Platinum-selling pop star David Archuleta doesn’t like attention, but he deserves yours.
At 6 years old, Archuleta, who grew up on a steady diet of musicals like Les Misérables and
Evita, developed a love for singing as a way to find solace in the comfort of his backyard. Before
long, family, friends and neighbors started to notice, and at 9 years old, coaxed by the promise
of free quesadillas, he was singing for crowds at a local restaurant. And in 2007, when the
then-16-year-old (now 26), appeared on American Idol, the world started noticing. Receiving 44
percent of nearly 100 million votes, the shy, fresh-faced vocal prodigy was runner-up on the hit
show’s seventh season, finishing behind David Cook.
A record deal with Sony/Jive Records, arena tours, a No. 2 single (“Crush”) on the Billboard Hot
100, acclaim from the likes Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna, and international
fame followed. But even after running the gamut from Top 40 pop to holiday music on six
studio albums and 21 singles, released over the past decade, including a two-year break from
music to embark on life-changing missionary work in Chile for The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, the TV personality, bestselling author and former Star Search Junior Vocal
Champion and one of American Idol ’s youngest breakout wunderkinds was still just finding his