David Archuleta is teaming up with popular comedy sketch group Studio C from BYUtv to perform at RootsTech 2015. RootsTech is the largest family history conference in the world and will be happening on February 12–14, 2015.
Both talents will be launching original pieces at the RootsTech Closing Event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 14. David will perform 4 songs, including a new song written by himself that is sung in Spanish and Portuguese. The accompanying music video was filmed in Costa Rica in 2014 and will also have its debut appearance. What’s more, the event will feature a never-before-seen sketch by Studio C. For more information, go to RootsTech.org.
According to David, his family’s heritage and history helped craft his musical style, and being part of RootsTech gives him a chance to celebrate his family and the influence they have had on his music. “Music was always a part of my life growing up. My mother was also big on dancing and would teach my older sister and me to dance to traditional music,” he recalls. “I can’t think about celebrating my family without thinking about celebrating music.”
The comedy sketch group Studio C from BYUtv is a household name for people of all ages across the nation. Since its launch in October 2012, its loyal fan base has helped grow the show’s online presence to more than 70 million YouTube views to date.
David Archuleta and Studio C will perform for thousands of attendees at the RootsTech Closing Event on the final day of RootsTech 2015, February 14. To reserve your ticket to see them, visit rootstech.org.
David Archuleta took part in the creation of the Nashville Tribute Band’s new album, Redeemer. He both co-wrote and recorded the track “When the Son of Man (Comes Again).”
In David’s words
I participated in a project of some dear (and “Deere”) friends of mine, paying tribute to the most important person in my life, our Savior. It was a privilege to cowrite and record the 13th track on the album. Each song tries to put us in the shoes of the personal testimonies those of old had of of the Savior.
Read more about the creation of the album in the Deseret Times article, “Big names contribute to Nashville Tribute Band’s new ‘Redeemer’ album.”
David’s track and the rest of Redeemer can be previewed and purchased on iTunes.
For three performances in November, David Archuleta will headline “Celebration of Christ ~ An Interfaith Concert” at the Capital Theater in Salt Lake City.
It will take place at the following dates and times:
November 28, 2014 (Friday) - 7:30 PM
November 29, 2014 (Saturday) – 2PM and 7:30PM
David will be performing four Christmas songs at the “Celebration of Christ” concerts. The event also features Kevin Olusola from Pentatonix, and the One Voice Choir returning from a stellar performance on “America’s Got Talent.” The program includes special guest choirs, a full orchestra, and a dance ensemble drawn from nine different faiths uniting in Christianity to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ in music, dance, and special effects. The event is presented by Vic Deauvono & 4Life Foundation.
Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday October 31 at 10 A.M. MT. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.arttix.org/.
The music video for David Archuleta’s newest single, Glorious, can now be viewed on Meet The Mormons.
You can also download the recording for free here.
Tune in this Sunday to FM100.3 for a sneak preview of Glorious, a new recording by David Archuleta. The song will be heard near the end of the soon-to-be-released movie Meet the Mormons.
You can hear an interview with David and the new recording on FM100.3 or online at http://
This week we finished the Military Tribute Tour. We went back to Kuwait for 3 shows, and then did our last show on the tour in Djibouti. It was a bittersweet experience having it come to an end, but it made such an impact on me.
It was interesting to me as this was my first time coming back performing with the title “David Archuleta” and having to embrace that since my mission. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel, but there was a different motivating factor this time, which was that this tour was all about giving tribute to the troops. We flew out to these countries; to these military bases on our own time and without getting paid anything. We came out to get to know them, and express our gratitude for them with what God gave us in our abilities and talents.
I would divide the focuses on this tour into 2 different categories: 1st, Getting to know who these men and women were and 2nd, Getting to know what they do.
Traveling to the different bases in each country gave us a realistic view of what is going on and the work that these troops do. They showed us everything from the aircrafts and vehicles to the loading areas and offices; from the chow halls where they eat to the living quarters— whether they were buildings, CLU’s (containerized living units), or tents. We saw all of the different parts it takes to put it all together, and all of the people it took with different skills.
My favorite part of these tours and staying on these bases was getting to meet these servicemen and women and hear their stories. One of them I met in Camp Patriot in Kuwait. She was a Captain, and had an 11 month-old daughter, but she had been away from her for the last several months. On top of that, her husband was also deployed in another camp in Kuwait, so neither of them are able to be there with their new daughter to watch her grow during these first months of her life. The daughter stayed with grandparents in the meantime.
I was impressed to hear stories similar to this time and time again. A lot of times we have stereotypes for these men and women of what kind of lifestyle they come from, what matters to them, and how normal they really are. I met parents, grandparents, people my age and even younger than me everywhere. They all were far away from family and loved ones, and while they are fulfilling to their amazing duty to serve our country it still is no easy task to be away from family and loved ones in tough circumstances that are not your typical home environment. I jumped at the chance to listen to them, and simply be around them. If there was nothing else I could give to them, at least I could give them my time— there is nothing more valuable to me than that, and so I am glad that I could give even a little bit of time to be with them and get to know who they are and what they do.
At the end of the trip we were able to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We did a faith-based meeting (also known as a fireside) with stories and music similar to what we were doing on the tour, only more faith-focused. I really loved getting to do these firesides throughout our trip when time permitted, and to feel the hearts and spirits of these strong-spirited youth in these parts of the world.
After this fireside we went out to an Ethiopian restaurant where they had traditional Ethiopian dancers and an Ethiopian band. It was awesome! A few people in the restaurant recognized me, along with a worker, and the next thing I know the owner comes up to ask if I would sing for everyone there. At first I felt awkward, but in the end I thought “eh, why not?” and got up to sing 2 songs: “Stand By Me” and “Everybody Hurts” which I had been singing during the military tour. It was quite the experience being backed up by an Ethiopian band along with my voice coach, Dean Kaelin who was on the tour with us. Good times!
It’s been unforgettable. I am taking so many memories with me from these past few weeks. I just want to thank again these men and women in the military for serving and doing what they do. I am so grateful that they took us in and allowed us to experience a little bit of their experiences. It means so much to me, and to everyone on our tour. We appreciate you and your time you shared with us. Military Tribute Tour accomplished!
Well that’s a wrap for this blog. Thanks for reading!
David will be doing a live chat on June 24, starting at 5.30pm MDT in Spanish and 7pm MDT in English, to talk about his mission and perform some songs. The live chat will take place on the LDS Youth Facebook page. The event can also be viewed live on lds.org and the Mormon youtube channel. Submit your questions on the Face to Face event page or via twitter using the hashtag #LDSface2face.
You may now watch the “Called to Serve” online at KSL.com:
“Called to Serve” documentary courtesy of KSL.com
“David Archuleta – Called to Serve” is a half hour documentary about David’s mission premiering Sunday, April 6, at 1:30 pm US Mountain time. Check local listings or view it at the KSL-TV livestream. Note that the livestream may not be available in all countries.
Here are some promotional stills from the documentary with David’s words:
Words we have been waiting for…..
David says it all in this short video.
Here is a video of David with his cousin Vanessa Deliz singing one of her original songs she wrote called “Roller Coaster”. You can check out some of her other music at www.reverbnation.com/vanessadeliz