People enjoying a concert with David Archuleta in Utah last night took part in an emotional moment. They witnessed an almost crying David Archuleta who announced he was putting on hold his music career to serve his church.
Basically, David, the 20-year old American Idol runner-up, said he feels the need to take a break from his singing career and join a proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – day Saints for the next two years. After completing his current tour, “My Kind of Christmas”, he will retreat. His final gig will be in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this Wednesday.
This is what David had to say: “I would like to make a special announcement: that I’ve chosen to serve a full time mission. It’s not because someone told me I was supposed to do it…but because it’s what I fell I need to do next in my life”.
The moment was too much for David who broke down in tears as the crowd was cheering him. He concluded that it’s the kind of feeling he has always tried to follow throughout his life. “It’s the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges I’ve had to overcome, and the blessings, too”.
In the end, David said God is calling for him. “I’ve learned that to trust that feeling. I’m aware that I need to answer when He calls, and that’s the reason that I know I need to do this in my life”, he explained.
Critics say that for people who actually know David, the announcement did not come as a shock. At the same time they also point out that the singer’s decision comes shortly after he was dropped from his record label, Jive Records.
Apparently, Jive Records dropped him after David’s 2010 album “The Other Side of Down” didn’t make it to the top 10 in America, selling only 67,000 copies. His first album, released in 2008, was a hit. Smash single “Crush” took the artist to the No. 2 ranking on the Billboard charts.
On American Idol, David Archuleta was the seventh-season runner-up, with 44 percent of more than 97 million votes.