First, let me just take a moment…
WHAT A DAY TO BE ALIVE!!!!!!!!!
Starting with this:
I mean, seriously, I have no words for how this blew me away. Not in English or any other language.
Then there was this cuteness:
And now this amazing interview!
(and not just amazing because we don’t really get them anymore, lol).
I’m including only my favourite parts. Basically the whole thing. 🙂
Last year David Archuleta sold out two back-to-back nights at Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins City. This year he’s set to perform for three straight nights.
The “American Idol” runner-up, who was raised in northern Utah, will play Tuacahn from Nov. 3-5 and this time around he’s prepared for possibly cold weather. Last year caught him by surprise.
“It was a lot colder than everyone was expecting,” the singer tells The Spectrum & Daily News during a lengthy telephone interview. “It just made it all the more memorable.”
Archuleta says he was most impressed by his fans who still showed up despite the cold weather and then toughed it out with coats and blankets1….
Though he is known for his clear, pure vocal quality, Archuleta’s live performance encompasses more than beautiful singing. His Tuacahn shows last year revealed Archuleta as a storyteller. Not only did he give background for the songs he wrote, he also told stories attached to prominent covers like Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.”
“I’ve always wanted to tell stories,” he says. “I wanted to tell my stories. I wanted to tell things I’ve learned from other people. … It’s almost therapeutic for me.”2.…
Archuleta says he developed the storytelling after returning in 2014 from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. He says it took him a while to be comfortable performing again after the mission.
Simply performing music wasn’t fulfilling for him anymore.3 He felt like he needed to do more than just go out on stage and sing. That’s when he decided to start talking to the audience about what the songs mean to him.
Focusing on religion and service for two years as a missionary in a foreign country had other effects on how he performs. Before he left for Chile in 2012, Archuleta says he was constantly trying to be cool4 and do whatever he could to be accepted as a performer.
“I feel like in the entertainment industry it’s this never-ending high school phase,” he says. “You’re always trying to look cool and be popular. That really affected me. I was still myself but I think I was trying to be something else.”….
Life in Chile was fundamentally different. He spent his time serving others. He became less self-conscious. He didn’t have to worry about little things, like whether the way he was walking was cool or not.5
By the end of his mission he had discovered another side of himself. Yet he also admits he lost some characteristics necessary to get out on stage and perform.6 For the past two years he has strived to combine the traits needed to not only be true to himself but also to deliver an entertaining show.
“I feel really good about who I am now,” says Archuleta, now 25. “I feel really comfortable in my own skin.”7
His connection to the people of Latin America has also affected his performance. Archuleta himself is part-Latino; his mother is from Honduras.
During his Tuacahn set last year he performed the Spanish-language “Nunca Pense” and delivered what was arguably one of the more passionate moments of the concert. Archuleta says that when he sings in Spanish it’s like another part of him is revealed.
“I can’t fully connect and fully express myself without singing in Spanish,” he says. “It’s like I get to show another part of David.”8
Singing in Spanish not only helps him connect with his own heritage but also the people of Chile that are still in his heart two years after his mission there. He now lives in Nashville but he goes salsa dancing every Tuesday9 because of his love for Latino music and culture.
Archuleta is currently working on a full-length album he hopes to release early next year.10 Following this English-language release he wants to do an entire album of Spanish-language songs.11
The 2017 album will include his new single, “Numb,” which he actually performed at Tuacahn last year. He has already shot the video for the single.12
Although the new album is a long time coming, Archuleta admits it takes him a long time to do a lot of things — even ordering food at a restaurant. In fact, he compares himself to Professor Calamitous, the evil scientist from the “Jimmy Neutron” franchise whose plans are always foiled because he’s never able to finish any of his projects.13
The difference is that Archuleta does eventually finish his projects. Part of the delay for the album is because each song in an original.14 Each track started with an idea from his head.15 Some he wrote on his own while he worked with co-writers on others.
“I just want them to be me,” he says. “I want them to say the things I want to say.”
So far he has 16 songs. Although he’s not sure they will all make it onto the album, he does want to make them available in some way.16
However they are released, it’s a good bet they will be hungrily received by his devoted fans — many of whom are young women and girls. They are easily the most vocal fans during his concerts, often screaming out “I love you!” in the midst of his performances.
Archuleta says he is appreciative of the support his fans give him but he’s not always sure how to respond to declarations of love. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but he doesn’t feel like it would be honest to respond back with an empty “I love you too” to a stranger in the crowd.
“I like to be honest,” he says. “I feel like if I’m real with people I’ll get that in return. I’ve just learned to say, ‘Thank you.’”17
- Drats, he edited out the end of that quote, which surely said, “especially those crazy Canucks, who found it quite balmy.”
- I knew it! I think I said those exact words to someone, “I bet it feels therapeutic.” Or did I just dream that?
- This would make me so sad if I hadn’t just seen Adele in concert and she basically said the same thing. She was about as chatty as David (bless both their rambling hearts) and said she was talking in between songs to feel like she was really connecting with us. *sniff*
- Constantly trying to be cool? Did I miss something? Does he have arm sleeve tattoos we don’t know about? Navel piercings??
- Who on earth told him he had to change his walk?? I want names. I will hunt them down. Down. Down.
- He lost “characteristics”?? Did he need to relearn his hunkerdown? What?
- Flat out bawling like a small infant right now. “YOU GO, DAVID!!!!”
- This third-person business will never not intrigue TOfan.
- Salsa dancing. Every Tuesday. Just going to leave that there.
- Early. Next. Year. Tears again. For an entirely different reason. The torture is real.
- Entire Spanish album??? Si. Bueno. Feliz Navidad. Muchas gracias. That’s it for my Spanish but I will have that baby on repeat faster than you can say David Enchilada.
- Singles come out in advance of the album, right? So maybe Numb’s our Christmas present? Our Hanukkah gift? Groundhog Day surprise? Basically, I’ll believe it when I see it, lol.
Why do I think that’s exactly how he pictures himself though. Oh, David.
12. “make them available IN SOME WAY” … PRAISE BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And if “some way” means singing them a cappella in someone’s living room:
13. No, thank YOU, David. Thank YOU!!!
14. Love this.
15. Love this even more. I picture that mind of his looking something like this:
So what do you guys think????
boi is on a ROLL!