runner-up <a class="fplink fp-59158" href="/david+archuleta">David Archuleta</a>, 21, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manilla, Philippines on January 13, 2012, and was met by a lively group composed of supporters, the media, and a welcoming team from his network affiliate, TV5.   David accepted a part in the TV5 series, Nandito Ako out of love for his Filipino fans, all … Keep Reading
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David Archuleta 'excited' to shoot Philippine TV series
AZCentral - Arizona's Home Page - about 5 years
"American Idol" runner-up <a class="fplink fp-59158" href="/david+archuleta">David Archuleta</a> says he's "excited" about working on a Philippine TV series.
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David Archuleta - David Archuleta To Star In Filipino Sitcom
Contact Music - about 5 years
Singer <a class="fplink fp-59158" href="/david+archuleta">David Archuleta</a> has signed up to star in a Filipino TV series before he embarks on his Mormon missionary service The former American Idol winner recently announced plans to put his music career on hold to focus on his religious work with the Church...
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David Archuleta to star in Filipino TV series
USA Today - about 5 years
Before he leaves for his Mormon mission, <a class="fplink fp-59158" href="/david+archuleta">David Archuleta</a> will star in a TV series for Filipino network TV5. Plus, news on Adam Lambert, etc.
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Coverboy: Donald: A fan of David Archuleta and Omega, this 21-year-old has lesbian aunts and a dog named Romeo
Metro Weekly - about 5 years
Coverboy Interview: Donald gets around. At least, he used to. Born in Iceland because of his dad's Air Force job, from there he spent much of his life bouncing around -- California, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Virginia …. ''I didn't like being the new kid growing up, but I like meeting new people. I can adjust easily, but at the same time I want to settle down.'' And at 21 he has, living in Bethesda with his fiancé, and his surrogate parents – his lesbian aunts – living nearby. That's not to say Donald and the beau are entirely settled. ''My fiancé and I both dance at Omega on Wednesdays," he says. What's on your nightstand?Lube, alarm clock, candles and a remote. Coverboy: Donald What's in your nightstand drawer?Underwear and porn. Magazines or DVDs?DVDs, all sorts. What are your television favorites?We don't watch a lot of TV. Just movies. Yeah, I've heard about your nightstand. Where do you get mainstream movies?Netflix. My personal favorites are musicals. ...
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Comment on David Archuleta Asks You To “Wait” by Raquel
Pop Dust - about 5 years
Here’s the official HD version of the music video for Wait. The one posted is not complete. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY5P2aa7QP0
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David Archuleta Asks You To “Wait”
Pop Dust - about 5 years
Prior to his two-year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, <a class="fplink fp-59158" href="/david+archuleta">David Archuleta</a> has given fans something to remember him by. “Wait,” the new video off his album The Other Side of Down‘s Asian Tour edition, not only exists as new material but works to help prepare them for his future absence from the music scene. Shot in Hong Kong, Archuleta can be seen walking alone on empty streets, struggling to remain stoic throughout his mounting grief while ladies he comes across have a hard time keeping their beverages intact. We figure this is just what Archie fans will look like in the coming months once their favorite artist has gone out of view, give or take one drink spill. Go ahead and cry into a puddle of sadness over Archie’s impending departure, below.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Archuleta
  • 2016
    Age 25
    Archuleta performed on the fifteenth season finale of American Idol in April 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Do Something and the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, Archuleta is involved with helping willing teenagers make a difference in others' lives with disaster relief. He was also one of several teen celebrities taking part in DoSomething.org's Teens for Jeans charity initiative, which donates denim to homeless teenagers nationwide. In January 2010, Haiti was hit with a major earthquake. On January 22, 2010, Archuleta joined other celebrities for a 2-hour fundraising telethon, where he answered phones and even stayed longer afterward to keep answering the phones. Archuleta partnered with ChildFund International for his My Kind of Christmas Tour in an effort to increase awareness and recruit new sponsors for children in need worldwide. Archuleta also surprised some of ChildFund's children in their Philippines program, when he sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and then met with the children in small groups. He has also been one of the most consistent artist supporters of Invisible Children, rallying fans to donate to protection initiatives in Central Africa, and performing at events held by the organization.
  • 2015
    Age 24
    The song and its music video were to debut on February 12–15, 2015, to perform at RootsTech 2015 with comedy sketch group Studio C.
    More Details Hide Details On September 28, he released a new single as a free download titled "Glorious". The song was used in the motion picture Meet the Mormons.
  • 2014
    Age 23
    Archuleta confirmed on March 24, 2014, that his mission is now completed and he is back home in Utah.
    More Details Hide Details Archuleta embarked on a Military Tribute Tour. Archuleta has been reportedly shooting a music video in Costa Rica for an untitled track, following a tweet from his manager, Kari Sellards, attached with a picture that shows sets for shooting concluded with hashtag #DA2014, which fans have been tweeting on his absence for 2 years. On September 25, photos surfaced online from the set of the shoot for the music video, the title of which remains unrevealed.
  • 2011
    Age 20
    On September 6, 2011, Glad Christmas Tidings, a concert CD and DVD of the choir and Archuleta's performance, was released.
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    As announced at the end of 2011, Archuleta would serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    More Details Hide Details The singer, who was reportedly assigned to Chile, entered the Provo, Utah, Missionary Training Center on March 28, 2012. On August 7, 2012, a pre-recorded album titled Begin was released in the United States. The album consists of cover songs as well as a new original track titled "Broken". On February 12, 2013, a new song called "Don't Run Away", which had leaked online back in October 2012, was released on iTunes as the lead single from Archuleta's second release while serving on his mission. The album titled No Matter How Far, which consists of tracks previously only available in Asia and two newly released original songs, was released on March 26, 2013.
    At the conclusion of the December 19, 2011, show of the My Kind of Christmas Tour, Archuleta announced his intention to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that he would return to music upon the completion of his mission. In early 2012, Archuleta signed a contract with TV5 to shoot a prime-time mini series in the Philippines titled Nandito Ako, which was broadcast from February to March 2012. An Original Pilipino Music album was released in March 26, 2012, in the Philippines, titled Forevermore. This album contains covers of classic Filipino songs, including "Nandito Ako" by Ogie Alcasid, "Forevermore" by Side A, and South Border's "Rainbow".
    From July 16 to 26, 2011, Archuleta toured Asia, performing in Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh), and Malaysia.
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    On July 2, 2011, Archuleta joined Brad Paisley to perform at the Stadium of Fire, where he performed the national anthem in addition to his five-song set.
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    It was also announced on February 17, 2011, that Archuleta left his management Wright Entertainment Group.
    More Details Hide Details Archuleta intends to spend time working on writing original material.
    On February 18, 2011, it was announced by Jive Records that David Archuleta had been released from his contract with them.
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  • 2010
    Age 19
    On June 1, 2010, Archuleta released Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and the Power of Perseverance, a memoir which refers to "the partial vocal paralysis he suffered in 2004 but has now fully recovered from".
    More Details Hide Details He went on a book signing tour beginning in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The book was a bestseller.
    On October 7, 2010, it was announced that David Archuleta would be the guest star at the annual Christmas concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
    More Details Hide Details Archuleta sang in performances on December 16–19.
    His album The Other Side of Down was released on October 5, 2010.
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    However, on June 30, 2010, the full version of "Something 'Bout Love" became available to play on his website.
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    On June 24, 2010, Jive Records announced that his new single would be released on DavidArchuleta.com on July 13, and iTunes on July 20.
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    In an interview with AOL's Something Pitchy, Archuleta revealed that the release of his next album was planned for Fall 2010 (he did mention a late September release, but then went back to the Fall).
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    Archuleta sang live at the Tejano Music Awards, covering Selena's songs, Como La Flor and No Me Queda Más at the event as a tribute on July 11, 2010.
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    Archuleta came back to the American Idol stage on April 7, 2010, on the show's ninth season and performed John Lennon's "Imagine", which David had performed previously in the Top 20 Week when he was a contestant on the show.
    More Details Hide Details After his performance, he mentioned that he was working on his third studio album. Archuleta sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Stand by Me" at the 30th anniversary of the annual A Capitol Fourth concert in Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July. The show was aired on PBS at 8pm EST live and tape delay PT.
  • 2009
    Age 18
    Archuleta became the opening act for Demi Lovato's tour which began June 21, 2009.
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    On May 16, 2009, Archuleta and David Cook performed in the Mall of Asia: Concert Grounds for their Back-to-Back Concert in Manila, Philippines.
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    In August 2009, Archuleta won three Teen Choice Awards for Breakout Artist, Love Song, and the Music Tour category with Demi Lovato.
    More Details Hide Details In September he won the Year in Music – Rising Male Star award at the ALMA Awards and performed a cover of the standard "Contigo en la Distancia". Archuleta's acting debut was when he appeared as himself on Nickelodeon's show iCarly, in "iRocked the Vote". The episode aired February 7, 2009. He made a special guest appearance in Season 3 of the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana in the episode "Promma Mia" as himself, and he sang a duet ("I Wanna Know You") with Miley Cyrus, who played the title character. The song was featured on the soundtrack Hannah Montana 3 and also appeared later on the compilation Best of Hannah Montana.
    On April 30, 2009, he made his first UK television appearance, on The Paul O'Grady Show, performing "Crush" and chatting about his album, which was released there in May.
    More Details Hide Details In May, Archuleta and fellow American Idol David Cook visited the Philippines. Two days later he made live appearances on two of GMA-7's shows, Sis and Eat Bulaga! He also confirmed that month that he was working on two new albums, his sophomore pop album and a Christmas album.
    On April 22, 2009, Archuleta returned to the American Idol stage in its eighth season and performed the third single from his debut album, "Touch My Hand".
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  • 2008
    Age 17
    In August 2008 Archuleta released "Crush", the first single from his self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details The album, released three months later, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart; it has sold over 750,000 copies in the U.S., and over 900,000 worldwide. In October 2010 he released a third album, The Other Side of Down, featuring lead single "Something 'Bout Love". On March 28, 2012, Archuleta left on a two-year hiatus to be a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile, but stated that he will continue his music career after that. As of February 2012, Archuleta has sold 1,108,000 albums and 3,327,000 tracks in the United States. In March 2012, Archuleta released his fourth album, Forevermore, exclusively in the Philippines. This was his first Original Pilipino Music album, composed of several covers of Filipino songs. The album was certified gold in the Philippines (10,000 units) as of June 2012. Archuleta's fifth album, Begin, was released on August 7, 2012, in the United States. His sixth album, No Matter How Far, was released on March 26, 2013.
    Along with American Idol winner David Cook, Archuleta placed second on Forbes list of "Breakout Stars of 2008".
    More Details Hide Details The two co-presented an award at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards in August 2008. Archuleta also received the Teen Choice Award surfboard for "Most Fanatic Fans". Since the release of his debut album, Archuleta has released three new songs: "Let's Talk About Love (The Build-A-Bear theme song)", "Save the Day (released only in Japan as a bonus track in his album)", and "Zero Gravity". In February, it was announced that Archuleta would be touring the United Kingdom, supporting British band McFly on their "Up Close And This Time It's Personal" tour. The tour began on April 21, 2009, and continued until May.
    His first single, "Crush", was released in August 2008 on Z100, a New York radio station.
    More Details Hide Details On August 12 "Crush" became available on iTunes. It debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, beaten only by Rihanna's "Disturbia". It was the best chart debut in more than 18 months. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 166,000 downloads in the first week in the United States. It has sold 1.92 million digital copies in the US.
    His self-titled album, David Archuleta, was released in November 2008.
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    Archuleta signed with Jive Records in June 2008.
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    In July 2008 So You Think You Can Dance, a dance competition reality show, Archuleta's cover of "Imagine" by John Lennon was the featured music for contestants Katee Shean and William Wingfield with their pas de deux performance.
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    Archuleta's first appearances on music ranking charts were with the three songs he performed in the American Idol finale; "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "In This Moment", and "Imagine", debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of June 7, 2008. "Imagine" entered at number 36 (giving Archuleta his first top forty hit), "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" at number 58, and "In This Moment" entered at number 60.
    More Details Hide Details That same week he had three songs on Billboards Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart as well, where his versions of "Longer", "Think of Me", and "Angels" debuted at number 15, number 19, and number 24 respectively.
    A May 2008 Associated Press article reported that Jeff Archuleta had his son add a lyric from the Sean Kingston song "Beautiful Girls" into an interpretation of "Stand by Me" (from which "Beautiful Girls" samples its bass line), increasing the costs for licensing, and that this had resulted in Jeff Archuleta being banned from American Idol backstage rehearsals.
    More Details Hide Details Archuleta defended his father, calling him "a great guy" who keeps him grounded. During the Top 7 results show, the contestants were split into two groups. In one group was Syesha Mercado, Brooke White, and Kristy Lee Cook. In the other group was David Cook, Carly Smithson, and Jason Castro. Archuleta was the only one not sorted into a group. He was declared safe after the groups were formed, then was asked to choose the group he thought was safe. He refused, and sat down on the floor of the stage, much as Melinda Doolittle had done the previous season. In the finale he sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "In This Moment" and "Imagine". Judge Simon Cowell declared that Archuleta won the evening and even David Cook, who ultimately won, thought Archuleta would win: "I have to concede it, the kid came out all three songs and nailed it," said Cook. In the final tally, Archuleta received 44 percent of the votes. During the finale show, identical commercials featuring Archuleta and fellow finalist Cook mimicked the Tom Cruise scene from Risky Business where he dances in his underwear playing an air guitar; they were promoting the game franchise Guitar Hero.
  • 2007
    Age 16
    Archuleta received his ticket to the Hollywood auditions at the San Diego tryouts – held at Qualcomm Stadium at the end of July 2007 – with a performance of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" with judge Randy Jackson spontaneously joining in to sing the background "waiting" in the song.
    More Details Hide Details He was sixteen during the Hollywood auditions and attended school while a part of American Idol's seventh season. A parent/guardian was required to be there because he was a minor. Archuleta also took advantage of the decision to allow contestants to play musical instruments when he accompanied himself on piano for his performances of "Crazy", "Another Day in Paradise", and "Angels". During the 1970s themed week Archuleta sang the John Lennon song "Imagine", omitting the earlier verses in favor of the last one. Los Angeles Times columnist Ann Powers speculated that he wanted to avoid singing "no religion too" because of his faith. "As a Mormon, he's unlikely to espouse the song's agnostic ideal", she wrote. However, he did sing the entire song on Good Things Utah when he was thirteen. When asked by judge Randy Jackson why he didn't sing the first verse, Archuleta said the third verse was his favorite because it has "a great message."
  • 2002
    Age 11
    Archuleta made initial attempts at songwriting and arranging music after his Star Search experience and has written at least three songs. His first singles in 2002 written by his father and Sunny Hilden "Dream Sky High" and a song he had written by Yani Gileadi "Don't Tell Me".
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  • 1990
    Archuleta was born on December 28, 1990 in Miami, Florida, to Lupe Marie (née Mayorga), a salsa singer and dancer, and Jeff Archuleta, a jazz musician.
    More Details Hide Details His mother is from Honduras and his father is of Spanish - Basque, Danish, Irish, German, and Iroquois descent. He speaks fluent Spanish. Archuleta has four siblings. His family moved to the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, when he was six years old. He now lives in Murray where he attended Murray High School. Archuleta earned his Eagle Scout award in 2010 of the Boy Scouts of America. When Archuleta, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was 21, he volunteered for two years as a full-time missionary in Santiago, Chile. Archuleta is also a graduate of Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Salt Lake City. Archuleta started singing at the age of six, inspired by a Les Misérables video. "That musical is what started all of this," he said. He started performing publicly at age ten when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition, singing "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton; he won the Child Division.
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