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David Archuleta Is Putting on Hold His Music Career

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.

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6 Comments

  1. David completed his 3 album contract. David said he had offers to stay on but the managers he had worked with at Jive were leaving and that they were changing as a company and he wanted to work on his own for awhile. I think even then he was probably thinking about doing his mission and didn’t want any new long-term commitments. He still worked some with Sony Asia and released an Asian Tour Edition album with them and in fact he has a new music video coming out soon in Asia. But wow 2 years – I am sure going to miss him. Love his voice and he always brought a smile to my face no matter what else was going on. He has a very loyal fanbase and we will be waiting for him.

  2. Yes Violet is likely correct. David has an enormous following in Asia and a very strong fan base in the U.S. He had other offers but probably did not want to commit himself at this time as he wanted to serve his faith and mission training begins shortly after the new year.. He is just coming off a successful Christmas tour..way too talented to think his career is over.. He will be back. (Jive is a very unstable place right now as are other labels..) Jana

  3. I am an older woman from Nova Scotia,Canada. I have loved and do love everything about David Archuleta since I first saw him on American Idol. He has a beautiful voice and a person could tell he has great integrity.

  4. I am a real fan of David Archuleta and I just want to say that he has been my inspiration to continue to write my own songs and sing my own songs. For rapping, that was Karmin but yet, no one can ever replace David Archuleta. Even though he wanted some space or time to hold his singing career, at least he still is my true inspiration even today in 2012. I LOVE YOU DAVID ARCHULETA!!!!!!

  5. Hey everybody! 🙂 This is Jamiroquai again and I also want to say to the David Archuleta fans that you should never give up on your dreams because to honestly say, I am going to become a songwriter, singer, and rapper in the future. I hope you all never give up hope and faith because once you lose it, you can never get it back. I’m still here, living life as it is in San Diego, CA. Remember what I said to you all: Never ever give up on yourself. Thanks for reading and hearing this 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Hey everybody! How you all doin’? Anyways, I know it’s still a bit upsetting and sad that David had to put his singing career on hold but if we are patient for him to come back, he might decide that he can sing again for all of his fans. But unfortunately, if it doesn’t work we just got to move on in life. So just remeber David Archuleta as your hero and favorite artist forever and ever. Promise me that you guys will okay? Well, I gotta go so I’ll catch you all on the flip side later. Thanks and bye! 🙂 <3

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