Move over, Justin Bieber, there's another pint-sized singing sensation on the scene! David Archuleta might be short in stature but he's certainly not short on talent. This crooning cutie rose to fame with the help of not just one but two star-making making machines: Star Search and American Idol. The Utah native claimed the title of Junior Vocal Champion at the age of 12, and while he might have only come in second to David Cook two years ago on American Idol, his success in the music industry is second to none.
Shortly after his run on American Idol, David Archuleta released his self titled debut album. The album itself went on to sell over half a million copies, while the lead single 'Crush' became one of the biggest hits of 2008, moving 1.8 million downloads. And late last year, he released a Christmas album which included covers of yuletide favorites like 'Silent Night', 'O Holy Night', and 'Ave Maria'.
These days, David is hard at work in the studio working on a follow up record. The teen heartthrob is working with some of the same great writers and producers, like Emanuel 'E-man' Kiriakou, who helped craft his debut, but he says he wants his follow up to be a bit more grown up. According to his blog on DavidArchuleta.com, he's taking the reigns by writing more of his material this time around as well. He told the L.A. Times earlier this year, 'Lyrically, I just want it to sound more like me. I want people to say, 'This is David talking.' Instead of just interpreting.' David obviously knows what he wants, and it sounds like a recipe for success!
A new album isn't the only thing on the horizon for David Archuleta. He'll soon be able to add the title author to his long list of credits when his book Chords of Strength hits shelves this June. Even though David was initially hesitant to write a memoir before his 20th birthday, he decided the book would be a great way to answer some of the questions he's frequently asked about his life by fans. The book is slated to cover David's rise to fame and how he overcame the odds.
It's easy to see from his philanthropic efforts that giving back is just as important to David as his music is.
Fun facts about David
-David Archuleta was born in Miami, FL on December 28, 1990, but spent most of his childhood in Murray, Utah
-David's fans and friends on American Idol call him 'Archie'
-In 2005, David suffered vocal paralysis and had to undergo risky surgery on his vocal chords.
-David gets his vocal chops from his mother, Lupe, who is also a singer.
Earlier this year he was heavily involved in disaster relief efforts for Haiti; the singer donated his time to the NBC Hope for Haiti telethon, funds to Plane to Haiti, and lent his voice to the Spanish language We Are the World remake. Even more recently, he's teamed up with DoSOmething.org to help other teens who have been affected by natural disasters. Gotta love a star who's heart is as big as his talent!
With a gorgeous voice, a knack for songwriting, and a heart for helping people, it's easy to see why David Archuleta has held on to his American Idol fanbase well after his run on the show and picked up new fans along the way. Keep an eye out for this book this summer, and his next single, which is due to impact radio later this year.
David, Still Darling
At 18 years old, the season 7 runner-up vows to make an impact
BY SHIRLEY HALPERIN
He was among the youngest contestants to grace the American Idol stage and one of the most beloved. But David Archuleta, the then 16 year old Murray, Utah, native amazed everyone within earshot. And when he serenaded Kelly Clarkson with Dreamgirls' "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going;" it became a YouTube sensation. Behind the scenes, it was challenging to have little time alone. "We had roommates, and I was happy to get paired with Chikezie because he was in his own world watching TV most of the time, " David recalls. "I like my privacy and to have time to myself. Especially performing, because you're out there in front of everyone, meeting so many people and smiling for so many pictures."
He made it to the epic Battle of the Davids at show's end by flashing those adorable dimples and singing his heart out. Still, even as the pundits declared him a front runner all season long, David says he didn't see it coming. "When I went into American Idol, I didn't expect to go all the way, " he says. "I guess life has its own plans for you." After Idol, David saw plenty of success as a solo artist. His gold-certified self-titled debut album featured the radio hit "Crush." David spent much of 2008 traveling, making cameos (and performing!) on shows like Nickelodeon's iCarly and Disney's Hannah Montana and taking part in charitable endeavors like the Spanish-language "We Are The World," in which he joined Latin stars including Shakira to help the relief efforts in Haiti. He even wrote a book, Chords of Strength, which is due out this June. "The focus on this book is how I managed to get to this point at a young age, what's influenced me in my life to want to do music and become the person that I am," he explains.
David is happily keeping up with the new season of Idol. He confesses that he misses the action of the studio. "Everyone who works on the show, not just the judges, but going back to the producers from the earlier rounds, they change your life," he says. "They made what I thought was an impossible dream come true."
Young pop stars don’t come any cuter than David, that’s for sure. An absolute darling who is just as sweet and nice in real life as he is on TV, the 19-year-old is loved by young (and old) fans all over the world. We dare you not to want to pinch his cheeks.
還記得那本大衛登上封面的印尼雜誌照嗎？現在內頁的圖片也出來囉！仔細看了一下發現裡面的東西還蠻詳細的，從幫婦女大會演講、聖誕專輯、參與Hope For Haiti Now和Jordin慈善活動等等都有詳細報導喔！
還記得大衛之前有參加過Hope For Haiti Now的慈善活動嗎？現在雜誌也有特別報導喔！