An earnest singer of adult contemporary-style pop, David Archuleta initially attracted fans in 2008 when his tenor vocals and boyish charm helped earn him a second-place finish on American Idol. Following his time on the show, he issued a handful of successful solo albums, including the gold-certified David Archuleta, which hit number two on the Billboard 200. The Other Side of Down also cracked the Top 20, before the singer embarked on a two-year missionary trip for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Upon returning, he displayed his maturing sound on 2017's Postcards in the Sky.
Although born in Miami, Florida in 1990, Archuleta spent most of his childhood in Utah, where he lived with his parents (Jeff, a jazz trumpeter, and Lupe Marie, a Honduran salsa singer) and four siblings. Inspired by a videotaped performance of Les Misérables, Archuleta began singing at age six, and his talent helped him secure performances at the Utah Talent Competition, The Jenny Jones Show, and Star Search, where he was crowned Junior Vocal Champion in 2003.
Archuleta auditioned for American Idol's seventh season in 2007, earning his first praise from the judging panel with a rendition of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." He advanced to the semi-finals and remained with the show throughout its entire season, delivering strong, passionate performances of pop ballads like "Another Day in Paradise" and John Lennon's "Imagine." At 17 years old, Archuleta was the season's youngest contestant, and he ultimately finished as the runner-up to David Cook. "Crush," the first single from his self-titled debut album, debuted at number two later that summer, while the full-length album David Archuleta followed in November. The album went gold within several months, and the singer spent the first half of 2009 touring with McFly in the U.K. and Demi Lovato in America. He also found time to work on a holiday album, Christmas from the Heart, which was released later that year.
When it came time to record a proper follow-up to his 2008 debut, Archuleta widened his sound by calling upon producers like S*A*M & Sluggo, who helped helm the peppy lead single "Something 'Bout Love." The accompanying album, The Other Side of Down, was released several months later in October 2010. In 2012, Archuleta began a two-year religious mission in Chile, and music he recorded before his sabbatical began to appear. First, there was the Philippines-only release Forevermore and his covers album BEGIN., the latter of which included the newly recorded track "Broken," co-written by Archuleta. In spring of 2013, Forevermore was repurposed for the American release No Matter How Far.
After his mission trip concluded, Archuleta returned to his home in Utah in early 2014 and set out on a tour. In the years that followed, he released a handful of stand-alone singles, including "Nunca Pense" and "Glorious." He returned in 2017 with an EP which included the singles "Numb" and "Up All Night." Those tracks would appear on his album Postcards in the Sky, which arrived in October. His second collection of holiday-themed music, Winter in the Air, arrived in 2018. Included on the album was the single "Christmas Every Day." ~ Andrew Leahey