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David Archuleta brings ‘Christmas Every Day’ to Fairfield Theatre Company

By Linda Tuccio-Koonz


Updated 2:17 pm EST, Monday, December 3, 2018

With the release of his new song, “Christmas Every Day,” David Archuleta is obviously on Santa’s “Good List.” The tune is a crowd-pleaser, capturing the holiday spirit with its cheerful lyrics.

Archuleta sings of friends “all warmed up by the fire,” and how he wishes “I could always feel this way, like it’s Christmas every day.” The tune — from his new album, “Winter In The Air” — was named one of the “5 Best New Christmas Songs of 2018.”

“Winter In The Air” also features such classics as “White Christmas.” The title track, which he co-wrote, is among the songs he'll perform at The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

“I put everything I love about Christmas and the spirit of the season into this album — the happy parts and the sacred parts,” said the multiplatinum-selling artist.

Archuleta was a teenager when he captured countless hearts on “American Idol” in 2008. “It’s pretty crazy to think it’s been 10 years” since his second-place win on that show, he said in a phone chat. “I think about before, and what has happened since, and it’s almost like two lives... All the traveling and fans and albums. It seriously feels like so long ago, yet I still feel young.”

The star said airline officials still check his ID sometimes to see if he’s old enough to travel alone. When they see he’s 27, they say “You got the good genes!” And he says, “I guess so.”

The funny thing is, he didn’t always feel so lucky. As a kid, he felt “socially awkward” and didn’t even like his own voice. “I could not stand my voice when I was growing up. I was like, ‘Don’t play it back.’”

Over time though, he began to appreciate it. “There’s something, a sense of peace, I feel when I sing and I can’t help but love to connect to that feeling. I feel like I touch a piece of heaven; it’s like a window of heaven opens.”

Archuleta’s hope is that when he performs, it helps people connect to that same feeling. “If that is the case, then I will keep trying,” he said.

Some of his drive comes from lessons learned while growing up in Utah. Initially, he saw himself as a Pokemon-loving kid who liked “Legends of Zelda” and being alone. He thought he had to be “like a white Chris Brown” to be successful, but his parents taught him, “You are a child of God, you are made to be who you are.” Eventually he realized the only thing he needed to be was himself.

Looking ahead, Archuleta said Christmas shows are his favorite to perform. “There’s a special spirit in the air during the holidays,” he said. “I love to pass it on, to create a place for people to feel it.”

He acknowledged the holidays aren’t always easy for people. “If you’re looking for some holiday cheer and a fun thing to do with a loved one, a family member or friend... I hope you can come. We all want to feel a sense of peace, but sometimes we are not sure how to do it. I feel I can help people a little with that through music.”