Bio

David Archuleta is a Honduran American with dark brown hair and hazel eyes who was born on December 28, 1990 in Miami, Florida, USA. Critics and fans alike call him a singing prodigy due to his early development and talent in singing. He has a growing fan base due to his numerous appearances on television talent shows like American Idol and Star Search. David sings Pop, R&B and Soul music.

• Placed 2nd behind David Cook as American Idol Season 7 Runner-Up,

• It was officially announced on June 5, 2008, that David signed on with 19/JIVE Records.

• David stands at 5’7″ tall.

• David can play the piano and he has written a few songs.

• His dad’s name is Jeff, and he was born and raised in Utah. His mom’s name is Lupe and she emigrated from Honduras from her hometown of San Pedro Sula, Cortes.

• During preparations before the IDOL competition began, the Archuleta Family had settled on dad staying with David in Los Angeles, while mom stayed home in Utah to tend with the four remaining Archuleta children.

• His dad is a jazz trumpet player and his mom (both age 42) sings pop music in both English and Spanish.

• The Archuleta’s five siblings consist of 3 girls and 2 boys with David being the 2nd oldest. Listed in order from eldest to youngest: Claudia (18 ), David (17), Daniel (14), Jazzy (11), and Amber (9).

• David owns a pretty healthy-sized goldfish named Conditioner and his dog’s name is Teddy.

• David is left handed.

• His favorite colors are: Orange and Yellow. He also likes Citrus Green.

• David received an honor declaration and certificate from The Utah State Legislature and House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. David was unable to attend but his mom Lupe was present to accept the award for him.

• He worked as a tech over the summer vacation last year at Techiat Park Amphitheatre.

• David has a job already set up this summer as he will tour with 10 others in the IDOLS LIVE! Tour hitting over 3 dozen cities. It is reported that David will earn over $100,000.00 in total for his appearances according to USA Today. The tour begins just after the 4th of July holiday and runs all the way through mid-September.

• He got a 4.0 grade point average during his sophomore year at Murray high school in Murray, Utah.

• Since competing on American Idol, David’s g.p.a. dropped a fraction of a point when he received a B grade at the end of the last term.

• David promises to finish out high school and attend college even if he is crowned the American Idol.

• His lucky charm is a rubber band that his friends gave him, so he doesn’t forget that they always have his back.

• To battle nerves, David says a prayer before a performance and tries to shake it off.

• David and his family are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints back home in Utah.

• His favorite American Idol moment was when Tamyra Gray sang And I am Telling You.

• David says his toughest obstacle in life was believing that he could really be successful in a singing career.

• He likes all of the judges on American Idol because of their personalities and their different opinions.

• David once competed against Alexandrea Lushington, another contestant in season 7 of American Idol on the show Star Search.

• David is great friends with Alexandrea Lushington, and when she got voted off of American Idol, it brought him to tears.

• If he couldn’t sing, he would like to be able to play the guitar and become a better songwriter.

• He wants to sing at one of the Olympics when as gets older.

• He once performed for surviving 9/11 firefighters. He sang “I Will Always Love You.

• He says his friends would be surprised that he owns Kirk Franklin albums.

• Even if given a chance for a re-do, he stated he would not change a single thing about himself.

• Although he was born in Miami, Florida, David and his family moved around in Florida for most of his early life, but finally moved to Salt Lake City, Utah on February 1997 where he currently resides, specifically in a city named Murray.

• The thing he loves most about Utah is the people there.

• On the finals of the 2nd Season of Star Search, David scored a perfect 20 points from all three judges.

• The actual date David won Star Search was March 19, 2003.

• By winning the Junior Singers competition on Star Search, David won $100,000.00

• As soon as the Archuleta Family returned to Utah, 10% or $10,000.00 was donated to their church.

• He has taken formal singing training since he was 12 years old, but only every now and then from his vocal coach, Dean Kaelin.

• His musical influences are Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin and Bryan Adams.

• He made it to the top 24 of American Idol.

• He auditioned for American Idol in San Diego, California.

Background and Song List in his appearance on Star Search:

• When David started on Star Search, he already started showing symptoms of bronchitis, which would later lead to his vocal paralysis when he reached the age of 13 and 14. One of his vocal chords was paralyzed and underdeveloped. The doctors said he can have surgery, but it was very risky. He didn’t want to take the risk because he wanted to sing. He was actually supposed to record a CD after Star Search because of his big success there, but wasn’t able to due to his vocal paralysis.

• David once performed on the Jenny Jones show. He sang “And I Am Telling You” by Jennifer Holliday.

• Preliminary Round – Who’s Lovin’ You by The Temptations

• Semifinals – Fallin’ by Alicia Keys

• Finals – You’re All I Need to Get By by Marvin Gaye

• Battle of the Champions – I Surrender by Celine Dion

• At the age of 10, he participated in the Utah Talent Competition, his first ever competition wherein he sang I Will Always Love You, his first ever song sung on stage, receiving a standing ovation.

• At the age of six, he memorized a number of songs from the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert with the corresponding English and Cockney accents.

Facts and Favorites:

Note: Some information has been taken from star search, and represents David’s interests at 12.

• Subjects in School: Science and Social Studies

• Least favorite subject: Mathematics

• Computer Games: Neopets, Zoo Tycoon and Roller Coaster Tycoon

• TV Shows: Lizzie McGuire, Star Search and Sister Sister

• Movies: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

• Actors: Robin Williams and Jim Carrey

• Animated Characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Donald Duck

• Band: Destiny’s Child

• Singers: Natalie Cole, Céline Dion and Michael Jackson

• Songs: And I’m Telling You, Who’s Loving You and Complicated by Avril Lavigne

• Album: Let Go by Avril Lavigne

• Sports Team: Utah Jazz

• Breakfast Foods: Cereal, French toast and pancakes

• Fruits: Orange, banana and apple

• Candy Bar: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

• Beverages: Water, Orange Juice and Sprite

• Sport: Rollerblading

• Quote: “You’ll never be lonely if you learn to befriend yourself.”

• Male Pop Stars: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams and Kirk Franklin.

• Female Pop Stars: Natasha Bedingfield, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.

• American Idol Contestant: Elliott Yamin and Tamara Gray

• Performer: Michael Jackson

• Food: Thai Food

• David’s American Idol audition number is 11394.

• David sang for contestants in Season 1 of American Idol. He sang And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going by Jennifer Holliday. One of those contestants just happened to be Kelly Clarkson.

List of Songs Sung by David on American Idol:

• First Audition: Waiting On the World to Change by John Mayer

• Hollywood Week Day 1: Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

• Hollywood Week Day 4: Heaven by Bryan Adams

Nationwide Voting began with the Top 24:

• February 19, 2008 – Shop Around by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (6th of 12) Top 12 Guys

• February 26, 2008 – Imagine by John Lennon (10th of 10) Top 10 Guys

• March 4, 2008 – Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins (2nd of 8 ) Top 8 Guys

• March 11, 2008 – We Can Work it Out by The Beatles (12th of 12) Top 6 Guys

• March 18, 2008 – Long and Winding Road by The Beatles (3rd of 11) Top 11

• March 25, 2008 – You’re the Voice by David Foster with Jeff Pescetto (8th of 10)

• April 1, 2008 – Smoky Mountain Memories by Dolly Parton (3rd of 9)

• April 8, 2008 – Angels by Robbie Williams (7th of 8 )

• April 15, 2008 – When You Believe by Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston (1st of 7)

• April 22, 2008 – Think Of Me by Andrew Lloyd Webber (4th of 6)

• April 29, 2008 – Sweet Caroline (4th of 5) and America (9th) by Neil Diamond

• May 6, 2008 – Stand by Me (4th of 4) and Love Me Tender

• May 13, 2008 – And So It Goes by Billy Joel (1st of 3), With You by Chris Brown, and Longer by Dan Fogelberg

• May 20th FINALS – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (performed 2nd), In This Moment, Imagine

Interview Quotes

• David: (when asked what he would change about himself) I wouldn’t change anything. Even the minor things or problems are what influence who I am. David: It’s fun to see the support that you get from your school and all your family, and friends, and stuff. It’s really neat to see, you know, if they didn’t know, so you can’t tell them, so they’re all like freaking out when they even found out I auditioned, cause I didn’t even tell them, and they’re all just like, “Why didn’t you tell us?!”, you know they’re all mad at me. That’s okay, cause I think they won’t mind since they especially saw me on the show, when they were always like, “You should be on that show!”.

• David Archuleta: (about preparing for a performance) Before singing, I usually just kinda warm up, you know, just do a couple a verbal exercises, and say a prayer too. That’s really helpful.

• David: I’m half-Honduran, and got to go to Honduras a few years ago with my family and see my mom’s side of the family. I also sang at Carnaval there, a parade like Mardi Gras. It’s also where my most embarrassing moment was.

• David: (about American Idol) I’ve definitely feel like there are things that can happen this year. And the show just opened so many doors for me and even if it’s not winning American Idol, you know that’s what I’m hoping for, but even more just hoping that I will be able to make a career.

• David: (about American Idol) The greatest thing that could come out of this is to launch my singing career. You know, being able to sing and become successful has always been my dream.

• David: I’ve had friends from California and stuff, and when they come to Utah, there like, “It’s so freaky there, everyone’s so nice and they’ll say hi to you, even though they don’t know who you are,” and it’s like “Yeah, people there are friendly.” It’s really cool.

• David: The best thing you can do to set yourself apart is just be yourself. If you’re fake, you know people find out who you are later, it’s like “Well that’s not who we thought you were.” Being yourself is where you feel most comfortable and people get, you know, they feel that connection the best. That’s the best way to go. You always have to be yourself.

• David: (about song choices) It’s always fun to take risks too with song choices and stuff, I usually try to pick a song that suits me. I’ll think it through my head, its like, “Ok, well, does this song fit me?” Or you know, sometimes I’ll want to take a risk with the song, you know it’s a little different but I wanna show what I can do with it and you know, if I really like the song and it doesn’t match me, I’ll still maybe wanna try to make it my own and give it a shot.

• David: (about singing songs) If you don’t connect with a song, then I don’t see the point in singing it, but, you know, it at least has to be a fun song to sing and if it’s fun to get into it too and it’s a lot of fun to sing.

• David: You know, I like to smile a lot, like to hang out with my friends and you know, just like to do the normal things teenagers do, you know. I am normal, believe it or not, well I guess I have to second guess that. I guess I am pretty weird, but I am a teenager. I like to do the normal, every day things

• David: (about whether it’s intimidating being on American Idol) I haven’t really thought about the other singers, you know, I’ve been more like “Okay, what am I going to be doing” you know. ‘Cause you have to think about how you’re going to present yourself and want people, wanna show your stuff and who you are. And if you really worry about the other people, its like, well, you know, takes away who you are, you know showing your stuff and being yourself.

• David (about American Idol): This is such a big opportunity for us, you know. American Idol has made tons of dreams come true and to be able to have this opportunity finally is just awesome, you know. We’re all just hoping that something will come out of this for our music and performing careers and to have this chance now, its really cool.

• David: You know, I’ve always doubted myself about my talent. I always thought everyone was kinda tone-deaf, and they’re just trying to be nice to me ‘cause I’m little.

• David: I was to sing at this charity event dinner thing and I lost my voice that night and in the middle of the song I just, I was struggling so bad and I just completely lost it and my mom came up and ran up and just grabbed the mike from me and finished the song for me and I was just like, “I want to die.” I was so glad my mom was there, if she wasn’t there I would have probably just ran away ‘cause that was just, I just felt horrible about that.

• David: The grossest thing I’ve ever eaten was this one fish soup my grandma made and I thought it was just disgusting. I couldn’t keep it down first of all and it was just nasty and I don’t remember anything good about it. It might have been healthy, but it’s not worth that.

• David: The only job I ever had was over the summer when I was at Techiat Park Amphitheatre. That was a lot of fun just ‘cause you got to control the sounds. I got to work with some of my good friends, which was a lot of fun.

• David: My family has helped me with personally my dream by just always being there all the time, supporting me like all the way and just being good sports about it and I really appreciate that.

• David: Something that surprises a lot of people is usually the music I listen to just because it’s so diverse and it would be like Hispanic music from my mom, you know I grew up listening to Hispanic music on my mom’s side and then my dad listened to Jazz music and so I grew up with that and I just love Gospel music and you know, mostly I listen to Pop, and like Pop-Rock, but soulful music ‘cause it’s just one of my favorites as well.

• David: I’m not really sure which American Idol contestant I would be compared to. I really liked how Elliott Yamin had a more soulful vibe to him and I can remember you know, like he’d sing… He sang I Don’t Wanna Be by Gavin DeGraw and he just gave a lot of soul into that, I just thought that was really cool. And that’s the kind of stuff I’d like to do you know. You know the pop music with a little soul into it, kinda’ like John Mayer, you know he’s awesome.

• David: One of my favorite performers is Michael Jackson just because you know, he’s like the king of performing, he’s amazing to watch and he has amazing songs, he’s awesome.

• David: I wanna be the next American Idol because I just been loving music for so long. It’s been-music’s pretty much my life and just the power that’s in music, it can do so much like it can change… It can change how I feel and just how everyone I’m singing to feels and how everyone just appreciates the music and stuff and uhmmm… being able to do that as a career is just a dream of mine and American Idol is the best opportunity for that to happen.

• David: If I don’t become the next American Idol, I’m going to keep on singing ‘cause you know, that’s why I’m here, I love to do it and I still wanna finish school ‘cause you know, that’s pretty dang important, especially if this music stuff doesn’t work out.

• David: When I found out that I made it to the top 24 it was just one of the best feelings I had ever had. It was like I was hired or something. It was just awesome because I just always wanted to be able to make it this far in the competition and now that I finally am able to, it’s just an awesome feeling.

• David: (when asked what other talents he has): I’ve taken a little piano and have written a few songs.

• David: (when asked when he started to sing): Around the age of 7, and really started performing in front of people at 10.

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