Those of us that celebrate Christmas have been accused of focusing more on the material than the spiritual. Images of people trampling others at Black Friday sales come to mind. Fortunately, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we understand that this is a season of giving true gifts rather than material gifts, of focusing on others rather than on ourselves, and of acting as Christ would act as he gave His gifts.
David Archuleta has been singing ever since he can remember. His family moved from Florida to Sandy, Utah, and started taking him out Christmas caroling at a very young age. He won his first talent show at the age of ten, in the children’s division of the Utah Talent Competition, which led to other television and singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on the TV show Star Search 2.
In 2008, as David Archuleta waited in the wings for his turn onstage on American Idol, he had no idea how his life was about to change. He continued through to make the finals and finished as the American Idol first runner-up in Season 7.
Archuleta went from Idol to missionary in 2012, when he took a two-year hiatus in order to serve a mission to Chile for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While at the Missionary Training Center, he continued to perform by singing with the missionary choir for General Conference. He also performed during two Christmas productions that were held on the Santiago Chile Temple grounds.
Archuleta resumed his music career soon after he returned home. Since his first appearance on American Idol ten years ago, he has grown into one of the more popular and successful singer/songwriters to have appeared on the show. He has since been nominated for many music awards, made eight albums overall, and recently released his second Christmas album, Christmas in The Air.
“We love David’s music; he is such a good inspiration and role model to everyone, in music and in speaking,” says local fan Sister Kristy Smith, of the Kimball East Stake. “He teaches that even in times of trial, with faith and hope, anything is possible.”
His new album includes some well-known classics, such as “White Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” and “Mary, Did You Know?”, plus several new original songs, including one of his favorites, the upbeat “Christmas Every Day.”
“I tend to gravitate to more serious and slower Christmas songs. This time I wanted to have some fun and write a song that would make people happy and feel the joy of the holidays,” says Archuleta. “I felt the pressure of trying to write an upbeat Christmas song as I thought it would be easy to fail miserably. With the help of Dave Barnes and Cason Cooley, I’m thrilled with how our song ‘Christmas Every Day,’ turned out. It makes me happy.”
In support of his new release, he’s on a month-long Christmas tour which will arrive at the Mesa Arts Center on December 6th. Ticket info is on his website at https://davidarchuleta.com/home/live/.