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December 05, 2018

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David Archuleta

It wouldn't be holiday season in Utah without native son David Archuleta bringing his Christmas tour to town for multiple stops. The American Idol runner-up and adult contemporary superstar released his new Christmas album, Winter in the Air, last month, reinterpreting classics like "White Christmas" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" while co-writing new songs like "Christmas Every Day" and "He Is Born." Positivity reigns supreme on "Christmas Every Day," with the perpetually baby-faced and angel-voiced Archuleta wishing "I could always feel this way/ Like it's Christmas every day." Yes, it's sappy, but isn't all good holiday music? And don't discount young Archuleta as a total pushover, either; just last week, the 27-year-old opened up to Yahoo Entertainment about the lingering PTSD of his time on American Idol, which portrayed his father as controlling and paranoid when in fact the Archuleta family remains close-knit and joyful. "We've all grown," Archuleta said in the interview. "We're doing well. I feel like my family's in a happy place again. A lot of healing has taken place. It made my family become stronger. We had to make that decision and say, 'You know what? We're going to trust each other, regardless of what other people think of us and what people say.'" Amen, indeed. In addition to this Dec. 10 show at Utah Valley University's UCCU Center, Archuleta will spread the Christmas gospel at Logan High School on Dec. 8, Vernal Middle School on Dec. 20 and at Sevier Valley Arena in Richfield on Dec. 21. UCCU Center, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem, 6:30 p.m., $25-$55, all ages,