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DAVID ARCHULETA

In 2008, more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with singer songwriter David Archuleta; with his angelic voice, bashful sweetness and megawatt smile, over 44 million votes made him the first runner-up in Season 7 of American Idol - and a star at age 16. Shortly after “Idol,” David’s first single, “Crush,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track sold more than 2 million digital copies to become double platinum. Three months later, his self-titled album, David Archuleta, sold more than 900,000 copies worldwide.  With a faithful social media following (3.5 million Facebook followers, 1.1 million on Twitter, and over 1 million followers on Tik Tok), David has toured all over the U.S., Canada, Asia and even in the Middle East. In 2020, David released his 8th album, Therapy Sessions, which featured an inside look into his internal struggle with himself - a battle he has experienced for most of his life. He carried a heavy burden by trying to be something he was not, while knowing that who he really was would put him at odds with the church he grew up in.  In 2021, David came out as queer to the LGBTQ community and continues to navigate his identity. During this time, he also had emergency vocal cord surgery, which left him unable to speak much for 3 months, resulting in a period of self-reflection. 

 

In the summer of 2022, David then made his professional musical theater debut as “Joseph” in the acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  In the fall of 2022, David revealed to Good Morning America that he was experiencing a faith crisis and stepping away from the Church of Latter Day Saints, having been a Mormon his whole life. 2023 quickly shaped up to be the Year of Archuleta, not the least of which is because of his return to television. The Masked Singer saw David spread his wings (and end up a finalist) as the Macaw, a bird known for its exuberant personality. An audience favorite, David rose to the top against other heavyweight vocalists such as Pentatonix, Michael Bolton and Sara Evans. Watch HERE  and HERE.  David also joined longtime friend Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons lead singer) for the “Love Loud” tour with Grammy winner Victoria Monét, Tegan and Sara, Lindsey Stirling, Lauv and Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn.  Additionally, David was named  one of OUT Magazine’s “2023 Out 100 Storytellers” HERE and was invited to speak at and unveil George Michael’s Star at Project Angel Food’s Path of Angels ceremony HERE.

 

2023 also saw David release 3 new singles, “Up”- HERE , “I’m Yours” - Winner of six Film Fest Awards for Best Music Video including  Cannes World Film Festival 2024  - HERE and “Afraid To Love” - HERE “This song is about celebrating and getting people to dance. I wanted something that you could hear at a dance club or to get you jamming late at night in your house.  I’ve been learning to accept myself as I am and to not be afraid anymore of what people think of me. Letting go of any hate and declaring to everyone I’m not going to fear what people think of me for loving whoever I love.”

 

David kicked off 2024 as the telecast opening performer at the 2024 Tournament of Roses Parade which aired nationwide to over 22 million viewers on New Year’s Day HERE and announced  (Hollywood Reporter HERE) that he has entered into a book deal brokered by Ultra Literary with Dey Street Books, a division of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins Publishers. The memoir will reveal, for the first time, the truth of his struggles growing up as a devout Mormon, achieving worldwide fame as a teen on American Idol, his choice to halt his music career to go on a mission in Chile, and his lifesaving decision to come out and live authentically.  Additionally, David has been nominated for a GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist,” a Queerty Award for “Best Music Video” and released brand new remixes of “Afraid To Love” mixed by Willy Beaman  & Tim Ellis HERE.

February, 2024

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Press Clips:

Music Times - David Archuleta on Controversial Coming-Out Song ‘Hell Together’

People magazine - David Archuleta Reveals What His Mom Texted After 'Hell Together' Came Out 

 

Paper magazine –  In Hell With David Archuleta

"A Book Of" Cover Story - DAVID ARCHULETA’S MUSICAL MANIFESTO ON FAITH AND FREEDOM 

Wondermind.com - David Archuleta Is Starting Over

Today.com -  David Archuleta on 15 years of ‘Crush’ and coming out: ‘I am the happiest I’ve been' 

Los Angeles Blade - David Archuleta may have lost masked singer but he’s winning life

American Songwriter - David Archuleta on ‘The Masked Singer,’ Coming Out and Going “Up”: “I’m Learning to Love Who I Am”

Entertainment Weekly - May 18, 2023 - Macaw on why The Masked Singer season 9 finale was like 'a live therapy session with an audience'

glaad - David Archuleta Unmasks His Truth in Emotional Season Finale of “The Masked Singer”

People magazine - Stepping Back from Mormon Church After Coming Out as Queer: 'I Feel Liberated'

Variety - David Archuleta Lost Control of His Life on ‘American Idol.’ He Came Out as Bisexual to Get It Back

 

Yahoo – Coming Out

ABC News Nightline

Multimedia Clips:

Name That Tune featuring David  


The Prayer performance with Grace Kinstler 

Daily Blast Live - David Archuleta on Regaining His Voice, Coming Out & 'The Masked Singer:' 'The Macaw Really Helped'

Good Morning America 2022  

Mayim Bialik Breakdown podcast - Permission to make mistakes

LoveLoud speech and performance 2022

Today Show   - David Archuleta on therapy, self-acceptance and using music as an outlet​

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