David James Archuleta is perhaps one of the most down-to-earth people you will ever meet. The 28-year-old pop singer and American Idol alum inspires millions worldwide with his calm demeanor, angelic voice, and genuine personality.
David recently sat down with Desert News for an interview. Partway through the interview, he apologized and stopped to respond to a text message he received. What was so important about the message? The message was from members of his team informing him that all three singles from his Christmas album, Winter in the Air, had made it into the top 20 of iTunes’ Holiday Songs Chart. The songs that the team were talking about are “Christmas Every Day” and “Winter in the Air” from the original album release in 2018, and “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” from his new Winter in the Air (Deluxe) album. Both the deluxe album and the new single from that album were released on Thursday, 14 November 2019. The music video for “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” was filmed with former NSYNC band members Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick.
In addition to the exciting news about the three singles, David is also preparing to begin his 2019 Christmas tour, with the first show being in Richfield, Utah, on Saturday, 23 November 2019. He told the Deseret News that he is looking forward to doing a Christmas tour because people who come to the shows “don’t even have to be David Archuleta fans, they just have to like Christmas music and can come in and enjoy the show.” He added, “Christmas music is just a very joyful music. Fans can come to the show and “sing along and have a fun time, and it gets people excited for the holidays.”
Though David now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, he commented that he enjoys coming back to Utah to perform because of the “hometown” feel. The month-long Christmas tour will include several stops in Utah, including a performance in Moab, Utah, on Tuesday, 26 November, at the Historic Star Hall, and at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on Saturday, 30 November. He explained, “There’s always a different vibe when it’s a hometown crowd.”
David Archuleta, originally from Murray, Utah, was only 16 years old when he stepped on the American Idol stage for the first time in 2008. Though he came in second place to David Cook, it was his time on the show that garnered him a sizable fan-base and helped launch his phenomenal music career. Now, almost a decade later, David reflects on that time and admits, “It’s kind of weird to think of the ways his life has changed since then. I’ve entered a world I never thought I would — I’ve gotten to rub shoulders with a lot of new people, other artists, and to be recognized by them as well. . . .It’s exciting to have that recognition and attention. . . .[but] that’s really not what it’s all about. Even though it can be convincing at first that it is.”
David is already busy on his next music project which he plans to unveil in early 2020. He says that these days, creating music is as much for himself as it is about pleasing his fans. He said, “I can’t only do this for other people, otherwise I would be left feeling very worn out and used up. I need to allow myself to do this for me as well. Otherwise, it’s not really worthwhile.”