David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter.
He started singing at the age of 6, even becoming the Junior Vocal Champion on the second season of Star Search in 2003. In 2008, he placed second in the seventh season of American Idol. Later that year, he would release his self-titled debut album.
Since then, he has released eight more albums, and has sold over 3 million tracks. He is also an active member of the LDS Church, having taken a two-year hiatus in 2012 to do missionary work in Chile.
- David Archuleta (2008)
- Christmas from the Heart (2009)
- The Other Side of Down (2010)
- Forevermore (2012)
- Begin (2012)
- No Matter How Far (2013)
- Postcards in the Sky (2017)
- Winter in the Air (2018)
- Therapy Sessions (2020)
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: During one session of the LDS churchs April 2012 General Conference (a semiannual weekend-long global broadcast of sermons from church leaders), the internet was set abuzz when viewers briefly spotted David singing in the Missionary Training Center choir.
- Mission from God: His two-year proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. note LDS belief dictates that God Himself decides where individuals serve their missions.
- One Steve Limit: Averted when he was a contestant on American Idol—he went to the finals against David Cook.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: David only narrowly lost Idol to David Cook, surprising Cook himself and despite being Simon Cowells favorite. To date, Archuleta has the bigger fanbase (to illustrate: as of August 2019, Cook has almost 285,000 Twitter followers, while Archuleta has about 1.2 million).
- Teen Idol: Naturally; he got his big break on American Idol at 17, and many a teenage girl found themselves infatuated.