DAVID ARCHULETA’S NOT “AFRAID TO LOVE” WITH NEW SINGLE HERE
AND OFFICIAL VIDEO RELEASE HERE
Photo credit: Shaun Vadella
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 18, 2023 – David Archuleta continues his recent onslaught of new music with the official release of the brand new music video HERE for his latest single, “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.”
And, working with director Brad Hammer on the video concept was truly a new experience for me and so fun incorporating super vibrant colors and dance elements into my video, something that I have shied away from in the past.” states David.
David recently spoke about what’s on the horizon musically with Entertainment Weekly – “Up” it’s kind of like the prelude. It’s meant to tie where I’m coming from, my past, my history — but it’s also coming from a place where I was at the bottom of that, at the end of that path. I’ve lived out the end of this, and I don’t know where else to go. This is continuing down a very dark place, and I need to get out of it now. So, this is me saying, I’m accepting myself as I am, as a queer person, and letting myself be seen, every aspect of myself. And I’m just letting all of me be seen now. And not being so afraid of hiding myself and being afraid of what people will say if people find out. I’m just like, you know what, now they know! And now it’s just moving up, and I’m gonna have fun. There’s no need to hide anything anymore — just have a good time. There are some really fun songs that are gonna get people dancing as well, that I’m really excited about. And there are still some classic ballads. I feel like these songs are more about love, something that I always shied away from before because it was something I didn’t relate to. I don’t think I ever really experienced love the way everyone talks about in songs and novels and all that. I’m talking about what it’s like for me to experience it for the first time really and fully. I’m excited to share that, in fun ways, dance ways, and also in ballad-y ways. I’m excited to share this new chapter and these new songs with everyone leading to a full album release later this year.
Photo credit: Brad Everett Young
Afraid to Love All your words like a weapon But they can’t hurt anymore Ain’t no time like the present In the eye of the storm I know I gotta let it go And give up what I can’t control Close the door So I can open one more So I’m gonna love you right No matter what they don’t like Cause baby what we do It ain’t always black and white I don’t care what they say I’m gonna breakaway Won’t be afraid to love So I’m gonna love you right No matter what they don’t like Cause baby what we do It ain’t always black and white I don’t care what they say I’m gonna breakaway Won’t be afraid to love Baby you feel like heaven This could never be wrong Nothing like this could be better Here in your arms I know I gotta let it go And give up what I can’t control Close the door So I can open one more So I’m gonna love you right No matter what they don’t like Cause baby what we do It ain’t always black and white I don’t care what they say I’m gonna breakaway Won’t be afraid to love So I’m gonna love you right No matter what they don’t like Cause baby what we do It ain’t always black and white I don’t care what they say I’m gonna breakaway Won’t be afraid to love So I’m gonna love you right No matter what they don’t like Cause baby what we do It ain’t always black and white I don’t care what they say I’m gonna breakaway Won’t be afraid to love
David’s most recent releases include “I’m Yours” HERE, “Up” HERE ,the lyric video HERE , Live performance HERE. He also made his return to national TV this past spring hiding under the mask of the Macaw HERE and HERE on the hit show The Masked Singer.
Check out the evolution of David thru his songs and videos:
Faith In Me: HERE
OK, All Right: HERE
Up All Night:HERE
Follow David Here:
About David Archuleta
In 2008, more than 30 million television viewers fell in love 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 almost 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 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 is shaping 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 had this to say about his most recent singles,“Up” HERE - “I hit rock bottom. I thought I wouldn’t get through it, but here I am. I thought I was hopeless and that I’d failed, but here I am. Even when you’re at your lowest, you need to realize you can only go UP. You need to hold on to that glimmer of hope and say, I am going to turn any type of hate and negativity into positivity and love.”
“I’m Yours” - “I’m Yours” is a song I wanted to get people dancing and smiling to. It’s all about letting yourself go and being happy with a feel good, summery vibe. It was fun working with video director Brad Hammer and his team because they were able to bring all the bright colors I wanted to life while making things light, fun and unique.I hope you enjoy this video as much as I had fun making it”says David.
“Up,” “I’m Yours” and “Afraid To Love” will be part of a bigger project David’s working on with plans to reveal more music throughout this year for his forthcoming album release.
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