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David Archuleta


David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American pop/R&B singer. On May 21, 2008, he became the runner-up on the seventh season of American Idol receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes. Archuleta's first single "Crush" was released on August 1 2008, which debuted on Billboard in the No. 2 spot and stayed strong on the iTunes charts for both the song and music video as No. 1.

Early life
David Archuleta was born in Miami, Florida, to Jeff Archuleta and Lupe Marie, a salsa singer and dancer from Honduras. Archuleta has four siblings. Archuleta's family moved to the Salt Lake Valley, to the city of Sandy, Utah, when Archuleta was six. He currently resides in Murray, Utah, where he is a student at Murray High School.

Archuleta started singing at age six, inspired by a Les Misérables video. "That musical is what started all of this," he said. He started performing publicly at age 10 when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition singing "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton; he received a standing ovation and won the Child Division.

Archuleta was inspired by watching both Tamyra Gray and Kelly Clarkson to "see what performing and really getting into a song was like" during the beginning weeks of the premiere season of American Idol. He later made his television debut, at eleven years old, singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" on a Jenny Jones show for future Latino stars alongside season one finalist A.J. Gil. Through A.J. Gil he was able to meet and sing for Gray who had sung the song on American Idol as well as Clarkson (that year's winner) and Justin Guarini (the runner up).

Musical influences
Archuleta's mother is from Honduras, and much of the music he listened to as a child was Latin-influenced including watching his mom sing at events with her sisters. She also "was big on dancing" according to Archuleta, and would "make" him dance to traditional music with his older sister. He also listened to jazz music, he said, from his father's collection as well as gospel, pop, rock and "soulful music." In a later interview, he revealed that his father was a jazz musician. Archuleta also said he enjoys Broadway musicals.

On his American Idol "Fast Facts" page, Archuleta cites his musical influences as Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin and Bryan Adams. When asked to list his top pop artists, he cited Natasha Bedingfield, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, Kirk Franklin, and Robbie Williams. Like Elliot Yamin and another singer he admires, John Mayer, Archuleta tries to infuse his pop selections with a soulful vibe.

Star Search
In 2003, at age 12, Archuleta sang on several episodes of the television show Star Search. He ended up as the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. On one episode, he sang against then-11-year-old Alexandréa Lushington, who also became a "top 20" semi-finalist on American Idol alongside Archuleta. Around the second year of being on Star Search he started focusing on the lyrics, "I didn't even pay attention to the lyrics when I was 12, 13".

Archuleta's competing on Star Search led to appearances on The Jenny Jones Show and CBS' The Early Show, and meeting the finalists from American Idol's first season, for whom he performed a spontaneous a cappella rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls, and received enthusiastic praise from Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson. The year after Star Search he found out he had partial vocal paralysis but declined risky surgery and has said he feels he is almost fully recovered. He limited his singing for specific occasions like Stadium of Fire, the Independence Day celebration at Brigham Young University Stadium.

American Idol
Archuleta won his ticket to the Hollywood final auditions (with a performance of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change") with the help of idol judge, Randy Jackson, who sang the background "waiting" in the song. (at the San Diego tryouts held at Qualcomm Stadium July 30 and July 31, 2007) He was 16 during the Hollywood auditions (where he sang Bryan Adams' "Heaven" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" to unanimous praise) and because he was not yet 18, had to attend school while a part of American Idol's seventh season. His parents were there because he was a minor. Archuleta also took advantage of the decision to allow contestants to play musical instruments when he accompanied himself on piano for his performances of "Another Day in Paradise" and "Angels."

A Los Angeles Times article speculated why Archuleta avoided singing the first verse of "Imagine": because "of his religion (Mormonism), he's unlikely to espouse the song's agnostic ideal . . . with the line about 'no religion too.'" Archuleta did, however, sing the entire song on Good Things Utah when he was 13. During his first performance of Imagine on American Idol, when asked by judge Randy Jackson why he didn't sing the first verse, Archuleta said the third verse was his favorite because it has "a great message."

In the finale he sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "In This Moment" and "Imagine." Judge Simon Cowell declared that Archuleta won the evening and even David Cook, who ultimately won, thought Archuleta would win: "I have to concede it, the kid came out all three songs and nailed it," said Cook. In the final tally, Archuleta received 44 percent of the votes. During the finale show, both Archuleta and fellow finalist Cook appeared in separate but nearly identical commercials for the game franchise Guitar Hero, mimicking a Tom Cruise scene from Risky Business.



Song lyric Crush CRUSH David Archuleta
Song lyric A Little Too Not Over You A LITTLE TOO NOT OVER YOU David Archuleta
Song lyric Touch My Hand TOUCH MY HAND David Archuleta
Song lyric My Hands MY HANDS David Archuleta
Song lyric Angels ANGELS David Archuleta
Song lyric You Can YOU CAN David Archuleta
Song lyric Barriers BARRIERS David Archuleta
Song lyric Desperate DESPERATE David Archuleta
Song lyric The First Noel THE FIRST NOEL David Archuleta
Song lyric Running RUNNING David Archuleta
Song lyric Something 'Bout Love SOMETHING 'BOUT LOVE David Archuleta
Song lyric Your Eyes Don't Lie YOUR EYES DON'T LIE David Archuleta
Song lyric Don't Let Go DON'T LET GO David Archuleta
Song lyric Imagine IMAGINE David Archuleta
Song lyric Joy To The World JOY TO THE WORLD David Archuleta
Song lyric Elevator ELEVATOR David Archuleta
Song lyric Falling Stars FALLING STARS David Archuleta
Song lyric Angels We Have Heard On High ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH David Archuleta
Song lyric Who I Am WHO I AM David Archuleta
Song lyric Somebody Out There SOMEBODY OUT THERE David Archuleta
Song lyric Zero Gravity ZERO GRAVITY David Archuleta
Song lyric Good Place GOOD PLACE David Archuleta
Song lyric Look Around LOOK AROUND David Archuleta
Song lyric Things Are Gonna Get Better THINGS ARE GONNA GET BETTER David Archuleta
Song lyric Falling FALLING David Archuleta
Song lyric Complain COMPLAIN David Archuleta
Song lyric A Thousand Miles A THOUSAND MILES David Archuleta
Song lyric Let Me Go LET ME GO David Archuleta
Song lyric O Holy Night O HOLY NIGHT David Archuleta
Song lyric O Come All Ye Faithful O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL David Archuleta
Song lyric Silent Night SILENT NIGHT David Archuleta
Song lyric I'll Be Home For Christmas I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS David Archuleta
Song lyric Melodies Of Christmas MELODIES OF CHRISTMAS David Archuleta
Song lyric When You Believe WHEN YOU BELIEVE David Archuleta
Song lyric Ave Maria AVE MARIA David Archuleta
Song lyric Riu Riu Chiu RIU RIU CHIU David Archuleta
Song lyric Don't Run Away DON'T RUN AWAY David Archuleta
Song lyric Sweet Caroline SWEET CAROLINE David Archuleta
Song lyric Nothing Else Better To Do NOTHING ELSE BETTER TO DO David Archuleta
Song lyric America AMERICA David Archuleta
Song lyric And So It Goes AND SO IT GOES David Archuleta
Song lyric Angel ANGEL David Archuleta
Song lyric Angels In The Alleyway ANGELS IN THE ALLEYWAY David Archuleta
Song lyric Another Day In Paradise ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE David Archuleta
Song lyric Be Still, My Soul BE STILL, MY SOUL David Archuleta
Song lyric Beautiful BEAUTIFUL David Archuleta
Song lyric Bridge Over Troubled Water BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER David Archuleta
Song lyric Broken BROKEN David Archuleta
Song lyric Do not Give Up DO NOT GIVE UP David Archuleta
Song lyric Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME David Archuleta
Song lyric Everybody Hurts EVERYBODY HURTS David Archuleta
Song lyric Everything And More EVERYTHING AND MORE David Archuleta
Song lyric Fighting For You FIGHTING FOR YOU David Archuleta
Song lyric For Good FOR GOOD David Archuleta
Song lyric Forevermore FOREVERMORE David Archuleta
Song lyric Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS David Archuleta
Song lyric Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (feat. Charice Pempengco) HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS (FEAT. CHARICE PEMPENGCO) David Archuleta
Song lyric He Showed Me How HE SHOWED ME HOW David Archuleta
Song lyric Heart Falls Out HEART FALLS OUT David Archuleta
Song lyric Heaven HEAVEN David Archuleta
Song lyric Hold On HOLD ON David Archuleta
Song lyric I'll Never Go I'LL NEVER GO David Archuleta
Song lyric In This Moment IN THIS MOMENT David Archuleta
Song lyric Invincible INVINCIBLE David Archuleta
Song lyric Let's Talk About Love LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE David Archuleta
Song lyric Longer LONGER David Archuleta
Song lyric Love Don't Hate LOVE DON'T HATE David Archuleta
Song lyric Love Me Tender LOVE ME TENDER David Archuleta
Song lyric Mary, Did You Know? MARY, DID YOU KNOW? David Archuleta
Song lyric Maybe MAYBE David Archuleta
Song lyric My Kind Of Perfect MY KIND OF PERFECT David Archuleta
Song lyric My Little Prayer MY LITTLE PRAYER David Archuleta
Song lyric Nandito Ako NANDITO AKO David Archuleta
Song lyric Not A Very Good Liar NOT A VERY GOOD LIAR David Archuleta
Song lyric Notice Me NOTICE ME David Archuleta
Song lyric Nunca Pensé NUNCA PENSÉ David Archuleta
Song lyric Parachutes And Airplanes PARACHUTES AND AIRPLANES David Archuleta
Song lyric Paralyzed PARALYZED David Archuleta
Song lyric Pat-a-Pan PAT-A-PAN David Archuleta
Song lyric Postcards in the Sky POSTCARDS IN THE SKY David Archuleta
Song lyric Pride (In The Name Of Love) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) David Archuleta
Song lyric Rainbow RAINBOW David Archuleta
Song lyric Reaching Out REACHING OUT David Archuleta
Song lyric Save The Day SAVE THE DAY David Archuleta
Song lyric Seasons SEASONS David Archuleta
Song lyric Senseless SENSELESS David Archuleta
Song lyric She's Not You SHE'S NOT YOU David Archuleta
Song lyric Shop Around SHOP AROUND David Archuleta
Song lyric Smoky Mountain Memories SMOKY MOUNTAIN MEMORIES David Archuleta
Song lyric Somewhere Only We Know SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW David Archuleta
Song lyric Stand By Me STAND BY ME David Archuleta
Song lyric Stomping The Roses STOMPING THE ROSES David Archuleta
Song lyric Tell Me TELL ME David Archuleta
Song lyric The Day After Tomorrow THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW David Archuleta
Song lyric The Long And Winding Road THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD David Archuleta
Song lyric The Other Side Of Down THE OTHER SIDE OF DOWN David Archuleta
Song lyric Think Of Me THINK OF ME David Archuleta
Song lyric To Be With You TO BE WITH YOU David Archuleta
Song lyric True Colors TRUE COLORS David Archuleta
Song lyric Up All Night UP ALL NIGHT David Archuleta
Song lyric Wait WAIT David Archuleta
Song lyric Waiting For Yesterday WAITING FOR YESTERDAY David Archuleta
Song lyric We Can Work It Out WE CAN WORK IT OUT David Archuleta
Song lyric What Child Is This? WHAT CHILD IS THIS? David Archuleta
Song lyric Wherever You Are WHEREVER YOU ARE David Archuleta
Song lyric With You WITH YOU David Archuleta
Song lyric Works For Me WORKS FOR ME David Archuleta
Song lyric You Are My Song YOU ARE MY SONG David Archuleta
Song lyric You're The Voice YOU'RE THE VOICE David Archuleta