David Archuleta | Biography 2021
David Archuleta | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name David Archuleta
  • Occupation Singer, Musician
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Florida, USA
  • Born Year And Birthday Dec 28, 1990
  • Age 30 Years, 5 Months
American Pop Singer

David Archuleta | Biography 2021

Archuleta participated in 'American Idol' Season 7 and became the second runner-up in May 2008. The same year, he released ‘Crush,’ the first single from his debut album David Archuleta. The single climbed at number two on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart. 


Quick Information
  • Full Name David Archuleta
  • Occupation Singer, Musician
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Florida, USA
  • Birth Date Dec 28, 1990
  • Age 30 Years, 5 Months

David Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He is a former American Idol contestant who rose to fame after releasing his first single, ‘Crush,’ from his self-titled debut album.

Who is David Archuleta?

Aspiring to become a singer from a young age, David Archuleta won the children’s division of the ‘Utah Talent Competition’ at age ten. He became the ‘Junior Vocal Champion' on Star Search 2 in 2003 when he was 12 years old. At 16, Archuleta participated in American Idol Season 7 and became the second runner-up in May 2008. The same year, he released ‘Crush,’ the first single from his debut album David Archuleta. The single climbed at number two on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart. 

He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2012, he took a break from music to serve a two-year mission in Chile for the church.

Early Life and Education

David James Archuleta was born on 28 December 1990 in Miami, Florida, the United States. He was born as a second child to Jeff Archuleta, a jazz musician, and Lupe Marie, a salsa singer and dancer. 

He has four siblings: Daniel and three sisters—Claudia, Jazzy, and Amber. 

As Archuleta grew up in a musical family, he started singing from a very young age of six after being inspired by the musical drama Les Miserables

Archuleta used to sing carols with his family during his elementary school days. His mother and siblings taught him the technique of singing Christmas songs in three-part harmony. He was surprised to see the impact of music on Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients as his singer parents often performed at hospitals and nursing homes.

Early Journey

Archuleta started his public performance when he was ten years old. He participated and won the Children Division of the ‘Utah Talent Competition’ by singing ‘I Will Always Love You,’ by Dolly Parton. 

In 2003, he participated in the television talent competition show Star Search and became the ‘Junior Vocal Champion’ on Star Search 2 at the age of 12. His participation in Star Search led him to appear as a guest on the Jenny Jones Show, where he met the finalists from season 1 of American Idol. Archuleta performed a cappella of ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ from Dreamgirls and received praise from Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson. Later, he also appeared on CBS’s chat show The Early Show

A year later, he appeared in Star Search, Archuleta was diagnosed with partial vocal paralysis, but he declined risky surgery and said he almost recovered afterward. However, he sang only for specific occasions, such as the Independence Day celebration at Brigham Young University Stadium.

‘American Idol’

Archuleta was an ardent fan of American Idol. In 2007, he turned 16 and became eligible to participate in the talent show. But, when he came to know about the announcement of season seven of American Idol, he had already lost confidence in himself.

“I thought it would be a waste of everyone’s time if I auditioned,” Archuleta recalled and added, “I didn’t think I had a shot, and I didn’t know how my voice would handle it.”

However, with the support of his family and friends, Archuleta decided to participate in the audition. His father helped him choose music for the auditions and finally left for San Diego for the Hollywood audition in July 2007. Eventually, Archuleta made it to the semi-finals at the Hollywood audition and became one of the 24 contestants to compete on the show. He battled his fellow contestants for the next 13 weeks and made it to the finale. He ended up as a second runner-up of season seven of the American Idol.

Discontent with the Show’s Coverage of His Personal Life

Even though making it to the finale was a milestone for Archuleta, he got affected by the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that came with it, especially after the media and even the TV show producers misrepresented his relationship with his father.

During an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, he opened up about his experience on American Idol and how the TV show affected him, stating, “Just all the pressure. You’re basically a character on a TV show, and parts of it are worked so that it fits the TV show — but they’re using your personal life. So you become this character, but it’s with your own name, parts of who you actually are, but other parts that are portrayed in a way that you’re not actually.”

During his time in the show, his father was depicted as a manipulative manager who reportedly yelled at Archuleta during the recording session. Clarifying the controversy, he said, “I think one of the biggest misconceptions people did have was with my dad. Yeah, I don’t always get along with my parents, and I did have some struggles with my dad, but I feel like a lot of those struggles were created from American Idol.” 

He further stated that such controversy affected his relationship with his family. “They don’t know what’s going on in my home. They don’t know how this is affecting us, and how people look at us,” he added.

Later, one of his fellow American Idol contestants referred him to a therapist specializing in treating reality television stars. Eventually, Archuleta and his family began to heal. Sharing the importance of therapy comparing how mental health was viewed in the past, he said, “I think therapy is good for anyone. Mental health is something that was so taboo before. My grandma struggled with mental health in the ’80s, but no one really wanted to talk about it… They didn’t know what to say, because in their culture it was just something you didn’t talk about.”

‘Crush’

Following American Idol, Archuleta signed a recording contract with Jive Records in June 2008.

His first single, ‘Crush,’ was released in August 2008 and got second place on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart, becoming the highest new entry of 2008. It was the seventh single to debut inside the top 10 of the ‘Hot 100’ in 2008. Even the song was not performed on the popular show American Idol, it scored the best opening by an American Idol finalist. The track sold 166,000 downloads in the first week and eventually sold 1.92 million digital copies in the United States. 

Reviewing the song, Chuck Taylor of Billboard magazine praised it for an appropriate match for Archuleta, citing it as a “hummable, age-appropriate midtempo pop ditty for the 17-year-old, showcasing his fine mass-appeal vocal stylings with creamy harmonies and some nice falsetto effects.”

Archuleta also became second in the Forbes list of ‘Breakout Star of 2008’, in which American Idol winner David Cook got the first position. In August 2008, Cook and Archuleta co-presented an award at the '2008 Teen Choice Award,’ where Archuleta also won the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for ‘Choice Most Fanatic Fans.’ 

David Archuleta on ‘iCarly’

In 2008, Archuleta also made his acting debut when he guest-starred, playing a fictional version of himself on an episode of Nickelodeon’s show iCarly, ‘IRocked the Vote.’ The episode aired on 7 February 2009. 

In the show, he portrayed the role of a 16 years old contestant who became one of the youngest finalists on an Idol-esque show called American Sings and wins the contest upon receiving a huge spike in votes after being endorsed on the show Carly’s website.

‘Hannah Montana’

In 2009, Archuleta appeared on an episode of popular TV show Hannah Montana, ‘Promma Mia,’ as himself. On the show, he also sang the song ‘I Wanna Know You’ with the lead cast of the show Hannah Montana, played by Miley Cyrus.

Songs and Albums 

In November 2008, Archuleta released his eponymous debut album, David Archuleta.

His album’s release was undoubtedly his most significant achievement, but he constantly clashed with the record label.

“Record label management wanted to make me into a person that was so different from who I had presented myself to be on Idol. People would say, ‘You don’t know who you are. You don’t know what you want to be. This is who you are.’ But I told them, ‘You know what? That’s not who I am. Regardless of what will get more radio play, that’s not what I’m supposed to do. I don’t want double-meaning lyrics. I don’t want things to be taken the wrong way,’” he said and further added, “Music has an impact, and as an artist, I can influence the way people think, the way they feel. No one can tell me what I am and am not. I’m just going to be true to myself.”

On 22 April 2009, he returned to the American Idol stage in its eighth season and performed the third single from his debut album titled Touch My Hand. Within a week, he made his first UK television appearance on The Paul O’Grady Show.

In October 2009, Archuleta released his second album Christmas from the Heart. The following year, he released the third album, The Other Side of Down, which featured his lead single, ‘Something ‘Bout Love.’ 

In March 2012, he released his first Original Pilipino music album and his fourth album, Forevermore, exclusively in the Philippines. His fifth album, Begin, was later released on 7 August 2012. 

Later in the same year, Archuleta took a break from music and went for a two-year religious mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile on 28 March. 

In March 2013, his compilation album, No Matter How Far, was released. Following the end of his missionary trip, Archuleta returned to Utah in early 2014 and set out on tour. He released several stand-alone singles in the following years, including ‘Nunca Pense’ and ‘Glorious.’ In 2015, he recorded a version of ‘The Prayer’ with classical singer Nathan Pacheco for the holiday season. The video was a part of a Christmas series promoted by the Mormon church, where he served a two-year religious mission from 2012 to 2014. The song eventually peaked at No. 4 on the ‘Billboard Holiday Digital Song Sales’ chart and also reached no. 6 on the Christian Digital Song Sales.

In 2017, he released his sixth studio album, Postcards in the Sky, featuring 16 tracks, including its lead single ‘Numb’ and ‘Invincible.’ In 2018, Archuleta released his seventh studio album, Winter in the Air. This holiday-themed music collection included the single ‘Christmas Every Day.’ 

On 26 March 2020, Archuleta released a new single and music video, ‘OK, All Right,’ uncovering the internal struggle he faced over the past few years and how he managed to fight his demons. Later on 20 May, he released his eighth studio album, Therapy Sessions, which consisted of 10 original tracks, including songs’ OK, All Right’ and ‘Paralyzed.’

Later, on 14 May 2021, Archuleta’s ‘Losin’ Sleep’ was released. 

Concerts, Tours And Events

From April to May 2009, he went for a tour in the United Kingdom, supporting the British Band McFly. Archuleta also served as the special guest for Demi Lovato’s Summer Tour 2009 that began on 21 June. In August, Archuleta received three ‘Teen Choice Awards’ under the ‘Breakout Artist,’ ‘Love Song,’ and the ‘Music Tour’ categories. In September, he won the Year in Music’s ‘Rising Male Star Award’ at the ALMA Awards. During the event, he also performed a cover of the standard ‘Contigo en la Distancia.’

On 8 December 2018, he performed an array of Christmas songs and three original songs from the new album in a concert held at the Logan High School auditorium. It was also a part of his Christmas tour for his new album Winter in The Air

In December 2019, he announced that he would go for a six-week spring tour across North America beginning from 30 March 2020, in Los Angeles, California, in support of his forthcoming new pop album, which featured the song ‘Ok, All Right.’ However, the coronavirus pandemic completely rescheduled his spring plans. Some tours were postponed, while some were canceled. 

During the pandemic, he also became a part of the ‘Billboard’s Live at Home’ concert series on 15 April 2020. The concert series was conducted to raise funds for Covid-19 relief.

‘Be Still, My Soul’

In March 2009, Archuleta sang a religious song, ‘Be Still, My Soul,’ to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during a rehearsal. He was accompanied by Kendra Lowe, who arranged that version. He joined the Choir for the Christmas concerts at the Conference Center in the next year. 

The song also helped him to keep himself grounded during his time on American Idol. On one of his 26 April 2020 Facebook post, he wrote, “This hymn was really important to me during my time on American Idol, where during moments where I was feeling overwhelmed and even beginning to panic, I would pull out the lyrics to this hymn and play the melody in my head as I read them.” He later recorded the song before going to the two-year religious mission in Chile. He added, “I kept the lyrics in my school folder (I still had school as a 17-year-old) and would pull it out to remind myself who was on my side, and that the Lord would help me through it. It helped me again many times through challenges while I was a missionary in Chile for 2 years, as I recorded the hymn right before I left for my mission in 2012.”

‘Glorious’ for ‘Meet the Mormons’

While still a missionary in Chile, Archuleta recorded the song for the Church-backed documentary. In an interview with FM100.3 on 28 September 2014, Archuleta stated, “My mission president … called me and he said, ‘We have a special request from the Church. We don’t want to distract you from your work, but we think this is a good missionary opportunity.’ So I actually went and recorded the song for the film as a missionary.” 

The exclusively recorded inspirational song ‘Glorious’ was featured in the 2014 feature-length documentary Meet the Mormons, which documented the lives of six devout Mormons living in the United States, Costa Rica, Nepal, and beyond. The inspirational song, written by Stephanie Mabey, was originally performed by Russ Dixon for the Efy 2012: Especially for Youth (Arise and Shine Forth) album. As per the request of documentary filmmakers, Archuleta also recorded a faster version of the song for the documentary.

‘I Will Go and Do’

In 2019, Archuleta sang the 2020 youth theme song, ‘I Will Go and Do,’ written by Nik Day. The songwriter initially had wanted to sing the song with his wife, Darla, but after thinking Archuleta’s voice would fit the song perfectly, he asked Archuleta to sing it. Archuleta immediately accepted his offer. 

‘I Will Go and Do’ was written as a part of 2020 EFY and FSY (For the Strength of Youth)

About the song, Nik Day said, “It’s a very iconic scripture, and they needed a song that captured the spirit of the message. I decided to focus on Nephi’s journey from Jerusalem to the promised land. Nephi relied on the Lord every step of the way, and that was the only way he would make it through all the trials he faced. I focused on the idea ‘He’ll provide away,’ and even called the song ‘He’ll Provide a Way’ until we released it. It’s all about how the Savior is always watching over us, and He will provide a way. No matter what He asks of us, He will always be there and help us cross deserts and oceans until we reach our own promised land.”

‘The Vocalist’

Later, Archuleta was announced to be the on-stage judge for The Vocalist competition. Auditions for aspiring singers aged 12 and older were called to audition for Archuleta via the annual Fall River Rural Electric competition in April 2021. 

After a review of all the entries, contestants will be selected for the next round of the competition, which has been scheduled to be held in August 2021, in Afton, Wyoming, as part of the Lincoln County Fair. Archuleta will be one of the judges to judge the aspiring singers during the contest.

What Is David Archuleta's Net Worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Archuleta has an estimated net worth of $5 million, which he earned through his album sales and tours worldwide.

Gay Rumors and Tweet that Offended Gay COmmunity 

After being spotted in a gay nightclub in April 2010 in New York City, some people began to query about his sexuality on social media. But actually, he had visited the club just to see his dance-artist friend Charice perform. He later denied the speculation and posted on his Twitter to let his fans know that he was not gay, writing, “Can get crazy quick. NO worries all, I wouldn’t get into things like that intentionally haha.” The second tweet came moments later, in which he stated, “I just didn’t want you guys to be worried so had to let you guys know the facts!”

In 2015, he offended the LGBT community by tweeting a quote from church leader Boyd K. Packer, which read, “Romantic love is incomplete. It is a prelude. Love is nourished by the coming of children, who spring from the fountain of love... expressed between a man and a woman in marriage. #PresPacker (sic).” 

His tweet quickly drew criticism from those who considered his tweet as an anti-gay message. Two days later, he apologized if he offended anyone with his tweet and stated that his intentions were misunderstood. He posted a statement on his website, which read, “I apologize if I have offended anyone with the quote I sent out Saturday. I guess I didn’t think about the line ‘expressed between a man and a woman in marriage’ being stressed when the whole quote didn’t fit in just 1 tweet.”

He further stated, “I am sorry my intentions were misunderstood, as my main focus was that too often romance is looked at as the end-all when there is so much more. The bonds that can be there within a family and raising kids, as that is the most valuable thing I have: my family. I do hope however, that whoever may have been offended may know I respect everyone’s freedom to believe and live as they choose. I hope others can respect what I value most in my life as well. Again, I’m sorry and please forgive me if I offended you.”

Charity Work

Archuleta has engaged in several charity works and worked for several causes. In 2009, he teamed up with the youth-focused organization Do Something and the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation to encourage willing teenagers to help other people prepare for natural disasters or provide disaster relief. He also took part in DoSomething’s ‘Teens for Jeans’ charity initiative, which donated denim to homeless teenagers across the nation. 

He also supported several other charities and foundations, including, Habitat For Humanity, Lisa Lopes Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Music for Relief, Stand Up To Cancer, and We Are The World Foundation.

In December 2019, he donated $15,000 to a widow Maila Galo, a mother of five in Pocatello.

How old is David Archuleta?

In December 2020, Archuleta posted a picture on his Twitter holding candle 30 in his hand.

Social Media And Merch As Of 20 May 2021

Archuleta has been active on different social media platforms where he keeps updating about his songs and connects with his fans. He has his official accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. He joined YouTube on 11 June 2008, and his videos have been viewed 236,063,110 times, while he has 689k subscribers on his YouTube channel. Similarly, he joined Twitter in March 2009, and he has 1.1 million followers on his Twitter account.

In addition, Archuleta has a Merch Shop, which offers apparel and accessories featuring designs by independent artists.

Did You Know?

With his soulful voice, catchy tune, touchy lyrics, and charming personality, Archuleta has earned millions of global fans. 

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