Tue, October 31, 2017
Cedar Cultural Center
Platinum-selling pop star David Archuleta doesn’t like attention. But he deserves yours.
http://www.thecedar.org/event/1543230 (Read in full here)
“At 6 years old, Archuleta, who grew up on a steady diet of musicals like Les Misérables and Evita, developed a love for singing as a way to find solace in the comfort of his backyard.
“I didn’t really want to pursue fame and stardom. But I felt like it was something I needed to do to fulfill one of the assignments I’d been given in my life.”
He talks about a series of three four-song EPs that, due out over the course of this year (and later as a full-length LP with additional songs), (WOAH people!!) starting with the May 19th release of Orion, combine to make a heartfelt artistic statement. Unburdened by the pressures and focus-group-think of industry handlers, yet set to pop tones sure to pleasantly surprise old fans and attract new followers to his already robust global fan base, it’s the first album the singer’s co-written and recorded as an adult.
“I connect to my songs more now than I ever have,” he goes on to say. “Before, my team had goals to fulfill; they didn’t really care about my story, they were just like, ‘Make sure you have enough love songs that we can release, because that’s what people want to buy.’ I’ve never been about romance and breakups and high school love and all that. I’ve always been about life, and self-introspection.”
“I think I’ll take a second change,” Archuleta sings with a familiar bell-clear powerhouse croon.
I need to be who I am or else I’ll go numb again.”
After a decade under the discerning eyes of American Idol judges, TV viewers, record label know-it-alls and music critics trying to shape and define his identity, Archuleta has discovered he’s the only one who can find himself, and, with confidence winning out over self-doubt, that’s what he’s done on Orion. “These songs are about the struggle of finding your own voice and how hard it can be sometimes to believe in yourself. …
“I’m David. I’m the kid who always sat in his backyard, alone, singing to the cats. I don’t have to be cool. I just have to be David.”