Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reinvigorated David Archuleta Brings New Music on the Road

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reinvigorated David Archuleta Brings New Music on the Road

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Pop singer David Archuleta had his first taste of the spotlight when he appeared on a revamped "Star Search" in 2003, earning the title of Junior Vocal Champion.

Then at 17, Archuleta became a household name after being in the final two of the seventh season of "American Idol" in 2008.

Though he placed second to David Cook, Archuleta has managed to have one of the more successful careers for "Idol" alums.

He's released six albums, most recently 2013's "No Matter How Far," written a memoir called "Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and the Power of Perseverance," and even starred in a TV miniseries in the Philippines.

Archuleta says he's grateful for all that came from "Idol," but he felt empty and realized that though he was constantly being told how amazing and loved he was, that praise and love was conditional.

"It's like, 'We love you as long as you're making us money,' or 'We love you as long as you're the hottest thing right now,' or 'We love you as long as you're attention-worthy,'" he says. "You start basing your worth and your identity and who you are on what everyone else thinks of you."

It was around this time that Archuleta, now 26, began considering stepping away from music to serve a two-year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile, a move many on his team at the time said could mean the end of his career.

It was hard for Archuleta to go against their advice, but he knew the experience, which would require him to focus on others, was exactly what he needed.

"Helping other people, teaching them about God, teaching people how to pray and praying with them, visiting them and being there always for someone else completely filled me," he says. "I just thought, 'This was what I needed. This is the secret to life I couldn't find.'"

After such a fulfilling experience, which he completed in 2014, Archuleta wasn't sure if he wanted to return to music.

Days before he was scheduled to participate in writing sessions in Nashville, Tenn. …

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