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Happy Holidays – An interview with David Archuleta

August 16, 2009 by  
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David Archuleta

Since his second-place finish in American Idol Season 7’s intensely-contested battle of the Davids, eighteen-year-old David Archuleta hasn’t wasted any time making his mark on the pop music landscape. His self-titled debut record, released in 2008, was certified Gold, and both the album and its first single, “Crush,” reached number two on the Billboard charts.

After spending months touring both on his own, as well as with British band McFly and Disney star Demi Lovato, the Utah-based Archuleta continued to build on his successes this year with a new holiday album, “Christmas From The Heart.” The record was released in October, and features holiday classics as well as an original tune that he co-wrote himself.

Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Archuleta about his plans for the holidays and his next album during a break on his current tour. Although he reveals that he’s not a Christmas shopper, his sweet nature and abundant enthusiasm for everything he does will no doubt leave fans in the holiday spirit.


Interviewed by: Heather Kobrin | December  2009

You’re on the road right now supporting your Christmas album. How’s the tour going?
It’s going great. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been really enjoying performing in the different cities. Although it’s starting to get cold — every day, I’m moving more East.

It must be rewarding to have the opportunity to perform music with so much history behind it — these are songs audiences have known their whole lives.
Yeah! That’s what’s crazy. I mean, even people who aren’t familiar with your arrangements are still familiar with the songs themselves. They have a history with them. That’s what’s so great about holiday music. Everyone enjoys it and has memories from those songs.

I know that during one of your hometown shows, you actually brought your mom in as a special duet partner on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Yeah, I did. That was so much fun —I really enjoyed it. I was hoping to get her to come out to more shows, but she didn’t have time because she was keeping busy with the rest of my brothers and sisters. But it was great to be able to have her come up and to share a stage with her.

You’ve got a pretty busy tour schedule for the next few weeks. Are you worried about having enough time to get your Christmas shopping done?
Oh, I’ve never been a Christmas shopper. No one in my family really is. For me, it’s more about spending time with people. One of the best things about holidays is just being able to relax, not have to do a whole lot, and just be with my family, whether it’s watching tv or a movie, playing video games, going out to eat, or even just talking. It’s great, especially since I’m not with them as much as I used to be.

What do you like to do on the tour bus to pass the time? Any favorite movies or tv shows you like to watch?DA05_0447HiRes
You know, I don’t really watch tv. I guess when I’m on the bus I watch more than I normally would, because everyone else is there watching it. There’s not a whole lot else you can do and not much space to move around. The other day, they were watching The Office — I think that show’s so funny. We also watch a lot of The Food Network on my bus. 

I wanted to ask about the plans for your next album. I know that in recent weeks you’ve been working with songwriters in Nashville and New York. It sounds like the writing sessions so far have been really positive, and that you’re enjoying the freedom of having a looser deadline with this album, is that right?
Yeah. It’s really nice, because you’re not worried that, “Oh, this song isn’t good enough, and it needs to be a smash hit, and we need to finish it by the end of the day.” It’s just, “Ok, let’s see what we can do, let’s see what we can come up with, let’s see if you connect with the song. ” And that’s what I want to do more of. The goal for me is to show more of my personality in the songs, and say, “Hey, this is who I am, this is what I like to talk about, and this is what’s on my mind.” I mean, it’s not like I have this specific thing that I want to do, and that I already know what the album’s going to sound like, and what songs are going to be on it. It’s pretty unpredictable, and I’m still learning. But I’ve been enjoying just taking things a lot easier this time around.

You’ve hinted that the next album might include different styles of music. I know that Latin music was a big part of your background growing up. Is there a chance that some of the new material might have a bit of a Latin influence?
I haven’t thought about that really. I think the album’s still going to be pop, but with more of my personality instead of someone else’s personality. I don’t know how much of my own material will make it on the album, because in the end, they’re concerned about the best songs being on there. I’m just trying my best to see if any of the songs I write end up being among those best songs. I’m hoping for that, because I feel like the more of me that’s on the album, the more honest it is, and the more people can relate to it, because people can feel that connection with you and your songs. So, I’m just hoping for the best in the writing process.

davididolWith a new album will come new music videos. How is the experience of making videos for you? Do you feel comfortable with and enjoy the acting part of the work, or are you still getting used to the process?
I really enjoy it. I was nervous at first because I felt I wasn’t an actor, but then you just get into the whole scene and the song, and you don’t really think about it too much. If you overthink it, it shows. It’s really fun shooting all the scenes and interacting with the other people in the video, and it’s cool to see the end product. It’s all professional-looking… it’s like, “Whoa… crazy!”

I understand that you’re working on an autobiography, is that right?
Yeah, it’s kind of like a memoir. It’s about things I’ve gone through in my life, the experiences that I’ve had, and what I’ve learned from them. Just sharing those with people and saying, “Hey, this is what I’ve gone through, and this is what I got out of it.” Hopefully other people can get something out of it… whoever’s willing to listen to what I have to say, I guess.

In thinking about the book, and considering how much you’ve already accomplished at such a young age, I have to ask — if you weren’t in music, what do you think you would be doing?
Oh, man. I’d probably still be wondering how I could do music, because that’s just what I’ve always felt so close and connected to. There’s really nothing else I’ve wanted to do other than music. I feel really blessed and fortunate, and just grateful for the opportunity. You never know how long things can last, but I’ll just keep on working hard and doing my best.

Is there a holiday/New Year’s message that you’d like to leave with your fans?
I hope that they have a happy holiday, and that they enjoy their times with the people they care about — their friends and their family. And I hope that the New Year will be a great one for them.


*Main Photos of David Archuleta provided by Jive Records/Photo Credit: Jason Imber
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14 Responses to “Happy Holidays – An interview with David Archuleta”
  1. TrudyFOD says:

    I love David Archuleta — he is just amazing. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a couple times at the meet & greets before some of his tour shows. He is the nicest person ever and truly is such an inspiration to me because of his amazing voice and principles he lives by. I think he is an amazing singer / songwriter and can’t wait to see what the new pop album will be like. Hopefully his managers will put more of his songs on the album…am excited and anxiously waiting for his next hit song for the radio. I’ve already attending one of holiday tour shows and I still have 4 more to go because David’s concerts are so amazingly FUN! and he has the best fans ever. I always meet new people and we automatically bond — all because of David’s music and “the voice.”

  2. pam05 says:

    David Archuleta Live Online Concert
    David Archuleta
    8:00 PM EST
    Foxwoods Resort

    Get into the holiday season with our next artist, David Archuleta. American Idol finalist, Archuleta’s latest release Christmas from the Heart will be featured in this not to be missed live concert, which of course will highlight his top pop hits too.

  3. violet4ever says:

    Nice interview! I love David’s Christmas album and I can’t to see him on his Christmas/pop tour. If anyone would like to hear David’s whole album, I think you can still listen at AOL Holiday Listening Party (search for those 4 words on Google to find the page). And David’s December 17th concert will be videocast by the new Billboard Live starting at 8PM EST. Also on the the 17th, David performs in the Nuestra Navidad show on Univision.

  4. Fancy_ says:

    Great questions! I hope David’s second pop album is full of songs
    he loves to sing and wants to share with the world.

  5. camryn says:

    It’s nice to read an interview by someone whose done their homework. And interesting questions too! Thanks for the info on David!

  6. CindyW says:

    I’m really looking forward to the next album. Especially if it’s full of “David” songs! Just love his voice, and him!

  7. csaitlin says:

    Great interview!! Luv that no matter what–David still wants to do music!! His 2010 CD is gonna be awesome!!

  8. ME! says:

    Great interview! “Christmas from the heart” is beautiful! I can’t wait to hear his second album. David Archuleta is simply the best!

  9. breanne says:

    Thanks for the nice interview/article about David Archuleta. He is such an amazing talent and a very nice human being! If you haven’t purchased his Christmas album “Christmas From The Heart”, please be sure to do so. It is fantastic!

  10. babda says:

    It’s so nice to read an interview in which the interviewer did their homework and asked fact-based questions. Thank you Heather Kobrin! And, thank you for interviewing David! He is an amazingly talented young man who just shines during a live performance. His CFTH cd is the best xmas cd I’ve ever heard. He’s the real deal!


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