David James Archuleta was just 16 in 2008 when he appeared on Season 7 of “American Idol” and more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice. He received 44 million votes and became the runner-up for that season. Since that time, David has garnered much success and popularity in the music industry with the release of numerous singles and record albums. He has said, “Music was always a part of my life growing up. My mother was also big on dancing and would teach my older sister and me to dance to traditional music. I can’t think about celebrating my family without thinking about celebrating music.”
David is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in 2012, he made the decision to put his music career on hold and serve a two-year, full-time mission for the Church. He served in Santiago, Chile, in La Misión Chile Rancagua.
Returning home from his mission in March 2014, it was evident that the fire of missionary service continues to burn in his heart. Since his return, he has traveled to the Middle East to perform for U.S. military troops, and he also spoke at a youth fireside in Ethiopia. Throughout the fireside, David sang four hymns: “If the Savior Stood Beside Me,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” and “Be Still, My Soul.” He told the audience, “Going on a mission is the most amazing thing I have done in my life.” He also recorded the song “Glorious” for the movie “Meet the Mormons,” recording the song in both English and Spanish. In addition, he has had numerous speaking engagements and has made guest appearances at different events such as RootsTech 2015, and most recently, on 23 March 2016, he spoke to a group of students at an event at the Sevier Valley Center on the Richfield campus of Snow College located in Ephraim, Utah. David has also been busy writing songs for a release planned for 2016.
David has several other speaking engagements lined up as he will one of the presenters at an upcoming series of events for Time Out for Women. In his book David Archuleta, Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance, he comments, “I like to believe that you don’t need to reach a certain goal to be happy. I prefer to think that happiness is always there and that when things don’t go the way we might like them to, it’s a sign from above that something even better is right around the corner.” Time Out for Women is designed to help women to realize exactly what David speaks of. According to their website:
For over 10 years, Time Out for Women has been inviting faithful women to step away from the daily routine and make space for themselves and their spiritual lives. What started as an inspirational weekend event full of music, cheering, presenters, friends, and laughter has grown into a worldwide community of like-minded women seeking good. Whether they connect through TOFW.com or at a local event, TOFW women are choosing to be uplifted, re-energized, educated, entertained, and inspired with thousands of women all over the world.
The cities where David will be appearing are as follows:
April 15-16 Orlando, FL
April 22-23 Cincinnati, OH
May 6-7 Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada)
Sept 9-10 Madison, WI
Sept 16-17 Sacramento, CA (Women & Girls event)
Oct 14-15 Birmingham, AL
With his musical talents and glowing testimony, David is sure to not only entertain those in attendance but also leave them feeling uplifted and spiritually fed, ready to face the challenges of everyday life with a new perspective.